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National Workshop on Human-Centered Robotics (NWHCR`18)
A National Workshop on Human-Centered Robotics (NWHCR'18) was organized at IIT Jodhpur in collaboration with The Robotics Society (TRS) during 17-18 March 2018. The workshop had two Keynote Talks, seven Expert Lectures and a Panel Discussion in the area of Human-Centered Robotics by eminent Professors, Scientists, Researchers from Academia, R&D Organizations and Industry. The workshop received a very encouraging response and it was attended by more than ninety participants. The workshop emphasized bringing forward various problems and research opportunities in the area of Human-Centered Robotics. More specifically, it focused on robotic rehabilitation, medical robotics, robotics simulators for training of human, assistive robotics, robot navigation in a human environment, robot learning from human and safe robots.
Participants of the Workshop
Professor Kaushal A. Desai, General Chair and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomed the Participants and Experts to the workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Professor K. Madhava Krishna (IIIT Hyderabad), Professor S. Bandyopadhyay (IIT Madras) and Shri Ranjan Dasgupta (TCS Innovation Lab, Kolkata). Shri U. K. Singh (Director, Defence Bio-engineering and Electro-medical Lab, DRDO) and Professor S. K. Saha (IIT Delhi) delivered keynote talks and Professor K. Madhava Krishna (IIIT Hyderabad) delivered the inaugural talk. This was followed by the invited talks by Professor S. Bandyopadhyay (IIT Madras), Professor B. Ravindran (IIT Madras), Professor Sudipto Mukherjee (IIT Delhi), Professor Arun Dayal Udai (BIT Mesra), and Professor Vineet Vashistha (IIT Gandhinagar). A panel discussion on challenges, opportunity, and road ahead in the area was organised during the workshop, which was steered by Professor S. K. Saha with panel members as Professor S. Bandyopadhyay (IIT Madras), Professor Vineet Vashistha (IIT Gandhinagar), Shri A. K. Yadav (Defence Lab Jodhpur), Professor Abhay Elhence (AIIMS Jodhpur), Shri. Ranjan Dasgupta (TCS Innovation Lab, Kolkata), and Professor Suril V. Shah (IIT Jodhpur)
Also, the workshop provided an opportunity to the participants to showcase their research in the from poster and demo in front of the experts to get valuable inputs. The participants visited the Robotics Lab at IIT Jodhpur and saw the ongoing research and were made aware of the facilities available in the Institute.