RESEARCH

Collaborative Mobile Robot systems are emerging to be inclusive and prominent to handle tasks that are dangerous, repetitive and uncertain for Humans. They can explore hazardous environments, difficult terrains on earth, stretches of land, depths of sea, horizon of sky and outer space. They can also interact with a child with special needs and take care of an elderly  person's health while being socially relevant. At RIL, we are exploring various "Research Areas" (See below) of these intelligent machines to find a balance b/w autonomy and human collaboration in diverse areas ranging from manufacturing, defense, healthcare, agriculture, transportation to common household operations. Our efforts in the research and development of robotics and its applications have attracted prolific interest with investment by the Government, Academia and Industries globally.

Projects

1. Project Name: A Low-Cost Bio-inspired Autonomous Multi-modal Mobile Collaborative Robotic System for Inspection & Surveillance Work in Constrained Conditions.  
Period: 2021 – 2024 
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency : Core Research Grant CRG/2021, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. It is one of the prestigious career grants in India & provides core research support to active researchers to undertake research and development in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.

2. Project Name: Setting-up of an Advanced Robotics Research Lab and a Robotics Teaching Lab at CPDM, IISc Bangalore. 
It supports CPDMs new programme in Advanced manufacturing (Robotics, Autonomous Systems & Controls) to expand on existing research, teaching and manufacturing activities in the Industry 4.0. Establish research record and teaching curriculum in the following areas: Autonomous mobile system controls (including drones and land vehicles), Human collaborative robotics, Robotic perception, Cognition & navigation, Real time AI, Continuous machine learning, Long-term autonomy, Robotic product development. More details can be found at www.cpdm.iisc.ac.in/ril/ 
Period: 2019 – 2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Startup Grant SR/MHRD, Ministry of Education and Department of Heavy Industries, Govt. of India. 

Funding Agencies