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Fascinating: Students of IIT-M keenly watch the demonstration of the robots designed by their peers for the international robotic competition to be held in Tokyo, at the institute on Tuesday.
Fascinating: Students of IIT-M keenly watch the demonstration of the robots designed by their peers for the international robotic competition to be held in Tokyo, at the institute on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

At the international event named Robocon 2009

CHENNAI: A team of students from IIT-Madras is all set to enthral the Japanese scientists in August with the robots they designed and built imitating Kago.

The team has been selected for Robocon 2009, an international event, to be held in Tokyo from August 20 to 24 this year.

This is the first time IIT Madras has got the opportunity to represent India in an international robotic competition by winning the national robotic competition.

According to Ashwin Ram, one of the team leaders, Kago is a Japanese term for palanquin, strung from a pole each end of which rests on the shoulder of a bearer.

“In Japan, after marriage the bride is usually carried in a palanquin by crossing mountains and forests and she hits a drum thrice after reaching the house of the bridegroom. Our robot imitates the cultural event,” says T.V.S.Sandeep, who led the mechanical team.

The team, comprising mainly of second-year undergraduate students from different streams, cracked the problem statement, which was based on Japanese culture, said Akash, another student.

Kago is replicated by two robots, one automatic and the other manually controlled. The two robots would be carrying the palanquin in which there would be another automatic robot whose purpose is to beat the drums, signifying the arrival of the bride.

The team which represented IIT Madras at the national robotic competition was constituted with the help of iBot, the Robotics Club of IIT Madras. iBot essentially aims at promoting and facilitating Robotics activities as well as acting as a platform for exchange of views and technical expertise pertaining to Robotics.

Help of professors and administrative support provided by the IIT Centre for Innovation helped a lot, said Raghav.M.Iyengar, a member of the team. With the victory at Robocon 2009, IIT Madras has yet again shown the talent in the field of robotics, said Nitin Chandrachoodan, Assistant Professor, IIT Madras.

Efficient coordination of the various modules with line sensor, tilt sensor and proximity sensor of robots helped accomplish the task of crossing artificial barriers and reaching the destination, said R.Arvind, one of the faculty members.

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