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    "ROBOZONE-12" @ NMiMS Shirpur Campus : Mukesh Patel Technology Park

    Robozone’12 was conducted in collaboration with Bolster Robotics and IEEE NMIMS-SHR Chapter. The workshop was conducted in two modules: 1. Manual Robotics
    2. Autonomous Robotics.
    Each module took 04 hours for its conduction.
    In manual module resource person has explained how to make interaction between human and machine, with direct involvement of humans.
    In autonomous module, programming and implementation of human machine interfacing can be done, along with its hands-on experience.
    Manual Robotics
    The session for Manual Robotics was conducted on 2nd September, 2012. This session received an overwhelming participation of 192 students.
    The session began with an opening ceremony and a few valuable inspiring words from Director Dr. Tapan Bagchi. Prof. Shailendra B., Prof Shashikant Patil, Prof. Sunil Choudhary and Prof Rehan Ahmad . The participants were divided into two batches so that each participant could receive appropriate attention.
    The workshop started with an introduction to robotics by Mr. Rohan Kikani. It consisted of introduction to robotics, definition of robotics and robots, classification of robots and application of robots in various fields. The knowledge was imparted with the help of a powerpoint presentation and Mr. Kikani made it interesting with the help of suitable videos of various robots working in different environments. The participants shared a common bedazzled expression when some of the latest upcoming robots were shown to them. He also introduced the participants to the ‘artificial intelligence’ concept and its application in robotics.
    After Mr. Rohan Kikani concluded, Mr. Uttam Mishra took the dais to speak about various types of movements in machines. It consisted of basics of various types of drives in automobiles: Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive, Four Wheel Drive, etc; and other possible techniques to make a machine move.
    With the help of videos, he also displayed some innovative locomotion technologies being used and developed. He concluded with an introduction to Servo Motors, how they can be used and their advantages and disadvantages.
    Later, the participants had a hands-on experience by assembling manual robot themselves. It was the first experience of working with robotics or self-assembling a machine for most of the participants. The kits (i.e. the tools and apparatus) were provided by Bolster Robotics. The participants were supposed to assemble a Four Wheel Drive machine driven by AC Servo motors and controlled by DPDT switches. They were assisted in the process by the Working Executives of IEEE Chapter and Coordinators from Bolster Robotics.
    The end result was a machine which can move in any desired direction by the controller who possessed the DPDT switch control. The event received an immensely positive feedback from the participants. This concluded the Manual Robotics Session of Robozone’12.

    Autonomous Robotics
    The session for Autonomous Robotics was conducted on 9th September, 2012. About 192 students became a part of this session.
    This session also was taken in to batches for the convenience of the participants. Mr. Tushar Saxena (Chief Operations Officer, Bolster Robotics), Mr. Aakash Aggarwal (Chief Technical Officer), Mr. Sunny Sharma (Chief Marketing Officer) and Mr. Rishit Borad (Chief Finance Officer) were also present in these sessions.
    The sessions began with an introduction to Autonomous Robotics by Mr. Tushar Saxena. It consisted of basics of telecommunication, coding, decoding, modulation, demodulation, data transmission, etc.
    Later the participants had their first experience in device programming with help Eclipse software. They used C and C++ languages to program various devices with the help of a printed circuit board containing various elements used in digital communication.
    The function of various components was explained to the participants by the Coordinators. Thus, the participants were later able to experiment with various components used as output devices LEDs, LCD screens, IR sensors and servo motors.
    During the hands-on experience, the participants were given several tasks to program and obtain specific outputs for specific inputs. For example, controlling the duration of lighting of LEDs and its flickering using computer programming; obtaining specific text output on LCD screens and using various functions that can be applied to LCD screens; obtaining inputs from IR sensors and using them to control servo motors (i.e. programming a line follower).

    The sessions concluded with all the participants successfully programming the various components used. Both the sessions received an immensely positive feedback from the participants.
    IEEE Executives-
    1. Prof. Shailendra B. (IEEE Branch counselor)
    2. Prof. Shashikant Patil (IEEE Co-ordinator)
    Faculty in charges:-
    1. Prof. Sunil Choudhary (Faculty In charge)
    2. Prof. Rehan Ahmad (Faculty In charge)
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