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HISTORY:

The Centre for Robotics & Intelligent Systems (CRIS) came into existence in the year 1992. Earlier it was known as Centre for Robotics (CFR). Prior to that there was an informal research group working in this then emerging area. This research group at CRIS has acquired in-depth technical skills in design and fabrication of robot manipulators, AGVs, devising intelligent control strategies for both manipulator and navigation and their real time implementations.

OBJECTIVE:                                                                                                                                                                                        

The objective of CRIS is to develop prototypes that provide greater intelligence and higher versatility for robotic tasks under ever-changing constraints of the environment. This objective is set forth to make Indian industry competitive by developing indigenous technical skills, manpower and innovative spirit.

Each prototype is developed in four different stages:

(i) Conceptualization

(ii) Algorithmic development and verification in simulated environment

(iii) Real-time testing and

(iv) Integration to automated system.

RESOURCE AVAILABILITY:

CRIS is well equipped and is aiming to explore the possibilities of creating virtual intelligence in animated systems. The new computing systems will be based upon the virtual cognitive machines for solving the real world perception, reasoning and decision making problems. The research group of CRIS has its members from Electrical & Electronics, Instrumentation, Mechanical and Computer Science. Besides faculty members, many students from various disciplines work on different projects at CRIS for their doctoral thesis, M.E. dissertations and first degree theses.

COLLABORATIONS:

The Centre for Robotics actively collaborates with CAIR, Bangalore, BARC, Mumbai and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A.and University of Salford , Greater Manchester,UK.

ACTIVE RESEARCH AREAS:

Current activities of this Centre are in areas such as

. Research and development of Humanoid

Mechanical design and fabrication of articulated SCARA and direct drive manipulators

Autonomous guided vehicles for uneven terrains and walking robots

Dynamic control of robot arm

Adaptive and robust control

Modeling and control using neural and fuzzy neural networks

Real-time control using DSP and micro controller based controller card

Path planning

Development of infra-red and ultrasonic based obstacle avoidance module

Fusion of vision with ultrasonic based sensing system

Global and local path planning in both static and dynamic environment

Robotic vision

Visuo-motor coordination

Visual tracking

Active vision and object recognition

Intelligent system design, machine learning, computation and virtual reality.                                                                                              

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