Mars-bound tech adds humanoid touch to India event

Robotics technology bound for Mars has been showcased at a flagship trade event in New Delhi this week.

World-leading experts from Edinburgh showcased recent advances they have made to support future missions by the US space agency, NASA.

India-born Professor Sethu Vijayakumar, who leads this project, put one of Edinburgh’s miniature humanoid robots through its paces at the UK-India Tech Summit from 7 to 9 November.

The mini machine performed a range of tasks that mimic the capabilities of the much larger Valkyrie robot, which Edinburgh researchers are developing for trips to Mars.

Weighing 125kg and standing 1.8m tall, Valkyrie will enable breakthroughs in humanoid control, motion planning and perception.

Professor Vijayakumar, who is Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, demonstrated how research from labs can be translated into educational tools to inspire the next generation of engineers.

He showcased a 3-D printed humanoid robot – aimed at making the teaching of robotics and coding fun and affordable.  Professor Vijayakumar also demonstrated a multi-function prosthetic hand developed at Edinburgh.

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The Summit also spotlighted high-speed internet technology developed by engineers at the University of Edinburgh, which is set to benefit millions of people across the world.

The pioneering technology – known as Li-Fi – is transmitted using light waves from commercially available LED bulbs instead of existing radio technology.

The UK-India Tech Summit is India’s biggest technology event, which enables leaders, businesses and researchers explore the possible technology collaborations.

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The University will also showcase its research excellence in medicine, science and the humanities with a delegation visiting Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Academics will also hold lectures and meetings on other research topics, including wildlife conservation, politics and development.

Edinburgh has links with a number of Indian universities including the National Centre for Biological Sciences, the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University.

The University of Edinburgh’s India Institute and its India Liaison Office in Mumbai seek to extend ties with India by encouraging research collaborations and academic exchanges.

Links between the University and India date back nearly 250 years. Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh’s Principal from 1762 to 1793, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India. Edinburgh’s first Indian student graduated in 1876 and, by the 1920s, its Indian student population was greater than that of any other British university.

The University of Edinburgh enjoys a long standing relationship with India. Our participation in the UK India Tech Summit this week along with a series of events in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore underpins our commitment to strengthen research and teaching partnerships.

Edinburgh is the most popular destination for Indian students coming to study in Scotland and we are committed to growing our Indian student body. Edinburgh has seen a 12 per cent increase in the numbers of Indian students choosing to study at the University in 2016/17 and we look forward to further reinforcing our position as a partner of choice in India.

Professor Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal - The University of Edinburgh 

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