THE FU­TURE STARS

Two stand­out stu­dent projects at BITS Pi­lani have caught ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion. By Mridu Rai

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In­no­vate, Achieve, Lead’ is the motto of Birla In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy ( BITS), Pi­lani and stay­ing true to this slo­gan, two groups of stu­dents at BITS have de­vel­oped projects which have been get­ting a whole lot of at­ten­tion.

COM­MON IN­TER­ESTS

In 2007, a group of en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents bound by a com­mon in­ter­est in au­to­mo­biles came to­gether to form In­spired Karters and went on to build a For­mula One car and an All-ter­rain ve­hi­cle. “We’re not into rac­ing per se but are in­ter­ested in the tech­ni­cal as­pects of build­ing a car from scratch,” says Saket Ni­hal, team cap­tain, All-Ter­rain Ve­hi­cle.

“While work­ing on the project, stu­dents have to ap­ply those the­o­ries they’ve learnt from the first through the third year at BITS,” ex­plains Pro­fes­sor Kuldip Singh Sang­wan, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and chief of the work­shop unit at BITS. All their hard work seems to have paid off as the team was awarded the first place in Static De­sign Eval­u­a­tion at Baje Sae In­dia 2013. They are now work­ing on two new projects: the first, to turbo charge a sin­gle cylin­der 250cc en­gine of a For­mula style pro­to­type us­ing elec­trop­neu­matic gear shift­ing while the sec­ond is to in­stall a four- wheel steer­ing and global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem in its All- Ter­rain Ve­hi­cle; both of which are a first for a stu­dent project in In­dia.

MEAN MA­CHINE

De­rived from the san­skrit word achyut which means one who is im­per­ish­able, AcYut is In­dia’s first in­dige­nously de­vel­oped hu­manoid ro­bot. From its first ver­sion in 2008, AcYut is, at present, in its sixth ver­sion and a team of seven stu­dents at BITS are con­stantly at work look­ing for new ways to to in­no­vate and up­grade. “Our aim is to make the AcYut as life- like as pos­si­ble. It should be able to make sim­ple de­ci­sions, in­ter­act with hu­man be­ings and aid them in day- to- day ac­tiv­i­ties,” says Kaus­tubh Nawade, stu­dent head of AcYut.

The AcYut team was ad­judged the best hu­manoid in the teen size cat­e­gory at an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Iran in April 2013 and have also been in­vited to demon­strate tech­nol­ogy they have de­vel­oped at pres­ti­gious in­sti­tu­tions such as Stan­ford Univer­sity and Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity.

In­spired Karters team at For­mula Stu­dent Hun­gary

(above) The AcYut team at RoboCup 2013 in Nether­lands; The All-ter­rain ve­hi­cle com­petes in the SAEINDIA BAJA com­pe­ti­tion

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