Stu­dent launches robotics com­pany in Christchurch

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A Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury PhD stu­dent has won an in­tern schol­ar­ship to the IBM re­search cen­tre in the heart of Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Steven Ban­er­jee has re­ceived an IBM funded Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury BlueFern in­tern­ship to spend up to six months at the IBM Al­maden Re­search Labs in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia. It is one of IBM’s nine world­wide re­search labs and has made sem­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions to com­puter stor­age sys­tems and ma­te­ri­als science and tech­nol­ogy.

“This visit will help me in my start-up ven­ture in Christchurch when I come back to New Zealand,” says Ban­er­jee. “My plan is to de­velop the world’s first mi­cro/nano ro­botic desk­top-sized fac­tory for ma­nip­u­lat­ing ob­jects that are tens to hun­dreds of times smaller than a speck of dust.

“I want to create this first-of-its-kind tiny fac­tory that will have ap­pli­ca­tions from drug re­search and dis­cov­ery to the 3D print­ing of mol­e­cules. It will have down­stream ben­e­fits to the New Zealand econ­omy work­ing out of Christchurch with an­gel in­vestors from Sil­i­con Val­ley and New Zealand. This would be a win-win sce­nario not only for New Zealand but also glob­ally.”

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