- The strategic partnership aims to harness advances in AI and ML and next-generation networks to develop robotic teleportation and advanced warehouse automation applications.
- Visitors had the opportunity to have real-time interactions with exhibits and people in IISc-Nokia Center for Networked Robotics using IISc/ARTPARK’s robotic teleportation technology.
Bangalore-based non-profit foundation, AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) @ the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Nokia have partnered to showcase two innovative use cases at the ongoing Indian Mobile Congress: Robotic telepresence for seamless workplace interactions in a hybrid setup and The network as a “third eye” to automate manual warehouse processes, which can take advantage of 5G’s ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC).
As part of the first use case, AHAM Robotics, a company incubated at ARTPARK, demonstrated a robotic teleportation solution that provides real-time virtual teleportation that enables untethered collaboration between people in different geographic locations. The solution allows users to physically move around during the meeting and enables more versatile interactions and use cases than traditional web meetings. The demos allowed IMC visitors to enjoy live interactions with IISc exhibitors via robotic teleportation.
In the second use case, ARTPARK showed how blind robots can still operate autonomously using network-enabled advanced perception. These technologies, enabled by advanced, low-latency and ultra-reliable 5G services, will contribute to cost-effective and efficient automation of warehouse functions. The demo showed how a simple robot without built-in vision capability could still use externally mounted cameras (third eye) and have meaningful interactions with visitors.
Teacher. Bharadwaj Amrutur, Research Director, ARTPARK, Professor, IISc“As workplaces move towards a more hybrid setup, we will need tools to digitize global business communications to ensure productivity and profitability. This is where robotic teleportation comes in. They offer both technology and collaboration benefits, benefiting businesses and customers alike.While video conferencing has emerged as a savior during the pandemic, allowing businesses to interact virtually, it alone will not meet the challenge. the rapidly changing needs of today’s hybrid world. AHAM Robotics, incubated at ARTPARK, aims to meet this challenge by making the most of innovations in AI and robotics to help companies fill their gaps in matters of cooperation.
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AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) is a one-of-a-kind non-profit foundation established by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, with the support of AI Foundry in a public-private collaboration model, to promote technological innovations in AI (Artificial Intelligence) & Robotics. With seed funding of INR 170 Cr ($22 million) from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) and a grant worth INR 60 Cr from GOK (Government of Karnataka), the ecosystem is designed to create a collaborative consortium of partners from industry, academia, and government agencies. These innovations will be channeled to create societal impact by executing ambitious R&D projects in mission mode in the fields of health, education, mobility, infrastructure, agriculture, retail and cybersecurity that focus on India-specific issues.