Center for Mechatronics
IIT Kanpur


Coordinator

Prof. Ashish Dutta,
Center for Mechatronics
IIT Kanpur
http://home.iitk.ac.in/~adutta/
adutta@iitk.ac.in

Welcome to Center for Mechatronics

The Center for Robotics at IIT Kanpur was established in 1989 through a grant of Rupees 5 million from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, mainly through the efforts of Prof. Amitabha Ghosh. Thereafter, the activities in Robotics at IIT Kanpur increased through more student projects, both at the postgraduateand undergraduate levels, more thesis work at M.Tech and Ph.D. levels, and many sponsored and consultancy projects. It moved to its current premises at Room NL 312 at the Northern Lab Building in 1990. The same year the first formal Head, Prof. Ashok Malik was appointed. During this time, work in the area of Mobile Robotics got well established.

It was realized that to have a balanced growth in an area like Robotics, it was necessary to invilve more than a single department, and faculty from at least four academic departments and several interdisciplinary programs were soon participating in the activities. Subsequently, to better reflect its interdisciplinary nature, the Center was renamed 'Center for Mechatronics' in 1994, during the Headship of Prof.Himanshu Hatwal. However, the names 'Robotics Center' and 'Roblab" remained, especially, amongst the students with whom the laboratory had become increasingly popular by this time.

Prof. Harish Karnick, the subsequent Head, took the Center strongly in the direction of Machine Vision and Image Processing, while the next Head, Prof. Amitabha Mukherjee, laid the foundation for work in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Robot Gaming and many other areas. The Robotics Centre has initiated a number of activities in the frontier area of Mechatronics, and has become truly interdisciplinary. In view of this, the name of the Center has been changed to 'Center for Mechatronics'.

Robotics Activities

Robocon IIT Kanpur

Robocon, as some might be knowing, is the most prestigious robotics competition in South-East Asia. On top of that, it is among one of the select few competitions in which the team is not just a group of individuals, but the visage of the institute they come from.
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Robotics Club IIT Kanpur

If you have ever even secretly aspired to build your own robot, then the Robotics Club, IITK is the place for you! We are a diverse group of over-enthused robotics nerds who find roots across all academic departments of the institute as well as 'seniority'.
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Electronics Club IIT Kanpur

The Electronics Club is a hobby group that aims to teach and help people understand the seemingly incomprehensible electronic gadgets in the world today, and also assists people in developing their own devices. To this end, various lectures, workshops, projects as well as competitions throughout the year concerning both analog as well as digital electronics keep the calendar busy and the participants, learning.
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