The Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysuru, conducted a week-long faculty development programme (FDP) on “Recent Trends in Robotics & Controls” at its premises recently.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, Sr Executive, Business Development, Siemens Ltd., Thane, Niraj Godbole said that technology trends such as big data, cloud technology and the IoT were fuelling digital transformation that will impact how products were developed, manufactured and used across all sectors of manufacturing industry.
“India’s emergence as a global manufacturing hub, its economic reforms and various policy initiatives have made it one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. Megatrends such as climate change and globalisation have led to ever shorter innovation cycles,” he said.
Niraj Godbole concluded by noting that education was facing the challenge of keeping pace with shorter innovation cycles. In this scenario, such FDP programmes would serve the important purpose of updating the knowledge of the teaching faculty and help in bridging the gap between academia and industry to a considerable extent.
Blurb: The programme covered a wide range of topics such as Robot kinematics, dynamics, locomotion, robotics vision, speech processing, sensorics, PLC programming, as well as promising areas of research for the future. About 40 faculty members from various engineering colleges in Karnataka and 20 MTech students of NIE took part in the programme.
Dr B K Sridhara, Professor & Chairman, Mechanical Science Division; S L Ramachandra, Director, NIE Managing Committee; Niraj Godbole, Sr. Executive, Business Development, Siemens Ltd., Thane; Ramakrishne Gowda, Joint Director, District Industries Centre, Mysuru; Dr G L Shekar, Principal and S K Lakshminarayana, Hon. Secretary, NIE Managing Committee.