ISA Bangalore Section Hosts Industrial Automation Student Event

Cross section of the gathering


Engineering colleges and universities from across the states of Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu in South India gathered to showcase their engineering domain knowledge through paper presentations, project exhibitions, technical quizzes, and robot demonstrations at the ISAB Industrial Automation and Control Tech Event Day (iACT-2017). The event, held 4-5 March 2017 at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal University, was organized by the ISA Bangalore section.

Chief guest for the function was Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, head, academic initiatives at Microsoft India; the guest of honor was Rajesh Rathi, president, ISA Bangalore; and the president of the event was B.H.V. Pai, PhD, joint director, MIT, Manipal.

K. Raghunandana, PhD, professor of mechatronics and the faculty advisor of the ISA Section of MIT, explained that the ISA Manipal section is a technical club dedicated to providing quality workshops, industrial visits, and internships, among other activities. Backed by a committed student body, the ISA Manipal section was judged the best student section under ISA Bangalore for its excellent work in the 2015-16 academic year.

In his inaugural address, Rathi said ISA Bangalore is the headquarters of ISA sections in Karnataka, Kerala (one section), and Tamil Nadu (two sections), providing the sections with technical support. It also provides membership to students and professionals and furnishes a forum for a healthy exchange of knowledge and technical expertise. He also mentioned that four students from ISAB have been invited to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to take part in the student competition to be held at SAIT Polytechnic.

Pai, in his presidential address, commented that it was very useful for the faculty and students to interact with industry personnel and mentioned that automation and robotics would be the state of the art in industries of the future. He also reminded the assembly of the laws of robots as formulated by science fiction author Isaac Asimov. (A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders from human beings, except when such orders conflict with the first law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as that does not conflict with the first or second laws.)

The chief guest of the function, Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi, gave a spell-binding speech on the rise of startups in India and their future. His speech was extremely motivational for all the participants of iACT-2017. He also mentioned that the college students should prefer joining startups, which will enhance their knowledge and align them with the latest techniques in the market. A young entrepreneur from Vadodara, Gujarat, Ms. Vrinda, was also an invited speaker for the event. She gave the audience some tips on how to start a company and the steps to follow to do so.

The event also included paper presentations, a project exhibition, and the technical quiz. The elimination round for the quiz was given to individual student members. The following 10 students from different colleges qualified for the final round of the quiz. Irrespective of their colleges, the students were grouped into five teams of two members each.

Welcome Address delivered by Dr. Raghunandana

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Name

College

1

Brijesh Gupta C.R.

BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

2

Nishant K.R. Barua

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

3

Mahesh Kumar

 

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

4

Chetan Shandilya

Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur

5

Harshit U.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

6

Manav Rajavanshi

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

7

K.V. Dharma Teja

BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

8

Pooja M.S.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

9

Neelambika K.S.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

10

Viraj Puntambeka

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

 

iACT-2017 had invited participants to submit paper and project presentations about the following topics:

  • programmable logic controllers and supervisory control and data acquisition applications in the automation industry
  • sensor technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • virtual instrumentation
  • AC-DC drivers in automation
  • fieldbus applications
  • safety standards in process industries
  • robotics
  • automation for smart industries

The following ten best papers were selected and invited for presentation:

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Title of the paper

Authors

Institution

1

A Comparative Analysis of Industrial-grade Parallel Gripper and Linear Gripper

Kulpreeth Singh, Dhruv

MIT, Manipal

2

Development of Modeling and Control Environment for Hydraulic Power Plants

Pavan P.

MIT, Manipal

3

Hardware in Loop Simulation for a Six-axis Robot Using Open Modelica and OPC-UA

Ritesh Kumar Sharma

MIT, Manipal

4

RFID-based Practical Solution for Smart Shopping and Efficient Retail Inventory Management

Smrithi Reddy, Akhil Muraleedharan, Vandana Murki

MIT, Manipal

5

Wireless Transmission of Electrical Energy Harnessed from National Highways

Karthik Gunalan, Neha Manivannan, Veena Hegde

BMSCE, Bangalore

6

Design and Implementation of Stress Management

Vinayak N. Baddi, Vaibhav Revankar, Vijay Kumar U., Professor Rohini Hongal

BVB Hubli

7

Smart Kitchen Cabinet for Smart Home

Shriya Bagmar, Soumya Patil, Professor Nikita Patil

BVB Hubli

8

Pulsar-based Navigation System: The Future of Galactic Navigation

Pavan U.A.

SIT, Tumkur

9

Checking the Integrity of Global Positioning Recommended Minimum (GPRMC) by Using Artificial Neural Network

Viraj Puntambekar

VIT, Vellore

10

Smartbin: Smart Waste Management System

Dipesh Kumar, Vishal R.

SIT, Tumkur

 

The prize-winning presentations were from the following papers:

  • First prize: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial-grade Parallel Gripper and Linear Gripper by Kulpreeth Singh, Dhruv from MIT, Manipal
  • Second prize: Checking the Integrity of Global Positioning Recommended Minimum (GPRMC) by Using Artificial Neural Network by Viraj Puntambekar from VIT, Vellore
  • Third prize: Hardware in Loop Simulation for a Six-axis Robot Using Open Modelica and OPC-UA by Ritesh Kumar Sharma from MIT, Manipal

The various projects presented were:

Title of the project

Team leader

Institution

Multisensor data fusion for efficient collection of head gesture

Ritesh Ranjan Singh

VIT, Vellore

Farmer's aid

Keshav Kumar T.

BMSCE, Bangalore

Mechanization of cloth folding

Shilpa Vijay Kumar

BMSCE, Bangalore

Regenerative cycle

Shifa Yemen

VVIET, Mysore

Home automation with LASER-based secure system

Jeevan Ksheera

MIT, Manipal

Prepaid energy meter using Arduino and GSM

Krupa Raj

VVIET, Mysore

Embedded control for pollution free zone

Karthik A.

VVIET, Mysore

Smart vision stick for aiding visually challenged people

Mahesh Kumar

VVIET, Mysore

QBCD

Aryan Adya

MIT, Manipal

Mechanical robotic arm for rover

Kulpreet Singh

MIT, Manipal

Agritech

Rajat Tyagi

MIT, Manipal

 

The prize-winning projects were:

  • First prize: Mechanization of cloth folding from BMSCE
  • Second prize: Smart vision stick for aiding visually challenged people from VVIET
  • Third prize: (a) Multisensor data fusion for efficient collection of head gesture from VIT and (b) mechanical robotic arm from MIT

After the first day, which was filled with technical and cultural events, the second day of iACT-2017 began with the top 10 students from the elimination round of the quiz battling for the final win. The 10 students who qualified in the elimination round were grouped into five teams of two students each in the following format:

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Name

College

A

Brijesh Gupta C.R.

BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

Viraj Puntambeka

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

B

Nishant K.R. Barua

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

Neelambika K.S.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

C

Pooja M.S.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

K.V. Dharma Teja

BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore

D

Chetan Shandilya

Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur

Mahesh Kumar

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

E

Harshit U.

Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore

Manav Rajavanshi

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

 

The technical quiz consisted of five rounds: pass to next, one on one, audio/visual, buzzer, and rapid fire. Questions were from diverse disciplines of engineering, including mechanical, electrical, electronics, and computer science. Some of the questions were also targeted at testing the general knowledge of the teams. It was a nail-biting event with the winning team inching out second place by a margin of just five points. The winning team in the technical quiz event was team 1, comprising Brijesh Gupta C.R. of BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, and Viraj Putambekar of VIT, Vellore.

The final results of the quiz were:

  • First prize: Team A: Brijesh Gupta C.R. of BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore, and Viraj Putambekar of VIT, Vellore
  • Second prize: Team D: Chetan Shandilya of Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, and Mahesh Kumar of Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore
  • Third prize: Team E: Harshit U. of Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering & Technology, Mysore, and Manav Rajavanshi of Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

Roborash was a competition to make a robot for obstacle detection. Several teams participated in this competition, where they had to make their robots follow a track and overcome obstacles placed on the track. The general obstacles on the track were a sand pit, pebbles, an inclination of 450°, slippery pavement, and a couple of hindrances. Based on the results from the judges, team 1 from Manipal Institute of Technology, with Nandan as the team head, was given the first prize in the competition.

For the valedictory address of iACT-2017, Venkatesh Sarvasiddhi gave a talk on Imagine Cup, a Microsoft initiative for tapping talented engineers from colleges and universities across India. His talk was appreciated and well received by the students, instilling confidence in them to participate in this competition to win laurels at the international level.

All in all, iACT-2017 was a huge success because of the relentless efforts of the organizers and student community of ISA Manipal and the faculty of the department of mechatronics engineering at MIT Manipal. The group looks forward to conducting many more events in the near future.

Faculty of Mechatronics Department


Student Members