Bangalore November 23 2019: The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, leveraged the just-concluded Bangalore Tech Summit to showcase a number of innovative projects handled by students and being taken to production in partnership with other institutions.
The Institute is working with Dr Vikas V, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences , Bangalore to create an Upper Limb Rehabilitation Robot which will prove useful for patients who have wholly or partially lost the mobility function of their arms and fingers.
The IIIT-B team is led by Associate Professor Madhav Rao, who is helping create a suite of surgical and assistive devices, many of them at IIIT-B's Machine Intelligence and Robotics Centre (MINRO).
In another project, IIIT-B has created a robust and scalable identity platform which allows nations or institutions to create citizen identity systems similar in scope to Aadhaar. The platform called MOSIP harnesses Open Source and being modulur, allows nations to mix-n-match features to customise the identity system. The effort is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Omidyar Network and Tata Trust. A pilot is now running in the Phillippines.
Also drawing many visitors at the tech summit was another IIIT-B partnered venture Bionic Yantra, which has crafted a wearableRobotic Exoskeleton Assisted Rehabilitation System (REARS) to help wheelchair-boound patients improve their mobility. The institute is helping commercialize the product by next year. See Image here
Many of these projects are progressed at the Institute's startup centre, IMACX, which over a decade has nurtured dozens of startups, many of which are established names now at the intersection of technology and society, says the centre's CEO Prof Ramesh Sundararaman.