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Dr Vikas V ( standing left) of NIMHANS and Prof Madhav Rao of IIIT-Bangalore, who jointly lead the Upper Limb Rehabilitation Robot project, being demonstrated by a researcher at the Bangalore Tech Summit ( Photo: IndiaTechOnline/ Anand Parthasarathy)
 
 
IIIT-B showcases innovation at Bangalore Tech Summit

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.