Workshop on Assistive Robots
Posted On Sunday, 08th July 2012 | Comments
Robotics is a flourishing field of engineering. Today, robots are widely used in many areas and they help make our lives easier. This is the reason why TE-Links arranged a workshop on Assistive Robots in collaboration with DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) which in English means a German Academic Exchange Service.
TE-Links, a society which is a hub of social activities like workshops, seminars and different competitions, was founded by Maryam Jafri, a student of Telecom Engineering Department who graduated in the year 2010. While Professor Dr. Shoaib Hassan Zaidi (Chairman Electronics dept) acts as the co-founder of this society.
As of today, Shahzeb Shamim from third year telecom is the coordinator of TE-Links.
Dr. Sajjad from IBA, Mr. Zahid Riaz from Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Mr. Zuhair Zafar from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and Ms. Ursula Saarback, Scholarship Representative of DAAD were the chief guests while Engineer Abul Kalam, The Vice-Chancellor of NED University of Engineering and Technology, served as the respected Guest of Honor.
Students from many departments showed up in huge numbers, particularly from the departments of Electronics, Electrical, Computer and Information Systems, Telecom and Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Technology.
The event took place in Civil audio/visual room on February 18, 2012. It started at 8:45am and lasted for five hours.
- Dr. Humera Noor (Chairperson Telecom dept.) initiated this informative session by explaining to the students the working and precision capability at run time with the help of a few very impressive and informative videos about Humanoids, robots that resemble human physique.
- Dr Shoaib Zaidi then introduced the audience to assistive robots which are used for image processing, depth recognition, binocular vision, precision etc.
- Dr. Sajjad Haider shared his personal experiences about RoboCup Soccer while working at IBA.
- Dr. Zahid Riaz talked about his research that he did during his PhD studies, his main focus being assistive robots which can identify a person’s gestures, gender, age and ethnicity. That is where artificial intelligence comes in.
- Students were given a briefing by Ms. Ursula Saarback as to how they can study in German universities. The program ended with Mr. Zubair Zafar explaining how the position of human beings can be estimated using 3D cameras.
The visual aids that were used during the workshop were highly impressive and helped students learn a great deal about robotics.
The workshop was indeed a very informative outing, especially for computer and Information technology enthusiasts.
Reported by: Sona Kanwal (Second year, Computer and Information Systems)
Written by: Anadil Masood (Third year, Industrial and Manufacturing)
Edited by: Mohammad Bilal Ali (Final year, Electrical)