Robotics Technology R&D rise in Pakistani Universities

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Robotics Technology R&D rise in Pakistani Universities

ISLAMABAD, May 15 (APP): Research Groups in different

universities are being facilitated and funded to promote Robotics

Technology, announced Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST).

Funds are also provided for holding and participation in

international seminars, workshops and contests abroad through

Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and other sources

like ICT R&D Fund, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and HEC's

Research grants.

Official sources on Sunday said the government has taken a

number of policy measures and introduced incentive mechanisms to

promote Robotics Technology during last few years and major amongst

them included:

The sources said Research & Development in field of Robotics

is being undertaken by National Institute of Electronics (NIE),

National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) and COMSATS

Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) while Automotive Control

Research Groups, working at these institutes are actively involved

in a number of projects of basic and applied research relevant to

industrial and societal tasks by providing solutions to various

problems to improve quality of life enhance productivity and

competitiveness.

The sources said the researchers at CIIT and NUST are

working on projects on visual guided robotic systems for use

in surgery, navigation control, mapping and geometric

representation of environmental parameters.

Moreover, they said a specialized department of Robotics

and Artificial Intelligence at NUST is offering MS and PhD degrees

since 2011 while a National Engineers Robotics Contest is organized

annually at NUST with support from HEC, with objective to train

individuals for engineering services in Pakistan. Cash prizes

are awarded to the winners.

The sources said the R&D Group Working at NIE has been able

to develop programmable logic controllers for use in automatic

industrial controls having vide applications on automation of

mechanical processes in manufacturing industry.

They said robotics as an important discipline of S&T is being

taught at Graduate and Post-graduate levels by more than 60

Universities of Engineering, Sciences and Technology in Pakistan

while efforts have been made for sharing R&D work in fields of

Robotics with organization like Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC)

and other defense related organizations, for wider applications of

Robotics technology in industrial processes.