IITD Students receive Rs 10 lakh funding for their innovative VTOL-UAV Project

The students from the Indraprasta Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D) received Rs.10 lakh funding for their innovative VTOL-UAV project. According to an NDTV report, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Lokheed Martin and Tata Trusts had announced the winners of the India Innovation Growth Program 2.0 (IIGP) University Challenge Down select Competition in the grand prize distribution event held in Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi on August 2, 2018. The competition was held on June 29 and 30 this year in IIT Bombay noted the report.

Mukul Chhabra, Saksham Vohra, Aseem Saini and Devesh Yadav, B.Tech second-year students at IIIT-Delhi represented the institute in IIGP University Challenge as a team of four. The team has got a support of Rs. 10 lakh for their project which is “A multipurpose VTOL (Vertical Takeoff Landing) hybrid UAV for smart cities”.  The winning teams will be attending regular workshops and boot camp in IIT Bombay and IIM Ahmedabad for the upcoming year. In addition to this MIT Tata centre will host the winners for a week at MIT and expose them to the Cambridge entrepreneurial system. Along with this, successful students have also been awarded with a small training and mentoring trip to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said the report.

Tripartite Initiative

IIGP 2.0 is a tripartite initiative taken by the DST, Government of India, Lockheed Martin, and Tata Trusts. Following the trails of Start-up India and Make in India campaigns, IIGP 2.0 also aims to improve the Indian innovation ecosystem by supporting the budding innovators and entrepreneurs. Lately, it organized a University Challenge Down select competition for picking out some of the best technological projects in social and industrial innovation.  An estimated 700 teams from leading universities in Tier 1, Tier-II, and Tier-III cities in India participated in the competition, but only 15, including IIIT-D are selected as winners.

“It’s a moment of pride and celebration for all of us as our students become motivation for others. Many congratulations to them as their hard work have paid them off really well,” the team’s mentor Dr. P.B Sujit, Associate Professor, IIIT-Delhi said while congratulating them.

Driverless E-Rickshaw

Meanwhile IIT-D is also working on a driverless autonomous shuttle vehicle to provide last mile connectivity to urban dwellers, quoting news agency PTI, the NDTV report said. The vehicle, an electric rickshaw, would run on predefined routes. It would first shuttle between points in the university campus and in the future, provide hassle-free connectivity to modes of public transport such as Metro services.

Salient Features

“It will do automatic static obstacle avoidance, lane following, read basic traffic signals, follow speed limits, and navigate through a 3D map,” Sanjit Kaul, one of the team members of the project, said.

The project began in April 2016 when the artificial intelligence research centre of the institute was founded. “Our current choice of vehicle platform is an electric rickshaw, and currently, we are working on providing shuttle service within the IIIT-Delhi campus,” Mr Kaul added.

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