Technology Innovation Hub

Robotics & Autonomous Systems

The need for Robotics and Autonomous Systems has never been felt more than in the present Covid-19 Pandemic era1. The requirement for strict social distancing has led to a lockdown with a complete halt of most economic activities. Even after the lifting of the lockdown, social distancing will necessitate doing more with less people in close physical proximity - which means relying on automation, and in the case of physical processes, it implies the need for Robotics, including telerobotics and collaborative robotics. According to Tractica Research2, the need to automate physical processes and merge it with the digital ecosystem is going to result in a $248.5 bn market by 2025 comprising Personal robots, Commercial robots, Industrial robots and Military robots.
DST, through its Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), has awarded a seed grant of INR7.25Cr to IISc to set up a TIH in the technology vertical of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. The TIH will be set up as a Section 8, not for profit company, as mandated by DST and will be tentatively named as the “i-Hub for Autonomous Intelligence and Robotics Foundation” and will be called ARTPARK in the rest of the report....

The primary goal of this ARTPARK will be to provide a platform to translate innovative technology research into POC (Proof of Concept), Productization and finally Commercial Application. The hub will also build an ecosystem of venture studios, Venture Funds and other capital providers so that these technologies can be spun off as companies after achieving TRL 5-6 stage. ARTPARK will also work on some projects which may not have high commercial applicability but have high social good associated with them. Every project will undergo a thorough Cost Benefit Analysis and Risk Analysis with pre-defined Quantitative goals.
The ARTPARK will also aim to develop a pool of skilled global level manpower who have not only theoretical knowledge but also practical skills in the area of AI, Robotics and Autonomous Systems. National and International collaborations with reputed Academic Institutes and Private Companies will be an important goal for ARTPARK as the objective is to produce technology which meets the objectives of social good and/ or commercial applicability on a global scale. The overarching remit of the ARTPARK is to work in the area of AI, Robotics and Autonomous Systems. This has wide applicability in many different fields including Mobility, Drones, Urban Transportation, Agricultural, Healthcare, Education, Water Sufficiency, Energy Footprint, Supply Chain Optimization, Smart Cities, Manufacturing, Governance etc. ARTPARK will work in a few of these areas and other such areas with social and commercial applicability with possibilities for widest possible impact. Today’s world is one driven by technology. Large technology companies have market caps which are larger than many nations’ GDP and profits which exceed the tax collection of entire countries. In such a world it is critical for India to have technology sovereignty in as many areas as possible. ARTPARK aims to contribute towards making such global technology behemoths out of India.

    TIH-Targets List

S.No. Target Area Set Targets Achieved Targets
1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total 1st Yr 2nd Yr 3rd Yr 4th Yr 5th Yr Total
1

Technology Development

1.1 No of Technologies (IP, Licensing, Patents etc) 5 11 20 20 20 76 5 3 0 0 0 8
1.2 Technology Products 3 5 10 10 10 38 3 4 0 0 0 7
1.3 Publications, IPR and other Intellectual activities 25 50 75 75 91 316 25 8 0 0 0 33
1.4 Increase in CPS Research Base 10 40 50 75 75 250 10 2 0 0 0 12
2

Entrepreneurship Development

2.1 Technology Business Incubator (TBI) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.2 Start-ups & Spin-off companies 4 6 14 14 14 52 10 3 0 0 0 13
2.3 GCC - Grand Challenges & Competitions 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.4 Promotion and Acceleration of Young and Aspiring technology entrepreneurs (PRAYAS) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.5 CPS-Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) 2 3 8 10 10 33 3 0 0 0 0 3
2.6 Dedicated Innovation Accelerator (DIAL) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.7 CPS-Seed Support System (CPS- SSS) 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
2.8 Job Creation 100 1400 4000 4000 4000 13500 105 138 0 0 0 243
3

Human Resource Development

3.1 Graduate Fellowships 15 25 100 100 100 340 15 77 0 0 0 92
3.2 Post Graduate Fellowships 5 17 20 20 0 62 5 4 0 0 0 9
3.3 Doctoral Fellowships 2 15 8 0 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.4 Faculty Fellowships 0 3 3 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.5 Chair Professors 0 3 3 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
3.6 Skill Development 170 190 200 220 240 1020 170
(114)
44 0 0 0 214
3.7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 0 5 10 5 5 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
4

International Collaboration

4.1 International Collaboration 2 2 2 2 2 10 2 1 0 0 0 3
Total 348 1776 4524 4552 4568 15768 358 284 0 0 0 642
Total Set Targets 15768 Total Achieved Targets 642