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BITS Pilani Prof RK Mittal Keynote Address on Powering Nanorobots at ICARA 2009 New Zealand
The 4th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents – ICARA 2009 organized by the Massey University New Zealand took place at James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington during 10-12 February 2009.
By: Dr BR Natarajan
The conference had various sessions which included Autonomous Robots and Agents; Biorobotics and Biomechatronics;
The conference had participation of subject experts from USA, Australia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Italy, Canada, Singapore, Iran, China, Israel, Brazil, Poland Spain, Austria and India.
Keeping the Indian flag flying high, in his keynote address on Powering Nanorobots: An Engineering Challenge, Prof RK Mittal from Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani pointed out that Nanorobotics is a fast emerging field of engineering concerned with creating miniaturized robots of the size of few hundred nanometers and below consisting of components of nanoscale or molecular size and with functionalities of their macro-counterparts.
Considering that mechanical motions, chemical transformations etc require energy, Prof Mittal highlighted how the propulsion and energetics aspects represent a serious limitation in nanorobot design and pointed out that while Biologicals in nano-domains can obtain the continuous power supply from surrounding medium, the challenge ahead is to develop a transducer to convert environmental Brownian motion into mechanical energy for internal storage or immediate utilization.
Dr R.K.Mittal is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Deputy Director (Administration)
He was instrumental in establishing BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA) in 1989 and is the President of the BITSAA. With Proud to be BITSian Prof RK Mittal spearheading robotics research as a mission with passion at BITS Pilani, much more is going to be heard in the times to come. Prof RK Mittal can be contacted at Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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About BITS: The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani is an Institution declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. The Institute which has the reputation of pioneering the online examinations for admissions through the path breaking BITSAT and setting a bench mark in industry university collaborations is one among the top ranking universities towering above the rest in various best college surveys in India today. BITS offers degrees in various disciplines presently at Pilani, Dubai, Goa and Hyderabad campuses apart from an array of work integrated learning programmes for HRD of a vast spectrum of Indian corporates.