Over 130 participate in challenge to build robot janitors

Cleaning duties include vacuuming, mopping, cleaning toilets, taking out trash, recycling, washing and cleaning windows and mirrors

Cleaning duties include vacuuming, mopping, cleaning toilets, taking out trash, recycling, washing and cleaning windows and mirrors

India may soon witness robot janitors in toilets, if initiatives by the city-based non-profit AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) foundation are successful.

A non-profit foundation received more than 130 applications from across India in response to a challenge that required robots to demonstrate cleaning tasks that would normally be performed in a public washroom.

The challenge was posted by the Bengaluru-based non-profit AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) foundation as part of a mission to support, nurture and co-create a robotics ecosystem to make India the global leader in the field of robotics platforms and technologies.

The robotics challenge was hosted in the JN Tata Auditorium in the IISc. campus in Bengaluru on May 16. Robot from the top four teams – Cerberus, Gryffindors, Giga Robotics and Robo Jyothians – demonstrated cleaning tasks in a laundry room.

Gryffindor was declared the winner of the competition, while Cerberus and Giga Robotics shared second place.

Umakant Soni, co-founder and CEO of ARTPARK, said: “The service robotics market size is expected to reach $153.7 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 21.2%, according to Allied Market Research. AI and robotics skills will be critical to thrive in the future job sector.The ARTPARK Robotics Challenge aligns with this vision and gives learners the opportunity to develop their skills in this space and create technological solutions for real problems in India.”

According to Prof. Bharadwaj Amrutur, Research Head & Director, ARTPARK, India has deployed 3,200 robots in 2020, one of the highest numbers of robot installations. “This next-gen robotic technology has already proven to be a game-changing asset for several industries, and the need to invest in this tool will only increase in the coming years, given the kind of innovation it brings,” he said.

He expects such robots to increase workforce capacity and productivity, making the country a global leader in several vertical sectors such as manufacturing, logistics and agriculture.

SOURCE – www.thehindu.com

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