Samay Kohli, Arpit Mohan, Harsh Sinha, Prayag Mukherjee and Sushma Vallabhaneni students from BITS, Pilani, dared to dream, conceived, fabricated, tested and put India’s First Humanoid ACYUT (imperishable) in action. They were mentored by Dr. R. K. Mittal, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Computer Science, who is also presently the Dean for Academic Registration and Counselling at BITS Pilani.
The spark for the Humanoid project was lit when a delegate from Singapore demonstrated a humanoid at the International Conference on Emerging Mechanical Technology-Macro to Nano held at BITS Pilani during 16 – 18 Feb, 2007 . After the conference a group of BITS students contacted Dr Mittal, and the Race for Humanoid capable of performing a plethora of functions such as walking, climbing stairs, playing football, etc. started.
The alumni batch of 76-81 from BITS Pilani, especially Raju Reddy, Viggy Mokkarella and Subodh Karnik, who celebrated their Silver Jubilee Reunion at Pilani during October 2006 got excited by the ACYUT Humanoid Project and stepped in to support the efforts morally, technically and financially and then on it became a Mission with Passion to reach the RoboGames 2008.
Subodh Karnik, arranged for free air tickets for the team’s travel. Sierra Atlantic Raju Reddy arranged for corporate funding and taking care of a good portion of the team's stay in the bay area, transportation, food, etc. Other BITSians like Arun Lakhotia have sponsored the team trip to Louisiana University (travel, accomodation and food/logistics) and Nasir arranged for the students' stay in the New York area.
The BITSAA SVC Chapter and The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) planned for co-hosting the reception on June 17, 2008 at TiE Silicon Valley Office, Santa Clara , CA for the Humanoid where the students from BITS Pilani displayed ACYUT and its prowess on the soccer field and the dance floor!
Visit Acyut's blog for more information on the progress of the project.
These are the projects that BITSAA has supported in the past.