Dr R K Mittal and Mrs Mittal visited Wellington, New Zealand, from 10 to 13 February to attend the 4th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents 2009 organized by Massey University. Dr Mittal was a Keynote Speaker at the conference. His speech on “Powering Nanorobots - An Engineering Challenge” was received tremendously well by the attendees.
Chhavi Adtani, a 4th year EEE and Physics Dual Degree Student of BITS Pilani also attended this conference and presented a paper on “Modelling of Hybrid Bio-Mechanical Mechanism for Nanorobotic Propulsion” written by him and two others. Another paper by two other students titled “Simulation of Swimming Nanorobots in Biological Fluids” was also accepted for inclusion in the conference.
Six BITS Pilani alumni and their spouses hosted Dr and Mrs Mittal at a dinner in a local Indian restaurant on 12 February 2009. Though Dr Mittal is a pre-1970 entrant to BITS Pilani, two among the six attendees were also pre-1970 entrants who had joined BITS Pilani before Dr Mittal. Despite the weather being unkind, it was a fun filled evening.