Human-Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL)
The major achievement of DMCE this year is to win a major grant (worth 84 Million PKR) to establish a state-of-the-art lab for National Center of Robotics and Automation (NCRA). This grant was awarded after a country wide invitation of proposals, followed by screening and then two rounds of presentations at HEC headquarters. This lab is named as Human-Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL) and it aims to develop industrial grade robotic manipulators and exoskeletons as well as active prostheses. The NCRA itself is a multi-lab establishment spread all over the country. The labs are necessarily required to show an industrial liaison to ensure the sustainability after the three-year funding period.
The lab focuses on research and development in the following sub-domains:
The HCRL has established links with the following industries and health-care units to ensure that the robotic applications are developed to solve industrial problems. A few other links are also in-place.
The department also initiated to establish linkage with different industries in order to provide mechatronic solutions to solve their problems and meet their needs. A few of these attempts resulted in signing of MoUs.
MADE Foundation (USA)
The department has initiated a collaboration with MADE foundation USA to support a student competition encapsulating different areas, ranging from computer aided design to autonomous navigation in unstructured scenarios.
MoU with Style Textiles
In this MoU, it was agreed that the department will develop automation solutions, using its R&D facilities, in order to improve quality and productivity at Style Textiles. A suitable fee will be charged by UET. These solutions are expected to generate positive impact, directly or indirectly, on Pakistani garment industry. The following are the two projects, initially agreed upon:
MoU with Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Pakistan Ltd. (HSR)
MoU with Petrosel Lubricants (Petronas)
MoU with Tetra Pak Pakistan