Centre for Automation

Preamble

Centre for Automation (CAT) is set up in the year 2020 to accelerate the research and product development efforts in the specific fields related to automation providing the thrust to the local and national industrial growth. Further, CAT provides a platform for the faculty and students from multiple disciplines to come together to achieve common and greater goals by conducting collaborative research, developing new products, and providing automation solutions to the industry. CAT pursues excellence in research and industry interaction and leads the successful amalgamation of research in the areas of robotics (assistive rehabilitation and smart robots), smart grid automation, additive manufacturing (3D printing), flexible industrial processes automation, smart factory automation, autonomous systems, and intelligent manufacturing. The Centre for Automation aims to become a hub for intellectual solutions for automation needs through interactions with academicians, researchers, and industrialists across the globe

VISION

To conduct world-class innovative research with a dedicated team in order to develop smart and innovative automation solutions

MISSION

  1. Establishing strategic and long-term collaborations with industries and institutions of mutual interest
  2. To transform into global centre for interdisciplinary research in automation.
  3. Stimulating industrial interdisciplinary expectations to provide better solutions

The primary area of research at the centre is as follows:

  • Industrial Automation
  • Smart and Digital Manufacturing
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Robotics
  • ADAS and autonomous vehicles

Research

  1. Pradeep Kumar. H., Sakthivel. G., Shankar. S. ‘Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders among occupational bus drivers of Karnataka, South India’, Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, Vol. 66, No.1, 1-12, 2020. (IF: 1.132)
  2. Senthil kumar, M., Vanmathi, M., Sakthivel.G., ‘SiC Reinforcement in the synthesis and characterization of A356/AL2O3/Sic/Gr reinforced composite-Paving a way for the next generation of aircraft applications’, Silicon, pp.1-12, 2020 (IF:1.5)
  3. G., Senthil Kumar. S., Ilangkumaran. M. ‘A genetic algorithm-based artificial neural network model with TOPSIS approach to optimize the engine performance’, Biofuels, Vol.10, No. 6, pp. 693-717, 2019. (IF:1.5)
  4. K., Jegadeeshwaran. R., Sakthivel. G. ‘Vibration Based tool insert health monitoring using decision tree and fuzzy logic’, Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol. 13, No.3, pp.303-316, 2019. (IF:0.5)
S.NoTitleFunding AgencyAmount in ₹InvestigatorsDuration /Status
1.Development of exo-skeletal wearable robot for assisting agricultural and industrial workersVIT-SEED3.00 Lakhs

Saravanakumar. D. (PI),

Sakthivel. G (Co-PI)

Ongoing
2.Design and development of multi-crops harvesting machineMSME2.50 LakhsDr.G.SakthivelOngoing
3.Smart Solar Thermic Cooking DeviceDassualt Systemes Foundation9.50 lakhsDr.G.Sakthivel, Dr.R.SivakumarOngoing
  1. Raghukiran, Sakthivel, MuhammedNabeel, Prashanth,“Smart guidance and emergencyalert walking stick for disabled” on 2018, Application no. 201841030320,
  2. Sakthivel, Mothish Raj, Prem, Rajkamal, “Smart ergonomic motorcycle handlebar toreduce musclo skeletal disorder”, on 2019, Application no. 201941036304
  3. Sumathi, Vishal Gundavarapu, Shrnjay Krishnan, Srivatsan, “Temperature Detection in hazardous location using soft sensors” on 2019. Application no. 201941017144A
  4. Sumathi, Shantanusoni, Viswatej “Smart Switching Systems For Multiresidential Building” on 2019, Application no. 201941029437
  1. S.No.FacultyTopicConsultancy agencyYearsStatusAmount in ₹
    1.

    Dr. N.Raghukiran

    Dr.R.Sivakumar

    Scaled Prototype fabrication of the machineryFLSMIDTH, Chennai2019-2021Completed2,77,088
    2.

    Dr. N.Raghukiran

    Dr.R.Sivakumar

    Scaled Prototype fabrication of the machinery

    FLSMIDTH,

    Guragon

    2019-2021Completed50,000
    3.

    Dr. N.Raghukiran

    Dr.R.Sivakumar

    Dr.G.Sakthivel

    Dr.D.Saravanakumar

    Dr. R.Jegadeehswaran

    Prototype development of instrument panel  for tractors

     Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd,

    Chennai

    2020-2021Ongoing93,000

Insights

The details of the Ph.D. research scholar working under the supervision of the faculty members of the research centre are provided hereunder

S.No.Reg. no.  NameDegreeStatus
1.17PHD1014Arun Venkatesh JPh.D.Ongoing
2.19PHD1112P. Naveen KumarPh.D.Ongoing
3.19PHD1128Rajaguru VPh.D.Ongoing
4.19PHD1175M.SubashiniPh.D.Ongoing
5.20PHD1021FerdausPh.D.Ongoing
6.20PHD1052Mohammed AbdullahPh.D.Ongoing
Company NameType of collaborationDuration Activities
Charline Agro Equipment ManufacturesResearch2021-2024R&D Collaboration in developing smart farming products

 

S.No.Event/ActivitiesDateTitle of the event/activitiesCo-ordinators
1.International Virtual Conference26 & 27 March 2021Intelligent Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation Systems (IRMAS 2021)Dr.G.Sakthivel, Dr.D.Saravanakumar, Dr. N.Raghukiran, Dr. V. Sumathi, Dr.K.Iyswarya Annapoorani
2.Faculty Development Program14 -18 June 2021Typhoon HIL Real Time HIL Simulation Tool for Power Electronics, Power Systems, EV and MicrogridDr.K.Iyswarya Annapoorani
3.National Workshop13.09.2020Applied Machine Learning in Automation

Dr.D.Saravanakumar

Dr.R.Jegadeehswaran

4.Entrepreneur Development Program26-28 Aug 2020Opportunities for mechatronics engineers in the era of industry 4.0

Dr. N.Raghukiran

Dr.G.Sakthivel

 

5.Faculty Development Program6 -10, July 2020Digital Tools for Smart Manufacturing Systems

Dr. N.Raghukiran

Dr.G.Sakthivel

Dr.D.Saravanakumar

Dr.R.Jegadeehswaran

6.International Webinar Series with IEEE RAS Malaysia Chapter & IEEE UTP Student branch4-5, July 2020IoT in Automation and system design control

Dr. N.Raghukiran

Dr.G.Sakthivel

Dr.D.Saravanakumar

Dr.R.Jegadeehswaran

Dr. V. Sumathi

7.Value-Added Program27.09.2020, 04.10.2020, 11.10.2020, 18.10.2020Digital manufacturing and factory automation practices in smart factory environment

Dr. N.Raghukiran

Dr.G.Sakthivel

 

Innovation on Product development

Dr. N. Raghukiran developed First ‘Made in India’ 3-D printed heart valve in association with Dr. Sanjay Cherian, the Vice President and COO at Frontier Lifeline Hospital

This new 3D printed heart valve could be the future of cardiac surgery, since it overcomes most of the disadvantages/complications associated with the currently available artificial heart valves that are in use today.

Another added advantage of this 3D printed heart valve is that its design was developed using specialized computer-aided design software and a modeling techniques, based on the MRI scan images of the human heart, as a result of which, we are now able to customize and 3D print heart valves that will fit exactly to the dimensions of the patient’s heart