(Extreme left)- Dr. Hemant Borkar, SESC Convener, IIT Indore 3rd prize winners- Nemath Ahmed, Suraj Polamaina, Shavez Malick, Dr. Aloknath De, Samsung R&D Bangalore (Centre), Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Associate Professor- IIT Indore, Dr. Abhishek Srivastava, Associate Professor- IIT Indore, 1st Prize Winner- Ram S. Mohril, Dr. Ajit Bopardikar, Samsung R&D Bangalore and Second Prize winner Chaitanya Mehta- (Extreme Right)
Six finalists presented their ideas around multi-modal sensing, applications of learning systems, VR, XR, 3D imaging, distributed AI to jury members
INDORE: Samsung India conducted the 9th edition of the Samsung Innovation Award at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore to recognize and reward innovations that have the potential to revolutionize everyday living. This year, the theme was ‘Systems that learn’ andstudents were encouraged to think creatively and propose practical ideas around multi-modal sensing, applications of learning systems, VR, XR, 3D imaging, distributed AI and more.
The awards were
presented by Dr. Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology
Officer, Samsung R&D Institute – Bengaluru (SRI-B). Prizes worth INR
3.5 lakhs were awarded to the top three winners, while the other three
finalists received award of merit from Samsung.
The First prize went to Ram S. Mohril for the project “AR/VR
Enhanced Textbook reading and learning experience”. The project is a
revolutionary idea where it aims to transform the technical writing and
learning field by developing a book for higher education students and through
augmented and virtual reality technologies.
The Second Prize was
grabbed by Chaitanya Mehta forhis
project “Tree Climbing Quadraped Robot”. Chaitanya developed the quadruped
which is capable of traversing the terrain smoothly, transition from ground to
the trunk of the tree without assist to meet future requirement of smart and
The Third prize was
awarded to Nemath Ahmed, Suraj
Polamaina, Shavez Malick for their project “Immersive Acoustic Spatial
Awareness for Visually Impaired”. Their project aimed at helping the
visually impaired to navigate, socialize and stay aware of near hazards with
the use of echolocation technique.
The Merit awards were
given to the projects “Fingerprint Spoof buster”, “AI based
Contactless Biometric system” and “Leukemia Classification from Microscopic
Images using Deep learning techniques”.
“Over the past nine years, Samsung Innovation Award has been delighted to recognize the talent pool across various IITs in India. We are happy to see sharp problems, novel ideas and smart execution of the participating teams. This edition at IIT Indore brought forward some of the innovative renditions in sync with the theme. At Samsung, innovation is deep rooted in our DNA and our constant endeavor is to promote the culture of innovation amongst bright minds”, said Dr. Aloknath De, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Samsung R&D Institute – Bengaluru (SRI B).
The six-finalist teams had the opportunity to
present their ideas to the jury consisting of senior researchers and scientists
from Samsung and IIT-Indore. The winning projects were selected on the basis of originality of the
product and solution, feasibility of implementation, completeness, relevance in
the market and presentation
to the jury members at IIT-Indore.
“At IIT Indore, we envisage the convergence of traditional disciplines and advocate interdisciplinary research programme focusing on basic and applied research, technology development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Students from various disciplines have participated with great enthusiasm in Samsung Innovation Award and submitted their ideas and proof of concept for evaluation. We intend to take this event further and develop a long standing association with Samsung Research Institute Bangalore to nourish research, innovation and entrepreneurship eco-system at the institute for the benefit of the society,” said Prof. Pradeep Mathur, Director, IIT- Indore
Award 2019 was initiated five months ago wherein students submitted their
entries to the entrepreneurship cell at IIT-Indore. The Award received an overwhelming response, with 50% increase in submissions over last
Initiated and conceptualized
in 2011, Samsung Innovation Award aim to encourage innovation and
entrepreneurship amongst students. The Award aim to support talent who showcase
an inventive approach and develop products, solutions that solve real time
problems of the society.
Today, Samsung Innovation Award is most
sought after and awaited contest at the IITs. Over the last 9 years, Samsung
Innovation Award has recognized the efforts and dedication of over 60 finalist
teams from premiere IITs like Delhi, Kanpur, Roorkee, Madras, Kharagpur,
Guwahati, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. The last edition was held at IIT-Hyderabad was
great hit amongst the participants. Samsung in association
with the partnering IITs will continue to provide an opportunity and challenge
to the young innovators to showcase their skills and talent.
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