“The successful projects undertaken by Information Technology University (ITU) students will be commercialised,” said Advisor Punjab CM and ITU Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif, while addressing the closing ceremony of the 5th Robotics Expo here on Saturday.
Students of ITU successfully designed and built 14 robot prototypes to address some of the locally relevant problems.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the legendary cricketer was the chief guest on the occasion. He was highly impressed by the students’ efforts and said, “I foresee a bright future for Pakistan in technological innovation, and one day we will be ranked amongst the best in the business.”
Talha Rehmani who heads the robotics program at ITU said, “It is remarkable that our undergraduate third-semester students are demonstrating such innovation in robotics to actually solve locally relevant problems. This is highly unprecedented”.
In the expo, students showcased fascinating robots including Rekhta, an ultimate Urdu word predictor and transliterator that works in Roman and Noori Nastaleeq; Windope, a window cleaning robot designed and built to save the lives of cleaners who clean the outer side windows of high-rise buildings; Mawazin, a medical product that ensures safety against over-dose of anesthesia medicine and administers drugs at a controlled rate; Machine-e-Meharbani, a vending machine that takes plastic bottles as credit and in return provides food to homeless people; The Eye-Writer, a robot designed for paralyzed people to help them do various tasks such as writing or controlling switch buttons by simple movements of their eyes; and Taabat-ul-Miyah, a robot that can autonomously control a residential water motor based on water pressure from the main supply.
Well-renowned people from diverse fields attended the expo, including CEOs from over 15 companies, cricketers from the national team, and leading educationalists and journalists.