IIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi sign pact to establish India’s first medical cobotics centre

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Vishu Verma
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Updated on Nov 18, 2021 10:35 IST

Medical cobotics centre (MCC) will be a technology-enabled medical simulation and training facility for the young resident doctors. It will also act as a validation centre for the research outcomes in the area of healthcare robotics and digital health.  

I-Hub Foundation for Cobotics (IHFC), the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and iHub Anubhuti, the TIH of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the country’s first Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC) at IIIT Delhi. Ashutosh Sharma, former DST (Department of Science and Technology) Secretary, was the chief guest on the occasion. 

MCC will be a technology-enabled medical simulation and training facility for the young resident doctors besides acting as a validation centre for the research outcomes in the area of healthcare robotics and digital health. The centre will facilitate the training of other healthcare professionals, paramedical staff, technicians, engineers and researchers.  

The TIHs are funded by the DST, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). The two hubs are committed to developing advanced technologies in the field of medical robotics/cobotics, digital health, sensing and computing technologies desired in robotic-assisted surgeries, training, and medical procedures.  

V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said, “We are happy to associate with IIIT Delhi for the joint Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC). In order to develop technologies for societal benefit, it’s important for researchers from across the institutions to come together and work in a focused manner. I am happy to see that two leading institutions in Delhi are coming together to facilitate the development of technologies in medical robotics.”  

Ranjan Bose, Director, IIIT Delhi, said, “We, being one of the leading institutes in the area of information technology, were entrusted with the responsibility of creating a TIH in the broad domain of Cognitive Sciences and Social Sensing by the DST. Cognitive and Sensing technologies are essential for the next-generation robotics, particularly for applications in the medical domain and digital health. I am confident that this collaboration will create an impact in this space and move the needle.” 

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