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    Published on August 23, 2010

    ‘Paper to discuss the role of MAVs’

    Former IISC Professor and founder of Drone Aerospace Systems Dr. Krishna Venkatesh has been invited to give a presentation on his findings on Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) during the Knowledge Utsav, India’s largest R&D conference. The conference will witness the largest ever presentation of over 400 research papers across 44 disciplines and more than 100 inspiration talks.

    The conference is organized by EDU.IN in association with Tumkur University and Jain Research Foundation (JGi). It will be held on August 28, 2010, Saturday at the Jain University, Global Campus, Kanakapura Taluk, Bangalore Rural.

    Dr. Venkatesh is also one of the key members of the research paper review panel. Some of India’s leading Scientist and Researchers are part of this panel. Out of total 420 papers which will be presented at the Knowledge Utsav, the panel will be selecting around 250 research papers which will be published in some of the leading publications around the world.

    “This is a recognition of our work in the area of MAVs that will play a very significant role in helping Military Forces, & Local Police in combating terrorism and help various other departments in monitoring forest fires, floods etc,” said Dr. Venkatesh. “Knowledge Utsav is creating a huge platform for researchers, scientists and students, and I am truly honored to be a part of the review panel of this Conference.”

    Birds, through centuries have inspired and challenged humans. Since Leonardo Da Vinci many great-minds have attempted to mimic Mother Nature in order to create a flying machine, until Otto Lilienthal’s first glider flight and the Wright Brothers first powered flight in their Flyer.

    Since then aeroplanes have evolved in varieties – from small aircraft’s to large cargo carriers, from domestic passenger airliners to fighter jets.

    Each of these flying machines evolved with some practical purpose – if the Gee Bee R – 2 Racer was designed for pleasure seekers, the B-52 Stealth Bomber was designed for critical missions such as bombarding and data acquisitions. Whatever may be the design they all had one thing in common – they all needed a pilot to fly them.

    Information plays a vital role with respect to monitoring activities across the border; forest fires, floods etc. Birds’ eye view of these territories would be the most effective form of information, but in such missions the pilot’s valuable life is put to risk. A remotely controlled aircraft, which can perform all the duties relentless of bad weather or hazardous conditions, may be the answer. But in the realm of reality, to produce an aircraft which is controlled remotely is a challenge in itself.

    This challenge has created a new wave of technology called the Unmanned Air Vehicle. This technology has been effectively put to use by countries like Israel in Bekaa Valley, US in Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan and Russia in Chechnya.

    In view with the demand in aerial surveillance in war and as well as in peacetime, it has proven to be too costly to risk pilots and aircraft’s.

    For this reason governments across the globe have begun investing in the new technology referred to as ‘The Unmanned Air Vehicle’. These vehicles would posses’ capabilities to access hazardous and inaccessible territories providing information in real time and also act as a strike force without risking valuable life and expensive machineries.

    Capabilities are not just limited to military applications alone but also to aid in peace time applications and disaster management by being able to provide valuable information from high-risk places such as volcanoes, earthquake hit areas, flood affected regions and so on.

    Dr. Venkatesh paper will throw light on the role of MAVs and the key economic and technological challenges faced in developing and designing these Unmanned Air Vehicles.

    Dr. Krishna Venkatesh is a PhD in Nanoengineering and alumni of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He has worked with various bodies such as National Aerospace Laboratories, Bharat Earth Movers Limited, Indian Institute of Science, Aeronautical Development Agency and the University since the last 20 years. In his last assignment he was the Special Officer to the Visvesvaraya Technological University and was instrumental in setting up various Industry-Academic initiatives with the likes of Honeywell, FESTO, IBM, Bosch, Diamant and others in the domains of Avionics, Automation, CNE, MEMS, Tribology and so on. He currently heads the Centre for Emerging Technologies and is the Director & Chief Technology Officer of Jain University.

    He has also started a company M/s Drone Aerospace Systems Pvt. Ltd, incubated with support from the Jain group of institutions (JGI), Bangalore and is primarily into development of autonomous and intelligent systems. He has published a number of papers in peer reviewed international journals and received various awards. His research interests include Tribology and Autonomous systems. His Extracurricular activities include table tennis, swimming, white water rafting, rallying, philately and farming.