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World of robots awaits students

- First 10-day robotics festival begins at Cotton College

Guwahati, Dec. 14: Itís a change that budding robotics engineers would not like to miss.

School and college students can learn about robots and their technology at the first robotics festival in the Northeast.

The event will be held in two phases with workshop, exhibition and competition, spanning over half a year.

The Telegraph is a media partner for the event.

To start with, Cotton College and MerryLook Technologies Private Limited, a group of entrepreneurs to promote technology in rural India, are organising school and college-level robotics workshop ó Robolook 2012-13 ó from Sunday at Cotton College. It will end on December 26.

The 10-day workshop aims to promote science and technology behind robots among the youth of the region.

Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing.

Cotton College State University vice-chancellor Dhruba Jyoti Saikia will inaugurate the workshop.

Hands-on training on robotics will be provided during the workshop, which will help the participants to develop technical and innovative skills.

Domain experts have been invited from Madhya Pradesh for the training.

ďThe idea is create awareness among the youth in learning new technology through exhibitions and inspire the youth towards technology through competitions, the chief co-ordinator of Robolook, Debanga Sourav Gogoi, told The Telegraph.

Each team will be provided with a robotics kit, certificate of participation, personal webpage to each team with their work details with the validity for a year, manual for robot building and CD with related videos, ebooks and other materials.

The certificates would be provided by Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, which is under the department of science and technology.

In the second phase of RoboLook, Gogoi said they were planning a three-day international robotics competition in the Northeast where more than 100 teams from India and abroad will participate.

The problem statement of the competition will be announced during the present workshop at Cotton College.It will be held here between April and May next year.