Over 600 research posters, demos and models were featured in the annual R&D Showcase of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Hyderabad held in a hybrid model – on campus, online and in the metaverse – this year to ensure maximum reach.
A unique opportunity was provided to the viewers to interact with faculty and students to understand their work in more tangible forms through demos, prototypes and presentations, a press communique from IIIT Hyderabad stated.
Director of the institute, P J Narayanan, said, "After an interrupted Showcase in 2020 and an online one in 2021, we are so pleased to see our students back on campus. A hybrid model has the option of viewing the research demos and posters in person on campus, online on the R&D portal, as well as in the metaverse provided by NextMeet, a start-up associated with the institute's CIE.”
IIIT Hyderabad's annual R&D Showcase celebrates the spirit of Research & Development where faculty and students share their work with the public in keeping with its endeavour to promote applied research that benefits society.
“The response to the showcase has been very encouraging, it's always a pleasure to share our research with the public. As a research-focussed institution, the enthusiasm of the students and the results of their research are what we cherish most and present to the world," added Narayanan.
This year's showcase was themed ‘Tech-away Accelerating the Future, specially technology orbit shifts triggered by seminal life-altering events like the COVID pandemic in the metaverse’.
The showcase included roundtables on Quantum Science & Technology as well as Cyber Physical Convergence, pitches on research product possibilities, research-based start-up demos, 600 research posters, demos and models from the institute's 28 research centres, and a summary showcase.
Vinod K Nandicoori, director, CCMB delivered the inaugural keynote on how research is integral to the world today and tomorrow.