Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor, Secretary, Defence and Director General R&D of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India announced that robotic soldiers that work in groups could be a reality by 2013.
The first international conference in Advances in Robotics-2013 (AIR 2013) began at the Research and Development Establishment (R&DE) Engineers here on Thursday, July 04, 2013. It is organized by R&DE and Robotics Society of India.
One of the DRDO projects aims to develop robots with very high level of intelligence. The robots should be able to differentiate between a threat and a friend. These can then be deployed in dangerous warfare zones, like the Line of Control (LoC), a step that would help avert the loss of human lives.
The main challenge lies in integration of robots to work together in formation. For this an integration plan is required in which the industries should play a key role to turn prototypes into products. India also needs to master and speed up the development of sub-systems of robotics such as controls, sensors, flexible materials and jam-proof communication systems.
Avinash Chander suggested that robotic society should build a Robotic Grid using the virtual lab supported by high speed internet based LAN Knowledge Networks. This will accelerate the interactions of scientific community, academia and industries.