PhD student to present research to world's best!
PhD student and social roboticist Siva Leela Krishna Chand Gudi has been awarded a fellowship by the Australian Academy of Science to represent Australia at the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, 23-28 September 2018.
The highly prestigious event brings 200 leading young mathematicians and computer scientists from around the world to engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with laureates of the most prestigious prizes in their fields including the Abel Prize, the Turing Award, and the Nevanlinna Prize and Fields Medal.
Computer science is one of the younger scientific disciplines represented and Chand (26) is one of only 30 of the 200 researchers who will deliver a presentation at the Forum. He is most looking forward to meeting one of the ‘fathers of the Internet’ Vinton Cerf, and being able to discuss his research in person with him.
I didn’t expect to be selected! This is a really unique networking opportunity for me to share my research with my peers and with eminent scientists in their areas. As the only recipient of the Academy’s Fellowship, I am delighted to use the travel fund to also visit robotics labs in Norway and Germany and see what contemporary research is taking place there.
Chand is now in his fourth semester of research at The Magic Lab in the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, supported by Distinguished Professor Mary Anne Williams and Senior Lecturer Benjamin Johnston. He had a choice of three scholarships at Australian universities and chose UTS for the multi-skilled team within the Lab, the high level of support he receives, the ability to learn new skills through team work (as a member of the winning UTS 2017 UTS RoboCup team), and concentration on research that has real world impact
I want to make a ground-breaking contribution in the field of robotics using artificial intelligence.
He is particularly interested in the way artificial intelligence can be used in to address issues faced by a global trend – the increase in ageing populations.
"Social robots have great potential in the lives of older people, especially those living alone, at home. They can be a real part of their lives, supporting them, being a companion, being a carer. A social robot can be programmed to understand and share feelings, or emotions, and participate in human life.
For example, the role of a robot can be to act as a companion to an elderly person or to ensure medications are taken on time. In the future, I can also see robots taking on the role of coach or giving advice to humans in different situations.
Chand’s entrepreneurship and skills and evident in his many different outputs, and he admits to working a lot! He has already registered four patents, with three more pending and another - a smartwatch for dementia sufferers - being processed.
The latter is a collaboration with his friend, Ashish Rauniyar, a PhD fellow at the University of Oslo. This product represented Norway in the Europe-wide 2017 European Satellite Navigation innovation competition during European Space Week 2017.
The watch is designed to prevent injuries due to fall detection sensors which can activate an airbag on a wearable device to protect the head and hips, has real-time geotracking of patients in a predefined area, and sends alerts to caregivers if patients leave that area.
We were awarded in an innovation competition where you have to come up with something very new to become a winner, and have attracted interest from commercial companies in the idea of the smartwatch.
However, the facilities and resources available through the Magic Lab – which so attracted him to study at UTS – mean it’s not ‘all work and no play’!
The Magic Lab gives me the opportunity to play with robots and develop ideas and solutions which I hope will have a positive impact on society.
You can follow Chand’s progress on his website and social channels