US diplomat praises youth potential

LAHORE –  The 7th Robotics Expo of the Information Technology University (ITU) Punjab is a display of youth potential in innovative technological solutions.

This was stated by US Consul General in Lahore Elizabeth K Trudeau while addressing the participants on Saturday. She expressed her excitement at the project demonstrations and said that in this era where everyone was racing to invent the best technological solutions, events like these were really crucial to get the youth out of their comfort zones and make them perform at their maximum potential.

ITU students of 3rd semester showcased their 15 projects that offered modern technological solutions to locally relevant problems of Pakistan.

Dr Umar Saif, vice chancellor of the ITU, said in his message the Robotics Expo had undoubtedly become the flagship event of ITU.

This biannual event has been inspiring people all over the country for more than three years now and many people have started to follow in these footsteps to revolutionise the state of technological innovation in this country, he added.

Talha Rehmani, the lead of robotics programme at the ITU, said that it was really stimulating to work with these energetic undergraduate third semester students who were exhibiting such skills in applying their knowledge and taking care of locally relevant issues at this level.

Some of the fascinating projects demonstrated by students were Rekhta, an Urdu typing and transliteration software that can be used with any browser; Simba, a four-legged robot that can entertain people and share their load; Robosec, a small robot equipped with night-vision that provides security at night; Istarfaa, a platform that can levitate particles using sound waves; Qufl, a digital locking system that ensures foolproof security; Celox, an automated and secure table saw; Wall-climber, a robot that climbs walls and cleans glass windows of skyscrapers and Hugo, a robot that gauges human emotions and attempts to mimic them.

Cricketing legend Mushtaq Ahmad introduced the audience to the new pioneering mobile application, ‘Insights’. This app does not only record individual player performances during a match, but also keeps track of weather and pitch conditions, fielding positions, bowling strategies employed against each batsman and the shot-selection of batsmen.




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