Bangladeshi robots exhibited in Russia | 2018-06-02

Bangladeshi robots exhibited in Russia

Jannatul Islam

2 June, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh showcased two locally developed robots at the Start-up Village, the largest technology exhibition in Russia, which ended on Friday.

Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority (BHTPA) provided technical support to eight Bangladeshi projects, including two robotic innovations, at the exhibition, BHTPA Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum told the daily sun on Friday.

A 10-member delegation — eight innovators and two officials from ICT division — took part in the exhibition with eight projects, including the locally developed robots, according to the Hi-tech Park official.

A robot called ‘Pipe Inspection’ will support technical tasks to detect crack and other problems in gas and water pipelines while another can perform as a ‘personal assistant’ to its operator, said Hosne Ara.  

Russian Skolkovo Foundation organised the two-day exhibition, Start-up Village, which is considered as the largest tech exposition in Russian Commonwealth states.

Around 20,000 entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors and tech experts from across the world participated in the event with latest innovations in technology.

The Startup Village is a unique platform where start-up founders and innovators meet successful entrepreneurs, investors, large technology corporations and government officials to discuss technological trends, ideas and formation of a new generation of Russian entrepreneurs.

Hosne Ara said Bangladeshi youths have been proving their talents in technology and they make impressive projects when they have got support.

“Robotics Foundation has been working on robotic science which is very impressive. We want to promote our local innovations as they can move forward,” she said.

Bangladesh Robotics Foundation (BRF) has developed the ‘Pipe Inspection’ which can support sewerage management of Dhaka City Corporation and Dhaka Wasa.

BRF Vice-Chairman Tanvir Tabassum said the robot will reduce the sufferings of people by cleaning underground pipelines in Dhaka city during rainy season.

BRF founder Hafizul Imran, who designed the robot, said the developers can improve the programme of robots if they get proper policy support.

He also expressed the hope that the government will take the innovation for piloting for betterment of citizens.