Academics

Department of Mechatronics & Control Engineering


research

 

Industrial Collaboration

Human-Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL)

The major achievement of DMCE this year is to win a major grant (worth 84 Million PKR) to establish a state-of-the-art lab for National Center of Robotics and Automation (NCRA). This grant was awarded after a country wide invitation of proposals, followed by screening and then two rounds of presentations at HEC headquarters. This lab is named as Human-Centered Robotics Lab (HCRL) and it aims to develop industrial grade robotic manipulators and exoskeletons as well as active prostheses. The NCRA itself is a multi-lab establishment spread all over the country. The labs are necessarily required to show an industrial liaison to ensure the sustainability after the three-year funding period.

The lab focuses on research and development in the following sub-domains:

  1. Collaborative Robots
  2. Exoskeletons
  3. Active Prosthetics

 The HCRL has established links with the following industries and health-care units to ensure that the robotic applications are developed to solve industrial problems. A few other links are also in-place.

  1. Ashraf group of companies
  2. Millat tractors
  3. Shalimar Hospital

MoUs

The department also initiated to establish linkage with different industries in order to provide mechatronic solutions to solve their problems and meet their needs. A few of these attempts resulted in signing of MoUs. 

MADE Foundation (USA)

The department has initiated a collaboration with MADE foundation USA to support a student competition encapsulating different areas, ranging from computer aided design to autonomous navigation in unstructured scenarios.

MoU with Style Textiles

In this MoU, it was agreed that the department will develop automation solutions, using its R&D facilities, in order to improve quality and productivity at Style Textiles.  A suitable fee will be charged by UET. These solutions are expected to generate positive impact, directly or indirectly, on Pakistani garment industry. The following are the two projects, initially agreed upon:

  1. Development of Automated 3 Stripe Attachment with Auto-Loading and Disposing.
  2. Development of Automated UPC Bar-Code Scanning on Metal Detection Machine.

MoU with Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Pakistan Ltd. (HSR)
This MoU was signed at university level, and was aimed to train the graduate engineers of HSR for their 1320MW Coal-fired Power Plant at Sahiwal. The following module was developed and conducted by the department:

  1. Coordinated Control for Power Units Technology and Systems.  

MoU with Petrosel Lubricants (Petronas)
In this MoU, it was desired to enable selected students of UET by involving them in an engineering competition duly sponsored by Petrosel Lubricants (sole representative of Petronas Lubricants in Pakistan). Additionally, it was desired to create a professional environment to share ideas.

  1. Student Project Competition was held in the following two categories:
    1. Run-of-the-river turbine design.
    2. Power-assisted-bicycle design.
  2. Funding Support: PKR 10 Lacs + Malaysia Visit
  3. PKR 30k per team was provided as the seed money to 5 teams.
  4. 1 Lac per competition + 5 day fully sponsored visit to Malaysia for winning teams.

MoU with Tetra Pak Pakistan
The department also signed an MoU with Tetra Pak Pakistan to train their field service engineers in various technologies. This was an international assignment, spanned over two years, in which the department conducted 7 training sessions and generated PKR 9Million in revenue. Each session was comprised of the following modules:

  1. Programmable Logic Controllers (Allen Bradely SLC 5000)
  2. Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  3. Sensors and Actuators
  4. Motor Controls
  5. Processing Techniques