Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay takes the First Place with Baby Beats, A Baby Wellness Monitor
Analog Devices, Inc., the global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications today announced the winners of its Student Design Fellowship, Anveshan 2014-15. This edition of the fellowship saw 314 registrations from over 120 universities across India. Launched in 2010 and in its third edition, the design fellowship is aimed at encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship and building system level design expertise among Indian engineering student community. Anveshan is designed to mentor budding engineers to enhance their system design skills by actually developing prototype products under the guidance and mentorship of industry experts. The selected projects are executed on similar lines as in the industry for a period of nine months, with regular architecture reviews, component selection reviews, interim deadlines and finally a complete presentation and demonstration of the prototype.
After two rounds of extensive review of proposals, 12 finalists were shortlisted and the projects were started in summer of last year. A mid-project evaluation was conducted in January 2015, where the competing teams presented their projects to the Analog Devices’ Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Peter Real. The winning teams, which incidentally were all focused on innovative and affordable healthcare solutions for India and emerging markets, were honored in a felicitation ceremony attended by Vikram Damodaran, Director of Healthcare Innovation, GE India, Anand Madanagopal, MD, Cardiac Design Labs and Venkatesh Kumaran, Vice President, Strategy and Operations, India Electronic Semiconductor Association (IESA).
The first prize was bagged by Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, for its ‘Baby Beats: A Baby Wellness Monitor.’ The winning team, represented by Neeraj Babu C, Vineesh V S, Riyaz Mohammed, Apurv Mittal, Anjaly T.R, received a cash prize of Rs 2,00,000 and also demonstrated their solution pitch to industry stalwarts at the awards ceremony. The second prize was bagged by R V College of Engineering, for its ‘Bionic arm.’ Vellore Institute of Technology, was awarded the third prize for its ‘psycho-physiological training approach for amputee rehabilitation’ project.
Commenting on the occasion, Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury, MD, Analog Devices India said, “We are living in the era of innovation and entrepreneurship. There is an incredible enthusiasm by the student community in India to apply technology to solve challenges that they see every day, which we are trying to nurture through our Anveshan Design Fellowship Program. We are thrilled with the energy that we witnessed during the course of Anveshan 2014-15. These systems built by the student teams are focused on addressing key market needs, are affordable and very well thought out. I strongly encourage the student teams to take them on to the next level.”
Anjaly T.R, a member of the winning team from IIT, Bombay commented, “Working with Analog Devices has been a profound learning experience for all of us. Our journey from creating a literary survey to building the prototype has been magnificent. The invaluable support from our mentors through weekly calls as well as guiding us to relevant design portals and tutorials was crucial to achieving this. Presenting our interim and final prototypes and receiving the feedback from the industry stalwarts was an exhilarating experience for the team. This Fellowship has played a decisive role in shaping our careers and would like to wholeheartedly thank Analog Devices for this opportunity.”