Manoj Sahi Kumar is a subject matter expert in Emerging Technologies, Design Thinking and Venture Development.
Growing as a serial entrepreneur in APAC and EMEA regions, he has kept pushing the limits of Robotics & Autonomous Systems through his ventures Mattr5, Elbots and Robots Alive. He has also been serving as an independent board member and advisor to startups and multinational corporations.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction in Mechatronics, and Double Master’s Degrees with Distinction in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. He is also a researcher at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
“The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. It was man’s ability to invent which has made human society what it is. The mental processes of inventions are still mysterious.
They are rational but not logical, that is to say, not deductive. The first step of the inventor is to visualize by an act of imagination, a thing or a state of things which does not exist yet, and which appears in some way desirable.
The inventor can then start rationally arguing backwards from the invention, and forward from the means at disposal, until a way is found from one to the other.”
Robotic Soft Material
Imagine a future where a
“material is a robot”
Materials that can sense, actuate, compute and communicate. Mattrbot is an initiative using AI/ML and design thinking to create these materials for autonomous systems of today and tomorrow.
Living Watch that Breathes
A levitating watch when on the wrist, it helps in sharing the user’s breath with others and giving a sense of human bonding through non-verbal communication. When not on the wrist, it helps in creating a self-bonding with the user itself.
Navigating to Planets
An artifact navigation compass that is free from the influence of gravity. It points towards the planetary positions in the solar system and creates intriguing interactions with the space travelers.
Evaluating RL Algorithms
A framework that benchmarks the latest Reinforcement Learning algorithms like Hindsight Experience Replay (HER) and Deep Q Network (DQN) on a simulated Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics.
Logistics Robot Cart
A logistics support robot with Autonomous Driving function and “user following” capabilities. It switches between various modes of “Assist-Tracking-Autonomous” during operations from semi-autonomous to autonomous.
Sensing a Human
An early stage non-contact human sensing system for detecting presence and identity of a human indoors and outdoors irrespective of light conditions with the aim to incorporate it in intelligent ambiance and robotic platforms.
A collection of robotic mechanisms that utilizes wearable sensors along with mechanical parts based on soft polymers to create, move, and transform the garments from one shape into another.
A light-weight dexterous robot that is easy to program. Based on the principle of Service Oriented Architecture and modular intelligent components, it offers higher flexibility in smart manufacturing.
A prototype consumer photobioreactor that cultivates microbes using UV+CO2. It harvests high density synthesized protein as an alternative source of food nutrients and enables nutrient consumption at the point of production.
Creating a Transgenic Bee
A design-driven work on the potential of a transgenic bee having better olfaction capability to sense RDX contamination in soil, higher density of receptacle hairs to transfer pollen, and greater number of wax glands to repair micro structures.
Elderly Mobility Robot
A robot that addresses the diminishing walking abilities in elderlies by incorporating adaptive walking function to support natural walk and using ML to analyze the walking data, and providing active feedback.
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