The course will be taught over 14 weeks through classroom lectures, assignments and lab room sessions, among others
Samsung India today inaugurated the Samsung AR-VR Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur, increasing the total count of such labs under the Samsung Digital Academy initiative to seven, thus strengthening its commitment towards the government’s Skill India mission and also bolstering the Digital India initiative.
According to a release issued by the company, the Samsung AR-VR Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur will train students on new technologies such as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR), helping them to learn industry-relevant skills and making them job-ready.
"This lab will provide students the opportunity to be exposed to different aspects of AR and VR technologies as these find applications in diverse fields such as education, industrial design, robotics, infrastructure management and medicine, and students of different programmes can take advantage of this facility," said Professor Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur, as quoted by the media houses.
Samsung Digital Academy is Samsung’s corporate social initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide and proficiency gaps in the country by skilling students on cutting-edge technology.
Courses at the lab would be run by Samsung engineers in conjunction with the faculty of IIT-Jodhpur and will be offered to B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD students by the Department Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-Jodhpur. A batch of 30-35 Bachelor’s students would be trained per year and part of this lab would be used by research fellows to conduct their experiments.
The lab was virtually inaugurated by Shri Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India and Dr. Mugdha Sinha, Secretary to Government, Art, Literature, Culture and Archaeology and Director General, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Rajasthan.
“At Samsung, we aim to cultivate a culture of innovation among students and help create strong infrastructure at top academic institutions in the country. The first Samsung Innovation Lab started in 2017 as part of our citizenship initiatives and since then we have seen several others come up where students have been up-skilled on new-age technologies such as IoT and pervasive computing. These labs have also been used by students and faculty at the IITs for collaborative research with our engineers,” Peter Rhee, Corporate Vice President, Samsung India said in a statement.
The curriculum at the Samsung AR-VR Innovation Lab at IIT-Jodhpur will include Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality, with special emphasis on touch, haptics, taste, smell, robotic interfaces, telepresence and brain-machine interfaces. The course will be taught over 14 weeks through classroom lectures, assignments and lab room sessions, self-study and mini projects. Extensive tutorials and approach documents will also be provided to students to facilitate practical exercises.
Samsung has so far set up six such labs in IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Roorkee and IIT-Guwahati as part of its digital academy programme. These labs have trained over 800 IIT students to date. More Samsung Innovation Labs will come up in the near future.
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