Research

Research is central to Mars Rover Manipal as we strive to design and discover. Research is one of the integral aspects of our team, through research we not only improve the capabilities of current generation of rovers but also develop new technologies which will evolve overtime in the design and development of future Martian Rovers. The research subsystem of Mars Rover Manipal has been accredited for presenting research papers at various international conferences like iNaCoMM(link) and ICASET(link).
The range of research activities at Mars Rover Manipal is extensive. Our research activities seek to pioneer robotics through analysis, innovation, and insight. Our work aims to be the basis for future references and research activities.
Mars Rover Manipal conducts research activities in the field of robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and astrobiology. Our team members have attended many national and international conferences.
We have also worked on case studies which are used as reference material for the biotechnology department of Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Manipal Academy of Higher Education encourages the students to conduct research and development activities under the guidance of an expert faculty. The research subsystem is encouraged to explore, experiment and invent.
The research paper- "Comparative Analysis of Industrial Grade Parallel Gripper and Linear Gripper" in paper presentation event conducted by International Society of Automation, Bangalore chapter, won the best paper award.

Past conferences

  • K.S. Dhankhar and D.K. Rajamani
    "Comparative Analysis of Industrial Grade Parallel Gripper and Linear Gripper" in paper presentation event conducted by International Society of Automation, Bangalore chapter
  • K.S. Dhankhar, D.K. Rajamani, E.D. Pitichika and Y.S. Upadhyaya
    "Design of Linear Gripper for Unstructured Environment" in International Conference on Applied Sciences, Engineering & Technology (ICASET 2017), Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • K.S. Dhankhar, D.K. Rajamani, D. Bansal, S. Shorewala, E.D. Pitichika and Y.S. Upadhyaya
    "Design and Development of Planetary Exploration Rover for Unstructured Terrain" in 18th National and 3rd International conferences on Machines and Mechanisms (iNAComm 2017), Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, India
  • J. Samal, J. Joel, P.C. Nair, P.K. Debata, V. Kuchimanchi, R. Jaiswal and A.M. Rao
    "Search for life in 20 minutes" in Symbiot 2017 by the biotechnology department, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  • V.H. Dhongade, P.K. Debata, J. John and S. Kapoor
    "The Response of Prokaryotic Lifeforms to Environmental Stimuli" to be presented in "Manipal Research Colloquium 2018", Manipal Academy of Higher Education, April 2018
  • K S Dhankhar, Md Suliaman, Shuvadeep Sarkar and Siril D Teja
    "Design and Analysis of Underactuated linear gripper for unstructured environments based on Chebyshev's Lambda Mechanism" to be presented in Manipal Research Colloquium, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, April 2018
  • K S Dhankhar, Md Suliaman, Shuvadeep Sarkar and Siril D Teja
    "Design and Analysis of Underactuated linear gripper for unstructured environments based on Chebyshev's Lambda Mechanism" to be presented in International Conference on Systems, Computation, Automation and Networking (ICSCAN 2018), IEEE Madras section, July 2018
  • K S Dhankhar, Md Abdul Salman,Md Sulaiman and Shuvadeep Sarkar
    "Design and Analysis of Mars rover suspension based on Chebyshev's Lambda Mechanism" to be presented in Manipal Research Colloquium, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, April 2018

Case Studies

  • P.C. Nair, "Process and Elements in Formation of Biomolecules" :
    Most life forms present on Earth today, as we know it, are fundamentally made of six elements which are Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Phosphorous and Sulphur (CHNOPS). These elements proved crucial not only for the formation of biomolecules, but also for the evolution of life. This study establishes the importance of the six basic elements which constitute the foundation of life and to understand how they function together to create complex biomolecules as explained in the Miller-Urey Experiment.
  • J. Joel and P.K. Debata "The Six Fundamental Elements to Promote the Generation of Life" :
    Oparin-Haldane hypothesis, the chemical origin of life, suggests that organic molecules were formed from simple, elemental inorganic molecules. Microorganisms have the ability to extract energy from organic molecules and from sunlight, which is utilized to make a vast array of more complex biomolecules by consuming naturally occurring elements and compounds. This case study focuses on techniques used in estimating the precursors that makes up the biomolecules, thereby confirming the presence/possibility of life within the biome.
  • J. John and P.K. Debata "Microscopic Observation of Life in an Unknown Biome Using Negative Staining" :
    A suitable staining agent develops contrast between the specimen and its background. To peek into this microscopic regime, simple staining protocol termed Negative staining because this staining practice dominates over all other complex staining techniques like differential staining, radioactive dyes and other methodologies including Nucleic Acid isolation, sequencing etc. because of its low-cost, qualitative analyses, simplicity and reliability in providing out results within a short time frame.