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Engineering student gets MIT's innovator award

The Hindu dated 21 August 2006
       
CHENNAI : When Bharath Sudharsan, a third year student of Velammal Engineering College, worked on his project on `Brain-driven cars' last summer, least did he expect an award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
This paper explored the possibility of a car designed for the differently abled, in which directions and control systems perceived in the driver's mind would be transmitted as signals. Actuators would later decode these signals and translate them into action.
 

That was just one of the papers he presented from the time he started pursuing Mechanical Engineering. `Multimodal analysis of Electroencephalogram', `Brain-controlled mechanisms using mechatronic modeling', `Electric fuel regulation in carburetor using Millikan's method' and `Direct energy conversion material design using nano materials' are some of the other topics this 19-year-old has dealt with. He co-authored a few papers with collegemate Harini Janakiraman. Bharath has presented these papers at several national and international conferences. At a meeting, the judge suggested that he patent his papers.

Klaus Jurgen Bathe, professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, recommended Bharath's name for the prestigious award. Now the student is a proud owner of a certificate stating he is the youngest researcher to have won the award. However, he does not think he can afford a trip to the US to collect his award in October.

He has a brilliant academic record of 95.4 per cent in Standard X and 92 per cent in Standard XII. A promising student at college, Bharath aspires to do his masters in Mechatronics (Mechanical activations using brain signals) at the MIT. "It is my dream to develop a cost-effective vehicle for the disabled", he said.