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AcYut 3 wins a bronze medal at Robogames 2k9, SFO !

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Here is the quick update ( While we are still traveling in the US):

We were aiming for gold but due to a ‘little’ technical glitch AcYut 3 could not fight the final Match :(

Also, Here is the Official Press release :

Indian Team Takes Bronze Medal at 2009 RoboGames

AcYut, the only Indian Humanoid Robot to Compete in the Games, takes India’s first Medal for Annual Competition

Silicon Valley, June 15, 2009 – The AcYut-II robot, designed by students from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani) , India have won the bronze medal in middle weight Humanoid category at the 2009 RoboGames ( that were held in San Francisco on June 12-14. With this result the BITS Pilani team has won India’s first medal ever for the annual competition. The RoboGames are the world’s biggest open robot competition with over 250 teams participating from 28 different countries in 70 different competitive events. RoboGames is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Largest Robot Competition.”

The AcYut team from the Center for Robotics Intelligent Systems (CRIS) at BITS Pilani built their second humanoid, AcYut-II after placing 6th at the 2008 competition from a group of 30 contenders. AcYut, which translated from Sanskrit means “the one who never falls,” was the only Indian humanoid in RoboGames.

Returning team members, including team leader Samay Kohli and Sushma Vallabhaneni, were joined this year by Mohammad Ariz and Akash Gupta, who were selected from over 150 applications to join the 2009 AcYut team under the guidance of Professor Dr. R.K. Mittal. Following the games, the students will begin a three month research project at the University of Louisiana as part of Center for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, a joint initiative.

“Building cross-university alliances like CRIS allows academic research to flourish,” said Dr. Krishna Saraswat, Rickey/Nielsen Professorship of Engineering at Stanford University who also works with the AcYut-II team. “The students from BITS Pilani who have committed themselves to the AcYut project are a part of the amazing community of researchers, academics and industry leaders who will bring humanoid robotics into our homes, hospitals and businesses.”

Building a Better Robot

The team learned important lessons from last year and applied these for the 2009 competition. AcYut-II is taller than its predecessor and has a higher torque motor which enables it to punch harder. AcYut-II can move very quickly around corners, reducing its chances of falling out of the ring during a Kung Fu match. The students developed a bodysuit for controlling AcYut-II from a distance, allowing the robot to mimic the student’s actions. This enables the robot to perform more complex moves instead of a limited set of pre-programmed moves that are possible with a hand-held remote.

“Their Robot was almost one meter tall and that is an amazing feat of engineering,” said David Calkins, Founder of RoboGames. The results show that the team clearly learned and adapted based on last year’s competition, and proves that their collaborative approach bridging research in India and the U.S. works; the team should be proud.”

AcYut was sponsored by companies including Force10Networks, Sierra Atlantic, Oriental Insurance and Continental Airlines and also received funding from the BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA).

Sierra Atlantic CEO Raju Reddy said “BITS mandates real world experience for its four year degree and requires students to spend nine months in internship programs. With such innovative programs for industry-university collaboration, BITS has always been a source of great talent and we are delighted to partner in their success at RoboGames”.

The BITS-Pilani Alumni Association is hosting a reception on June 16, 2008 at India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas, Calif., where the students will demonstrate AcYut II to media and thought leaders from the technology industry and academia. Press interested in attending should call Heather Lukens at 212-651-4227, or email her at

About Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani/BITSAA

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), India’s leading private university, has the reputation of setting the benchmark for industry-university collaboration and pioneering online examinations through the path-breaking BITS admission test.  The University offers degrees in Engineering, Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Humanities, languages and Arts at its campuses in Pilani, Dubai, Goa, and Hyderabad. In addition, BITS offers a number of work integrated learning programs for Human Resources Development that are utilized by a broad spectrum of Indian corporations. BITSAA is the not-for-profit alumni association of BITS, whose alumni are spread across the globe from Australia to America. Its mission is to enable alumni to initiate and participate in activities which contribute to the general development of BITS Pilani, its staff, and students. It also aims to strengthen the ties of friendship and communication amongst former students, current students, faculty, and friends of the University.

Heather Lukens,, 212-651-4227

Kartik Bandhuvula,, 650-391-5500

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AcYut 1 learns some dance moves from Shakti Kapur!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Our very own AcYut learnt some ‘thumkaz’ & ‘jhatkas’ from the indian bollywood super star! Shakti kapur.

AcYut 1 & 2 Dance performances Videos

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

AcYut 1 Dhoom Dance performance at Quark ‘09 at BITS - Pilani , Goa campus

AcYut 2 Dance performance on Pappu Can’t dance

AcYut 1 at RoboOne XIV at Yokohama City, Japan

Photo Updates Part 2! (January 2009)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Finally the team is back from the Sierra Atlantic AcYut Tour India 2k9 (Phase-I). We were away for a countrywide tour ( thanks to our instructors for giving us make-ups :) ) giving lectures/demonstrations in various prestigious colleges/schools to propagate our mission of creating and spreading awareness amongst the Indian students in the field of robotics and making people aware of BITS-Pilani’s Humanoid Robotics Programme.

Here are some snaps of the tour.

Demonstration/Lecture at IISc,Bangalore

Team AcYut kicked off the first phase of its educational tour giving a demonstration of AcYut I followed by a lecture on Humanoid Robotics at one of leading research institute in India, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.(

Professors/Students attending the demonstration/lecture at IISc

Professors/Students attending the demonstration/lecture at IISc,Bangalore.

Team AcYut at Bishops Cottons School, Bangalore

Team AcYut at Bishops Cottons School, Bangalore. Around 2000 students had gathered to have a glimpse of the India’s First Humanoid, AcYut I.

A Kung-Fu match in progress

Students of Bishop Cottons playing Kung Fu matches with bioloids.

AcYut dancing before the students of Bishops Cottons

AcYut dancing before the students of Bishops Cottons, Bangalore.

Dance demo by AcYut

Dance demo by AcYut I at Bishop Cottons, Bangalore.

"The Audience!!" Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore from class 1st to 6th gathered for the demonstration. This was by far 'the most enjoyed demo' by us. The students were so much fascinated by the robots that they cudn't help but shout "Once more...Once more..."

“The Audience!!” Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore from class 1st to 6th gathered for the demonstration. This was by far ‘the most enjoyed demo’ by us. The students were so much fascinated by the robots that they couldn’t help but shout “Once more…Once more…”

Budding roboteers at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore

Budding roboteers ( class 1st to 6th ) at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore.

AcYut at Kendriya Vidyalaya

AcYut I at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Banglore performing before the students of class 7th onwards.

AcYut reaches City Montessori School, Lucknow. (The Guiness World Record Holder for being the largest school by pupils)

AcYut I reaches City Montessori School, Lucknow. (The Guiness World Record Holder for being the largest school by the number of pupils in a single city)

CMS Students gathered to attend the demonstration/lecture

CMS Students gathered to attend the demonstration/lecture.

Students of HBTI Kanpur having an enlightning session on Humanoid Robotics

Students of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), Kanpur having an enlightning session on Humanoid Robotics.

Hello world!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Finally installed wordpress on the new acyut domain.

Starting to shift content to the new domain.

Work Resumes………………….

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

So… after a day’s hard work of clearing up the lab ,our work resumed in full swing. The first phase of designing is almost done…. Have entered phase 2 and will then begin manufacturing the parts…. Still a long way to go but then , “well begun is half done…” . Even the moves are being conceptualised  side by side…… watch out for further updates as we surge ahead in our quest to build the perfect humanoid…


- Arnav

Team Acyut


Sunday, September 14th, 2008

The things we need to do to make a humanoid……..

Back to work!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Sorry for the long pause.

We are back on campus after an amazing US trip .BTW we stood 6th out of 30 teams in RoboGames 2008 , San Francisco! :)

Loads of lessons learnt at RoboGames and experiences to cherish …we are now gearing up to make a complete new version of AcYut to participate in RoboGames-2009 . Join us in the long journey ahead.



Team AcYut

First Movers Advantage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Our whole life now revolves around motors, balance,torque, halfspeedcpu, motor drivers. When you spend 23 hrs 30 mins in the lab, go through those hairy and scary moments when components don’t work, algorithms crash, motors burn and future prospects look bleak, you begin to question is it all worth it ? And then things such as these happen over a night ( watch the videos and photos posted ) .

The ecstasy you experience when a years effort pays off is unexplainable ( I don’t know if this is even a word but am too happy to care ) . The kicks, walk sequence, the “Dho Daala” move ( internal joke )  are all falling in place. This only goes to show that we have finally arrived. RoboGames - HERE WE COME !

To all the alumni who have supported us immensely over the last year, Shammi Kapoor is not far away, nor for that matter Daler’s Bhangra. We hope to live up to your expectations.

Dilip, we will try our level best to imitate the inimitable. :)

I think I should get back to work. The motors would have cooled by now. More videos soon !

Check this space for updates !



GUI (Graphical user Interface) upgrade!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Version 1.05 of the Program used to test and operate ACYUT, before the program is loaded on to ACYUT’s permanent brain