Skill Odisha Conclave

SOA students showcase four start-up ideas at Skill Odisha Conclave

Bhubaneswar: An innovative start-up idea focusing on mitigating the risk of accidental electrical fires developed by students of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering and technology of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) here, is among four such ideas put on show by the students at the three-day Skill Odisha Conclave 2023 which kicked off on Thursday.

The solution to such fire hazards, mainly in commercial and industrial organizations, lay in the product which could analyze and predict the possibility of a fire and cut off the power supply automatically to prevent any unwarranted disruption and damage, Prof. Renu Sharma, ITER’s Additional Dean (Student Affairs), said.

The conclave was inaugurated by the Odisha chief minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik.

Using advanced algorithm and hardware equipment, the students belonging to SOA Fab Lab powered by Karkhana have developed a system which can generate alerts to notify the concerned parties of potential risks, she said.

“This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the risk of electrical fires and could become a game changer in the field of fire safety,” Prof. Sharma said.

The other start-ups included ‘Plant Eye’, a revolutionary disease detection model designed to detect crop diseases using Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based techniques and infrared thermal imaging. Besides, a start-up idea involving Audio Recognition and Mapping System for traffic signals and another using AI to revolutionize virtual environments and create new business opportunities had been showcased at the conclave.

The ‘Plant Eye’ is a disease detection device which can alert farmers of the presence of pathogens and offer detailed diagnostics for early detection, prevention and corrective action. It also provides information on suitable crop varieties and types for diversification thus protecting crops from disease and pathogen damage, she said.

The Audio Recognition and Mapping System for Traffic Signals could detect vehicles and pedestrians at intersections using advanced audio recognition algorithms to map and synchronise traffic systems in real time. “This responsive solution optimizes traffic flow, improves road safety, reduces congestion and minimizes carbon emission,” Prof. Sharma said.

The other start-up idea had the potential to revolutionize virtual environments. While TwinVerse’s Web 3 based platform used AI to enhance user experience allowing for creation of custom 3D scenes and access real time data, this product had the potential to revolutionize virtual environments, Prof. Sharma said.

Prof. Manas Kumar Mallick, Director, ITER and Mr. Satish Samal, Assistant Professor at ITER, along with Prof. Sharma, attended the inaugural function of the conclave.