IIT Madras students create virtual projection of campus on Mars using Virtual Hyperloop

As part of the 22nd edition of Shaastra, the annual technical festival hosted by IIT Madras students, students develop a virtual recreation of the campus in a futuristic Martian landscape. A “Virtual Hyperloop” has been used for the “virtual journey” between various Shaastra locations and provides users with a futuristic experience. The installation on a Mars Dome will be the platform for conferences, events, exhibition stands as well as interactive games to add to the experience.

This edition will be held online from January 13 to 16. Many events are open to the public. In total, around 50 events will be organized, with a total of 30,000 participants this year, a sharp increase from a total of 20,000 participants last year, says IIT Madras.

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“With the COVID-19 pandemic putting humanity on a completely different course, the theme for Shaastra 2022 – ‘Code to Chaos’ – aims to highlight the new reality being shaped by rapid digitization,” says IIT Madras.

“I have to give the students all the credit for handling the change in scenario and smoothly transitioning to the virtual platform. Running Shaastra virtually wouldn’t have the same impact as if the event took place on campus. But, the team is trying to get good traction by imagining different ways to reach virtually to provide IIT Madras students as well as other institutions with good exposure to what is going on in the field of technology, ”said Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi. , director, IIT Madras.

Shaastra Summit includes a virtual conference each year on a new topic. This year the main subject is gaming and gaming technology. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the networking of enthusiasts, students and professionals of the gaming industry to learn from each other, explains IIT Madras. The event will include lectures and panel discussions with speakers from more than five countries.

This edition of Shaastra includes the Shaastra Grand Challenge, a competition focused on the concept of circular economy combined with sustainable development techniques, to rethink and discover ways to solve real-life problems. A curious program of workshops highlighting current topics such as Arduino, Internet of Things, data visualization, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc.

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This edition of Shaastra includes competitions in various disciplines ranging from aeronautics, biotechnology, engineering and business design, law, computing, electronics and quizzes. The aim is to provide a platform for young minds to define and solve industrial-level problems, according to the official statement.

Highlighting the unique aspects of Shaastra 2022, Dr Ratna Kumar Annabattula, Co-Curricular Advisor, IIT Madras, said: “By promoting the goal of ‘the spirit of engineering’, students have come up with a wide range of Spotlight lectures featuring Nobel Laureates expert in the advanced fields of quantum computing, anthropology, biophysical chemistry and more to illuminate the future pillars of our nation. In association with the nation’s largest student-run innovation lab, the CFI Open House showcases innovative student projects and recent work to network and seek out potential collaborators and mentors across industries. that can help market the products. “

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