Mahindra University’s disinfecting robot MUDRA (Mahindra Universite UV Desinfectant Robot Autonome) launched

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Mahindra University launches an Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle (AUV) Disinfecting Robot, MUDRA (Mahindra Universite UV Desinfectant Robot Autonome). This robot is designed to disinfect Rooms, Labs, Offices, Shop floors, and various other spaces usingUltravioletC (UVC) rays.

“At Mahindra University, we are constantly focused upon enabling solutions thatimpact our day to day lives in a positive sense. In this pandemic time, safety is of paramount importance. I am proud to state that we have created MUDRA, an indigenously designed, developed in-house and funded disinfecting robot, that helps in the sanitization of surfaces thereby, ensuring that closed spaces remain infection free”, says Dr. Yajulu Medury, Vice Chancellor, Mahindra University.

With the opening up of retail, office and other public spaces, it is important that closed spaces be sanitized frequently and properly to ensure minimal spread of infection. This is where MUDRA fills a much-needed void. MUDRA can make on-demand and pre-planned disinfections without any human intervention. The height of therobot is such that it can disinfect most of the surfaces exposed to humans during work.

“UVC radiation is a known disinfectant for air, water, and non-porous surfaces. According to US FDA, UVC radiation has been shown to destroy the outer protein coating of the SARS viruses. Therefore we decided to make a disinfecting robot using this technology available to us. We also ensured that the mechanics design element focused on ensuring coverage of all parts of the closed spaces that could potentially be touched or infected by people”, says Dr. Deep Seth, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Centrale School of Engineering, Mahindra University and the faculty actively involved in this development.

MUDRA has been specially designed to navigate autonomously on the floor without needing any extra infrastructure. It maps and plans its path to move around, and avoidsobstacles and re-charts its path intelligently. It moves from room to room on a floor automatically without any human intervention. In addition, it has thecapability to operate elevators and move from one floor to another using Wi-Fi or wireless connectivity.

MUDRA is completely safe and non-hazardous to humans as it automatically switches off its UVC function whenever it detects human presence.

About Ecole Centrale School of Engineering(ECSE-MU):

Ecole Centrale School of Engineering, Mahindra University (ECSE-MU) was established through a high-level synergy between Industry and Academia. ECSE-MU course curriculum has been designed to ensure that the students are multi-faceted,equipped with excellent engineering education and graduate as industry-ready engineers.

ECSE-MU provides world-class infrastructure to support a strong research program for its students and faculty. ECSE-MU vision is to train engineers, both men and women, to be entrepreneurial and innovative with good leadership qualities, so that they are capable of meeting the most demanding engineering challenges of the 21st Century.

ECSE-MU has academic partnerships with global institutions like USA’s Babson College, France’s Centrale Supelec and Groupe des Ecoles Centrale, University of Florida USA, and several others for internships and semester exchange. In addition, the contemporary curricula are being curated to incorporate emerging technologies and enable holistic development of its students