Chand Gudi wins Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship

July 30, 2018
PhD student and social roboticist Chand Gudi

PhD student and social roboticist Siva Leela Krishna Chand Gudi has been selected by the Australian Academy of Science to represent Australia at the highly prestigious 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany in September.

The forum will see 200 leading young mathematicians and computer scientists from around the world ‘engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue’ with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in their fields: the Abel Prize, Turing Award, Nevanlinna Prize and Fields Medal.

Mr Gudi, who is based at the University of Technology Sydney’s Magic Lab/Centre for Artificial Intelligence, is one of only 30 of 200 researchers worldwide attending this year’s forum that will present their research.

Mr Gudi said social robotics research is an emerging field which explores how robots can assist humans.

“For example, the role of a robot to act as a companion to an elderly person or to ensure they take their medications on time. In the future, I can also see robots taking on the role of coach or giving advice to humans in different situations,” Mr Gudi said.

“My goal is to make a ground-breaking contribution in the field of robotics using artificial intelligence, which can make a big impact on society.”

At the age of 26 Mr Gudi has already registered patents for a range of new technologies including a drone based wireless network, a wearable smart tight cross-legged detector, an infant mental state analysis system and an autonomous reconnaissance bot.

The 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum will take place from 23 to 28 September 2018. 

The Academy’s Heidelberg Laureate Forum Fellowship is open to young researchers at all phases of their careers: undergrad, PhD or postdoc.

The 2018 Fellowship has been made possible thanks to support from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund with the successful delegate receiving a travel grant of $3,500 and complimentary registration for the Academy’s annual Science at the Shine Dome event.

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