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Nalanda Abhiyan Labs

Nalanda Abhiyan Labs is an experimental space located in a community Buddha Vihara, enmeshed in the local neighbourhoods of Wardha. The lab operates free for students with help from the community. The Labs is designed to be an ecosystem for young students to explore the intersections of Art-Science-Technology.

It offers workshops and studios to explore frameworks like Scratch to Arduino, RaspPi, Sensors, Physical Computation among other hardware and software platforms. It enables students to integrate the Arts and Sciences with cognition and hands-on activities that are specifically designed to drive creativity by providing a strong foundation in making and context, in exploring forms and applications, and being radical and experimental in looking at their world. We also do school workshops introducing A.I., Physical Computing, Robotics, Sensors, and Logic and Code among the school children, especially from rural areas.

Nalanda Labs was founded by Late Abhiyan Humane in 2018.

Projects

Projects in the lab are inter-disciplinary and collaborative, bringing together perspectives from different fields of knowledge. The lab provides a platform to interact and engage with emergent technologies and ideas that are speculative and challenge existing notion of form and aesthetics.

Face Recognition
Face Recognition
Smart Headgear
Smart Headgear
Gesture Controlled Arm
Gesture Controlled Arm
3D Printer
3D Printer
UAV for Image Analysis and Mapping
UAV for Image Analysis and Mapping
Ultrasound Radar (Sonar)
Ultrasound Radar (Sonar)

Other Projects by our students are Game Design on Scratch, NFC communication and activation, LDR responding Sunflower, Musical Instruments using Makey-Makey, Key pad activation security and UAV using IR sensors.

Our upcoming projects are Quantifying the body, use of neuro-sensors to hack human cognition, Bip-sensors, ECG and diagnosis, Healthcare in rural areas, smartphones and applications, Smart Walking Stick/App for the visually challenged.

Workshops

Since last three years, we have been organising one month long Summer Workshops in the months of May-June for school children. So far, we have trained over 500 school children through these workshops.

Since it’s inception, the Lab has also conducted Science Workshops in 12 schools, benefitting over 2000 school children.

Artist-in-Residence

Marc Lee (born 1969) is a Swiss media artist. He is creating network oriented interactive art projects, interactive installations, media art, internet art, performance art and video art since 1999.  His works are exhibited in major museums and new media art exhibitions.

At Nalanda, Marc worked with our students on data and network driven interactive installation that explore and experiment with privacy, Fake News, Digital Currency, Social Media, etc.

He is our first Artist-in-Residence and stayed with us from 25th January to 2nd February 2019.

Nalanda Abhiyan Labs: An Introduction (Video)

People Involved

Most of our Lab members are students with various backgrounds and diverse interests. They are trained in different disciplines and have a range of skill sets from hardware, software development, design thinking and fabrication and making.

Abhiyan Humane, Founder Director
Teacher, storyteller, artist, scientist, spaceman

Kapil Wankhede, Assistant Director
Quantitative Financial Analyst, Machine and Deep learning enthusiast

Priyanka Dahilekar, Research Assistant
Aeronautics, Robotics, Design and Engineering

Harshal Shimpi, Research Assistant
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Rashmi Patil, Research Assistant
Artificial Intelligence, Raspberry PI and Arduino

Niketan Moon, Research Assistant
Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Human Interaction with Interfaces

Kartik Shende, Intern
Film making, Film editing, AR/VR, YouTube influencer and Photography

Shyanki Sakhare, Intern
Mobile repair, Raspberry Pi, PCB Design and Arduino

Ashish Shende, Artist-Designer
3D Printing, Designing and Robotics