IIT Hyderabad sets up ‘TiHAN-IIT’ testbed for autonomous navigation systems

News: Union Minister of Education has virtually laid the foundation stone of ‘TiHAN-IIT Hyderabad.


  • TiHAN: It is India’s first Technology Innovation Hub for Autonomous Navigation Systems and Data Acquisition Systems setup by IIT Hyderabad.
  • Focus: The hub focuses on addressing various challenges hindering the real-time adoption of unmanned autonomous vehicles for both terrestrial and aerial applications.
  • Funded by: It was sanctioned and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS).
  • Sectors: The hub’s focus sectors include Intelligent, Autonomous Transportation and Systems, Agriculture, Surveillance, and Environmental & Infrastructure Monitoring.
  • Who can use it? The hub will be available for use by industries, R&D labs, academia conducting research and development in the broad areas of autonomous navigation.

Additional Facts:

  • Cyber Physical Systems(CPS): It is a new class of engineered systems that integrate computation and physical processes in a dynamic environment. It encompasses technology areas of Cybernetics, Mechatronics, Design and Embedded systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) among others.
  • National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS): It was launched in 2018 by the Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years.
  • Aim: To create a seamless ecosystem for CPS by coordinating and integrating nationwide efforts encompassing knowledge generation, human resource development, research, technology, innovation and commercialization.
  • Key Objectives of the Mission: The mission implementation would develop and bring:
    • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and associated technologies within reach in the country,
    • adoption of CPS technologies to address India specific National / Regional issues,
    • produce Next Generation skilled manpower in CPS,
    • catalyze Translational Research,
    • accelerate entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem development in CPS,
    • give impetus to advanced research in CPS, Technology development and higher education in Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines, and
    • place India at par with other advanced countries and derive several direct and indirect benefits.
  • Features of the mission:
    • The mission aims at establishment of 15 numbers of Technology Innovation Hubs(TIH), six numbers of Application Innovation Hubs(AIH) and four numbers of Technology Translation Research Parks(TTRP).
    • These Hubs & TTRPs will connect to Academics, Industry, Central Ministries and State Government in developing solutions at reputed academic, R&D and other organizations across the country in a hub and spoke model.

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