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DU students turn scientists at DRDO labs

Young scientists at Delhi University are busy working at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratories this summer, programming robots to be used in warfare and developing an image encryption scheme for secure communication.

Two groups of students at DU's Cluster Innovation Centre are working in the Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL) and Scientific Analysis Group (SAG) laboratory.

"The first group of 10 students, pursuing BTech in Mathematical Innovation, is working at DTRL to learn the know-hows of artificial intelligence. The team is programming robots for using them in warfare," a CIC professor mentoring the students said.

"Military decision-making is a complex process, especially in pursuit division scenario, where 
autonomous agents are artificially equipped with intelligence. The situation further gets difficult when deception is employed. Students are working on decision-making model that will look into this problem," she added.

The second group of three students from the same course  is working at the SAG laboratory to develop an encryption scheme. 

DU officials said it is a <g data-gr-id="22">first-of-its kind</g> initiative taken by an educational institution in the country. "DU and the DRDO had entered into a collaboration for undertaking scientific projects as well as <g data-gr-id="27">exchange</g> of know-how between DRDO scientists and the faculty, " CIC Director MM Chaturvedi said.
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