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July 2014

Research dreams take flight

Having grown up watching father fly planes in the Indian Air Force, it’s no surprise that Adyasha Dash dreams of developing the next generation of military air planes and unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology. Her studies at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy gave her the foundation she needed for her research to take flight this summer at the University of Calgary with Dr. Alex Ramirez-Serrano through Mitacs Globalink Research Internships.

Working as part of the Autonomous Reconfigurable/Robotic Systems Group at the Schulich School of Engineering, Adyasha is helping to further develop a special highly maneuverable, high-speed drone bi-copter capable to fly in confined spaces and other areas such as collapsed buildings typically encountered in urban search and rescue, or mining environments.  Devices like this, which have been under development at the U of C since 2005, could be deployed during disasters to direct rescuers to find stranded survivors.

Outside the lab, she and her fellow Globalink research interns look forward to meeting with local industry leaders and taking professional development workshops over the summer through Mitacs Step.

Her experience so far has been invaluable: “Since coming to the University of Calgary, I have been impressed by the very sophisticated lab spaces and the whole research program. I’ve already fallen in love with Alberta so much that I want to apply to grad schools so that I can come back!”


Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and Alberta Innovates for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

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