Punith Kumar M B

Work place: Department of ECE, PES College of Engineering Mandya, Karnataka, India

E-mail: punithpes@gmail.com


Research Interests: Detection Theory, Image Processing, Image Manipulation, Image Compression


Dr. Punith Kumar M B was born in Mandya, India, in 1985. He received the B.E. Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore in 2007, and the M.Tech in VLSI Design and Embedded Systems from PES College of Engineering, Mandya under the The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) , Belgaum in 2010 and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics from the University of Mysore (UoM), Mysore, India, in 2017. In 2007, he joined the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering as a Lecturer in JVIT, Bidadi, Bangalore. In 2010, he joined the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering as a Assistant Professor in BGS Institute of Technology, BG Nagar, Mandya. In 2017, he joined the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering as a Associate Professor in PES College of Engineering Mandya. His current research interests include image processing, video processing, video shot detection etc. Dr Punith Kumar M B is a Life Member of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) and Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (AMIE), Member of IEEE. He was the Judge, Chairperson and Review member for the National and International Conference. 

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Internet Rescue Robots for Disaster Management

By Punith Kumar M B Sumanth S Manikant Amaresh Savadatti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijwmt.2021.02.02, Pub. Date: 8 Apr. 2021

The prototype development of Rescue Robot can help search and rescue teams with their difficult and life-saving tasks. Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground vehicles (UGVs) are viewed as two separate entities. However, upon closer examination, we can classify them into a closely-coupled system where both are just seen as separable parts of the body of one robotic entity, whose body parts can separate temporarily and acquire together again later.  In this prototype, a mobile robot UGV can be used as transport and landing station for a light-weight quadcopter UAV. UAV has separable long-range vision system which provides the top view of environment for the UGV, separable images are stitched and transformed into maps and utilized for rescue operations. This rescue robot contains a combination of UGV and UAV. It is equipped with a strong manipulator arm, used for debris removal, shoring operations, and delivering medicines/ food on very rough terrain. It has light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors, cameras, enabling it to look for victims and for mapping semi-destroyed buildings. The UGV can send visual feedback to the operator at a remote location. The UAV drone has a camera for an aerial view and mapping of the place. Working in conjunction with one another and thus the human search and rescue workers, these robotic assets form a strong team, increasing the effectiveness of search and rescue operations. This project aims at the realization of a new generation of search and rescue robot which can work in semi-autonomous and wireless modes and can be used in harsh physical environments of disaster regions to hold out the given tasks more effectively by the utilization of advanced and economic sensors. the problem domain of earthquake disasters and search and rescue processes is clarified with introducing an overview of this project. Disasters unsettle the economic and social stability of society. Shortage of skilled rescue work forces, also because the risks involved in search and rescue operations, are getting foremost problems during an emergency situation. In this paper rescue robot were designed, implemented in a real time environment and analyzed the result.

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Virobot the Artificial Assistant Nurse for Health Monitoring, Telemedicine and Sterilization through the Internet

By Punith Kumar M B D Manikant Amaresh Savadatti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijwmt.2020.06.03, Pub. Date: 8 Dec. 2020

We all know that during pandemic like corona or generally in hospitals, the front-line workers such as doctors, nurses, compounder in hospitals are nearest to the patients. They all need to look after the patients without caring about themselves and hence doctors, nurses, workers have a high chance of getting contacted to the disease. And few of the medical personnel fearing for the disease and their health, they are not ready to work in the hospital. Hence to tackle this problem we have come up with a solution i.e., Virobot- The artificial nurse. The result of this project is a robot that is designed to act as a medical assistant robot which can be controlled by nurses or doctors from a distance using their smart phone or it can just use autonomous navigation to reach the patients and give them required medicines, monitor patients health and stream all the patient information wirelessly through the internet to your palm(mobile). And, it has built-in UV sterilizer lights, which sterilizes the hospital wherever it travels. Not only it can carry lightweight packages and sterilize the hospital, It can be used as a telecommunication robot ad establish communication between doctor and patient since it is a built-in FPV camera and a Bluetooth speaker. The best thing is all these features are connected to the internet hence the doctor can get data from the robot from anywhere around the world.

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Automated Quality Inspection of PCB Assembly Using Image Processing

By Punith Kumar M B Shreekanth.T Prajwal M R

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijigsp.2020.03.02, Pub. Date: 8 Jun. 2020

Quality inspection of PCB is a crucial stage in the assembly line as it provides an insight on whether the board works correctly or not. When the inspection is done manually, it is susceptible to human errors and is time consuming. The boards should thus be inspected at every stage of the assembly line and the process should be dynamic. This is achieved in this work through three crucial stages in the assembly line and by replacing the conventional manual inspection by using image processing to obtain a faster and more precise quality inspection. The solder paste inspection consists of pre-processing using blue plane conversion, comparing with the unsoldered board in blue color plane and post processing using overlay. The X-ray inspection basically consists of pre- processing the captured image by RGB to gray conversion with thresholding, comparing with the expected image and post processing using overlay to show the shorts that has occurred along the assembly. The conformal coating inspection uses conversion of the blue intensity emitted off the board under UV light to RGB scale. Each of the algorithms were tested using 48 actual in-production boards from Vinyas IT Pvt Ltd, a PCB assembly company based in Mysore. The processing time of the algorithms were found to be less than 2 seconds with an accuracy of 85.7%. The system was also found to be cost effective over existing systems available in the market.

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