Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics: Fostering Game Changing Innovations for Regional Collaboration [Online Event] | SGInnovate
June 17 2020


Online Event

Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics: Fostering Game Changing Innovations for Regional Collaboration [Online Event]

Presented by SGInnovate and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

Policymakers, businesses and innovators around the world increasingly recognise the importance of advanced manufacturing and robotics. The use of robotics in sectors such as healthcare, automotive, electronics and in several other businesses continue to advance, expand and evolve at a rapid pace with a robust digital transformation strategy. 

Advanced manufacturing and robotics are widely recognised as the main driver of business R&D expenditure and as critical enablers of emerging technologies. The current Covid-19 crisis has made countries across the world realise the importance of being self-reliant but at the same time have enhanced regional cooperation to reduce the dependency of concentrated supply chains.   
The global manufacturing industry will be witnessing significant changes in the coming decade and robotics, AI and IoT will play an increasingly important role. In a situation like this, automation and robotics could reduce dependence on human labour and increase productivity, preventing the chances of future plant shutdowns.

Featuring an in-depth exchange of ideas among Singapore's and India's experts in advanced manufacturing and robotics, join us in this webinar where we will explore regional collaborative efforts in driving game-changing innovations in the field of Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics.

Date: 17 June 2020
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm (UTC+8)

11:30am – 12:15pm: Panel Discussion
12:15pm - 12:30pm: Q&A


  • Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Chair Professor, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, IIT Kanpur 

  • Rohit Girdhar, Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, Infineon Technologies 

  • Akanksha Jagwani, CEO and Co-Founder, Sixsense 

  • Ajay Gopalswamy, CEO, DiFACTO Robotics and Automation

Moderator: Janesh Janardhanan, Senior Director, Frost and Sullivan


Speakers’ Profiles: 

Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Chair Professor, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, IIT Kanpur 


Dr Laxmidhar Behera is working as Poonam and Prabhu Goel Chair Professor at IIT Kanpur having research and teaching experience of more than 25 years. He has received the BSc (engineering) and MSc (engineering) degrees from NIT Rourkela in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He received the PhD degree from IIT Delhi in 1996. He pursued the postdoctoral studies in the German National Research Center for Information Technology, GMD, Sank Augustin, Germany, during 2000-2001. Previously, he has worked as an assistant professor at BITS Pilani during 1995- 1999 and as a reader at Intelligent Systems Research Center (ISRC), the University of Ulster, the United Kingdom during 2007-2009. He has also worked as a visiting researcher/professor at FHG, Germany, and ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. His research work lies in the convergence of machine learning, control theory, robotic vision and heterogeneous robotic platforms. He has received more than INR 170 million research grants to support his research activities. He has established industrial collaboration with TCS, Renault Nissan, BEL, Bangalore and ADNOC, Abu Dhabi while making significant technological development in the areas such robotics-based ware-house automation, vision and drone guided driver assistance system, and drone guided pipeline inspection systems. He has published more than 250 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings. To date, He has supervised 18 PhD thesis to completion.  

He is a Fellow of INAE and Senior Member of IEEE and also a Technical Committee member on IEEE SMC on Robotics and Intelligent Systems.  

His other research interests include intelligent control, semantic signal/music processing, neural networks, control of cyber-physical systems and cognitive modelling. 


Rohit Girdhar, Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, Infineon Technologies 


Rohit Girdhar is part of Infineon’s Asia Pacific regional management team and works on strategic assignments for Infineon’s legal entities in the Asia Pacific region, e.g. in India, ASEAN, Korea and Australia. Since April 2017, he is also a board member of Infineon Technologies India Pvt Ltd. He started his professional career at Teradyne Inc. San Jose, California as an engineer/project manager. Later, he was employed at General Electric (GE) in Bengaluru.  

Rohit Girdhar holds a Bachelors degree in engineering from BITS PIlani, a Masters degree from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from INSEAD. 


Akanksha Jagwani, CEO and Co-Founder, Sixsense 


Akanksha is the Co-founder and CEO at, a Singapore-based Deep Technology company spearheading manufacturing revolutions using AI & IoT analytics. SixSense’s AI platform augments the decision-making quality of manufacturing quality and inspection processes.  

As a mechanical engineer graduate from IIT Gn (Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar), she researched at the Washington University in St. Louis and A* STAR Singapore. Akanksha then started her career as a Software Engineer at Altair Engineering automating computer-based simulations for the engineering of cars & aeroplanes parts of Hyundai Motors and General Electric, where she recognised unmet needs in the manufacturing industry. 

With the dream to set up her startup, she hustled as a Pizza Maker at Pizza Hut and led digital product design teams at two multi-million dollars startups before starting SixSense. 


Ajay Gopalswamy, CEO, DiFACTO Robotics and Automation


Dr Ajay Gopalswamy has over 30 years of experience in industrial robotics and automation and Co-founded DIFACTO Robotics and Automation in 2007 to provide industrial robot solutions to manufacturing companies. DIFACTO is a leading robotics and automation turnkey solutions provider in India. With more than 200 engineers, DiFACTO’s clients include Indian manufacturing companies such as Maruti Suzuki, Honda Cars, Toyota, TVS Motor Company, Tata Motors, Renault Nissan, Dr Reddy’s Labs, as well several global customers such as Tesla, GE, BMW China, GM, LM Windpower, and many more. 

He has also previously worked with ABB, Fanuc and Inteltek Automation between 1992 and 2006 and a scientist at Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (Defense Research and Development Organisation) from 1990 to 1992. 


Moderator's Profile:

Janesh Janardhanan, Senior Director, Frost and Sullivan