Director's Message

Welcome to one and all the members of ACARD - Automatic Controls and Robotics Division (ACARD’ian if I may call so). As a Director of ACARD for the years 2022-23, it is my pleasure to welcome you all. The Division has seen good health and exhibits growth based on continued cooperation from you all. Glad to mention that the members strength of 3,800 Members is in the top three Divisions. 

During the last decade or so we all have seen lots of variety as well as growth in the field of Robotics. At the Pandemic times we saw Robots in hospitals for healthcare - serving patients from a safe distance. Industrial robots of our main focus have extended from Material handling to Processing, Machining to even the Assembly. Robots are also helping in the field of Agriculture to Mobile applications to even Space. Usage of Robots in Hazardous areas is a class in itself. Many of our ACARD Members - are professionally working in various industry sectors engaged in the activities such as Manufacturing, Servicing, Diagnostics, Q-C to even the areas of Research and Development. Division will be happy to hear from you through formats like OnPoint, Connect Live, Newsletter, ISA interchange, InTech etc. widely made available to ISA members to exchange your thoughts or disseminate the information you wish to share   

Further I wish to strongly suggest a good lot of networking opportunities beyond just the board Members of ACARD. I am honestly amazed to see the diversity - almost all continents and members from over 25 Countries Abu -Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Malaysia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and of course the United State of America - Hqtrs of ISA! 

Here is the link to reach out to the ACARD'ian of the Country of your choice.


Some of you may have noticed the mailbox within ISA Connect for ease of contact with the ISA- ACARD Member https://connect.isa.org/profile/myaccount/inbox

I wish to draw your attention to the Working Groups of ACARD. You may like to actively participate (P) or you may just like to be the Observer(O) as per your liking and get in touch with the respective Heads of the Working Group(H) mentioned below . Quite likely your experience and expertise in the domain is strong. You may also like to indicate the choice of Leadership Role(L) Following are the current working groups with the contact info of the Heads as per ISA data

A- Autonomous Vehicles - Dr Jayesh Barve barve.jayesh@gmail.com

F- FIEPER - Field Operated Robot- Anand Iyer - akiyer64@gmail.com

U- Utility Management - Vinod Joshi - Vinodvjoshi@gmail.com

V- Vision Systems - Vikas Anwekar - vikas.anwekar@gmail.com

Z- Zero Effect and Zero Defect - Satish Pathak- svp.technocrat@gmail.com

We are also open to hear from you if you wish to add another Working Group with your intent and plans to Lead(L) the same, please get in touch with Director Elect -Rohit Kadam - ro16102003@gmail.com  

Last but not the least our Newsletter editor Satish Pathak welcomes your contributions in any form like just a flash news, your own brainstorming thought, featured article/ Series of articles, short video clips to even just a small animated robotic clown or cartoon on a lighter side. You may directly email the same to E- Editor: svp.technocrat@gmail.com

Let's make it a more live and interactive exchange to enhance the pool of information and try and lift it to knowledge and wisdom. All ACARD'ians welcome once again to this this wonderful world of ISA – Automatic Controls and Robotics Division. Wish you good luck during this journey 

-Prakash Bapat, ACARD Director