Priority now is to win gold at Commowealth games:Sathiyan

first_imgC Shyam SundarChennai, Jan 12 (PTI) G Sathiyan, currently the top ranked Indian table tennis player as per the latest ITTF rankings, has set new targets, including winning a gold at this years Commonwealth Games and breaking into the top 20.Having enjoyed a good run in 2017, Sathiyan is ranked No.49 and has edged past A Sharath Kamal (51).This included winning the Spanish Open in November, his second IITF Pro Tour title, a feat which no other Indian has managed. A gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in April is now his priority.”I am happy that I have been able to surpass my own expectations, of breaking into the top-60 and breaking the top-50 barrier. I am on a high and have to keep improving and set tougher targets. One of my aims is to win gold at the CWG,” he told PTI.He has jumped 19 places to reach a career-high world ranking of 49.The Chennai paddler says what looked near impossible a few years ago (breaking into the top 100) has become a reality due to the hard work and mentoring by Olympian and former national champion S Raman since 2012.”..Im looking to break into the top-20 next year,” he said.The 24-year-old said one of the reasons for his success in 2017 was taking calculated risks and not worrying too much about the results, which gave him confidence to take on and beat top players.”The change from a player with a defensive mindset to one with an attacking intent made a lot of difference.”advertisementSathiyan, an engineer, said Raman has been a great motivator and made sure he remained focused. He also worked on his technique. “I have to thank Raman for his help and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and GoSports Foundation for their support,” he said.He rated his victory at the Spanish Open as one of his most cherished moments.”The win at the Spanish Open was the best moment of my career. I played very well. I felt I was in the zone and was surprised by what I was able to do,” he said.He said having six players in the top-100 is a big boost for India and augurs well for events like CWG and Asian Games.Apart from Sathiyan and Kamal, the other Indians in the top 100 presently are: Soumyajit Ghosh (58), Harmeet Desai (60), Sanil Shetty (68) and Anthony Amalraj (87).”It is good that there are six Indians in the top 100 and everyone is in good touch and motivated too. This gives us a good chance to go for gold in the CWG,” he said. The right-handed paddler, however, feels that the Asian Games later this year will be a different challenge with the Chinese expected to be at the forefront.”If we are able to raise our level of play, we can shine as there is no pressure of expectations given the high standards,” he pointed out. He also said the Chinese dominance can be challenged.”We can definitely catch up with them. In fact, a German (Dimitrij Ovtcharov) is the current World No.1. We need more exposure,” he added. PTI SS BNlast_img read more

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Googles Cloud Robotics platform to be launched in 2019 will combine the

first_imgEarlier this week, Google announced its plans to launch a ‘Cloud Robotics platform’ for developers in 2019. Since the early onset of ‘cloud robotics’ in the year 2010, Google has explored various aspects of the cloud robotics field. Now, with the launch of Cloud Robotics platform, Google will combine the power of AI, robotics and the cloud to deploy cloud-connected collaborative robots. The platform will encourage efficient robotic automation in highly dynamic environments. The core infrastructure of the Platform will be open source and users will pay only for what services they use. Features of Cloud Robotics platform: #1 Critical infrastructure The platform will introduce secure and robust connectivity between robots and the cloud. Kubernetes will be used for the management and distribution of digital assets. Stackdriver will assist with the logging, monitoring, alerting, and dashboarding processes. Developers will gain access to Google’s data management and AI capabilities, ranging from Cloud Bigtable to Cloud AutoML. The standardized data types and open APIs will help developers build reusable automation components. Moreover, open APIs support interoperability, which means integrators can compose end-to-end solutions with collaborative robots from different vendors. #2 Specialized tools The tools provided with this platform will help developers to build, test, and deploy software for robots with ease. Composing and deploying automation solutions in customers’ environments through system integrators can be done easily. Operators can monitor robot fleets and ongoing missions, as well. Plus, users have to only pay for the services they use. That being said, if a user decides to move to another cloud provider, they can take their data with them! #3 Fostering powerful first-party services and third-partyy innovation Google’s initial Cloud Robotics services can be applied to various use cases like robot localization and object tracking. The services will process sensor data from multiple sources and use machine learning to obtain information and insights about the state of the physical world. It will encourage an ecosystem of hardware, and applications, that can be used and re-used for collaborative automation. #4 Industrial Automation made easy Industrial automation requires extensive custom integration. Collaborative robots can help improve flexibility of the overall process.  It will help save costs and vendor lock ins. That being said, it is difficult to program robots to understand and react to the unpredictable changes of the physical human world. The Google Cloud platform will solve these issues by providing flexible automation services like Cartographer service, Spatial Intelligence service and Object Intelligence service Watch this video to know more about these services: Alternatively, head over to Google’s Blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next What’s new in Google Cloud Functions serverless platform Cloud Filestore: A new high performance storage option by Google Cloud Platform Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS): How Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and AWS are democratizing Artificial Intelligencelast_img read more

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