The Honda Research Institute Japan (HRI-JP) focuses on Cooperative Intelligence in supporting human and machine. The collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and HRI-JP will involve the conceptualization, design and development of a novel modular and reconfigurable robot. The robot will have the ability to move in different and reconfigurable ways, to support modularity in attachment of different interaction and manipulation means, while possessing the AI abilities in performing challenging mobility tasks, for example remaining attached on surfaces of various orientations, to cooperate with humans.
– Our joint efforts will focus on the conceptual expansion of multiple robot renditions that will be programmed to complete time-sensitive and complex service tasks in an autonomous collaborative strategy, says Georgios Andrikopoulos.
– The ultimate goal would be to create a multidimensional home service robot that could support humans through every-day tasks and eventually increase their quality of life.
Great oppurtunity for students
The collaboration with HRI-JP will also open up possibilities for students. The LTU Robotics Team seeks two students to perform their master thesis on the design and conceptualization tasks of the aforementioned robot. The background of the students can be from the Engineering field as well as from the Industrial Design field.
– It is a great possibility for students. As part of their master thesis, they will be able to acquire internship experience with HRI in Japan. says George Nikolakopoulos, Professor of Robotics and Automation. (robotik och automation)