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Universities Robotics: The Platform with Reach
Online robotics trade fair connecting industry and universities on a single platform
By Dr. Seth Quartey

“The idea was to offer university robotics labs—free of charge!—an online channel on which to display robotics and education-related projects to the research community.”


What we do

All too often universities display their robotics projects at traditional academic workshops, conferences or trade fairs with sometimes unmanageable logistics and limited accessibility for robotics enthusiasts.

This is where the online Universities Robotics platform comes into play. It is a great way to get news out fast and far—around the world!

ROBOTICS 21XX is our latest introduction in connecting industry and universities on a single platform with multiple listings to robotics grasps, computer vision, rovers, swarms, flying robots, automated robots, exoskeletons, submersibles, etc.

Online tradefair

How the platform works

The platform integrates high-quality videos, pictures and text and gets the news out there into the market. Each university’s project is displayed on a “stand,” which in turn is displayed in “e-halls”.  This not only offers potential enthusiasts an accurate, quick, and multi-dimensional overview of the projects, but also ensures light and efficient interconnectedness among colleagues.

stand and halls

The virtual platform, which was first made public in 2008, was an initiative between EXPO21XX, an online exhibition website, and its industrial and media partners. The idea was to offer university robotics labs a channel to display robotics and education-related projects to the research community, junior robotics groups and K-12 students and other robotics enthusiasts, all free of charge. 

The platform has expanded over the years, and today, it also serves as a media supporter for conferences, trade fairs, and organizations, technology developers, research academics, teachers, professionals and students seeking information on the latest development in the field. As such, it is in a better position to serve as a one-stop repository for robotics enthusiasts.

Research examples

One robotics research group worth mentioning is the Cybernetic Intelligence Research Group (CIRG) of the University of Reading.  CIRG is experimenting on how growing cultures of neurons may interface with a computer, thus moving a step forward in creating true Cyborgs.  The neurons are cultured under laboratory conditions by placing them on multi-electro dishes to pick up electrical signals displayed by the neurons.

They grow, divide, reconnect and start displaying various complex electrical activities, thereby giving the hybrid an animatic mechanism. The result may well lead to the creation of real autonomous robots that could be deployed in situations or in environments that would be difficult for humans, such as deep-space exploration or to gain a better understanding of memory and learning.

The Personal Robots Group at MIT focuses on the relationship between humans and robots by developing a series of robots with human behaviors. There is a focus on skill and craft and   mobility that mimic human speed and movement in a confined or complex environment; dexterity is directed at hand and wrist movement, expressive gesturing and social human-style facial expressions.

The Active Vision Group at the University of Oxford is also developing algorithms for computer vision modeled to replicate human vision, i.e., shape, range imaging and recognition of various objects.

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Robotics Lab have developed Maggie, a personal social robot with which to study and improve robot intelligence and human robot interaction in various environments. Mounted with high sensory and recognition software, the robots can detect movements, signals and cooperate with humans to work together.

As educational advocate, EXPO21XX has entered into collaboration with the US National Robotics Week, iRobot, BEST Robotics Inc., US Congressional Robotics Caucus, Kalani High School Robotics, etc., to announce the need for high schools and young robotics enthusiasts to establish partnerships and compete with each other.

The Junior Robotics platform conveys the fun, ingenuity and experiences that the kids go through to present their visions of the future.

ROBOTICS 21XX is our latest introduction to connect industry and universities on a single platform with visible listing to robotics grasps, computer vision, rovers, swarms, flying robots, exoskeleton, submersible, automated robots etc.

The projects listed are a sampling of how robotics researchers are responding to the need to develop robots that help humans master difficult and physically challenging duties.

Additional information: News about the robotics platform can be found in Physorg, Automation World, and the newsletter for the George Washington University School of Engineering.

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