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Bioinspired/Social Robots and IoT: towards the future of robotics

The Project

In this project, your challenge is to identify a problem unsolved or improperly unsolved in our society, search how nature fixes it, and design a robot that solves it. Finally, you will have to extend the capabilities of your robotic platform providing connectivity to the cloud, turning your robot into an IoT device. 

But why do we want to design a Bioinspired Robot? Because numerous researchers contend that nature is the best model for “life-like” activity. Evolution has found solutions that allow organisms to rapidly and efficiently perform complex tasks in a complex world. New robotic technology tends to develop robots that not only interact with people but also evolve and learn from the interaction and collect information through IoT (Internet of Things) concept.

In this project, we are going to learn how a robotic prototype is designed using design thinking technics and following the Human Factors Engineering requirements that focus on the application of human factors knowledge to the design and construction of socio-technical systems. We are going to build the first concept prototype using rapid prototyping resources and materials. 

By using Arduino-based boards, we will implement the drivers to the actuators and sensors of our robotic design. This drivers consist of electronic circuitry, but also of pieces of code. The final goal is to be able to have full control of our robot. To do so, is essencial to learn about the importance of the embodiment of the robot, how the mechanical part is linked to the software and electronic elements, and also about 3D modeling using free 3D design software and 3D printers.

Through the code, we will program the robot and tune how it interacts with the environment and how it is perceived by the end-users. It depends about the goals that the robot has to  achieve we are going to program simple artificial intelligence systems based on the most used techniques by the research community.

At the end of the project we are going to connect all robots between them through a cloud robotics system. The robotic cloud system will be possible because all of them are IoT devices (“Internet of Things” or “things connected to the internet”). We are going to discover the infinity of possibilities that emerges when we establish the interconnectivity of the system. We are going to test the final result, take data off the performance of our robot: from the technical point of view reliability and robustness, but also from the end-user perception and acceptation.

Matching profiles

Robotics, computer science, engineering, electronics

Required materials

Laptop, cell phone

Coordinator of the project
Jordi Albó

Jordi Albó

Jordi Albó is deeply passionate about promoting the enhancement of learning through robotics and the potential benefits of having personal robots to improve the quality of life. He leads international collaborations developing high-impact, inexpensive, cloud-based educational and therapeutical social robots for children with special needs. One such focus had been companions for children with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and autism, as well as robot companions intended to reduce anxiety and stress for children with critical illnesses. Also, he has been collaborating in several outreach projects using existing technologies to create robotic solutions that facilitate the everyday life to adult people with disabilities.

Elena Jurado

Elena Jurado

Elena Jurado combines passion for teaching, researching and coordinating projects in the interface of education, science and technology. She obtained a BSc degree in Industrial Engineering, a PhD in Environmental Modeling, and a MSc degree in Technology, Innovation and Education and has lived and worked in Spain, Netherlands and Colombia. Currently working in Campus La Salle Barcelona (Universitat Ramon Llull), she is a cofounder of EduEnginy, a center to promote STEAM education through robotics. Her main research interests combine: artificial intelligence, robotics, citizen science and education.

The center
La Salle Campus Barcelona – University Ramon Llull

La Salle Campus Barcelona is one of the founding members of the University Ramon Llull (URL), one of the most innovative and modern universities in Spain. Its success is based on its quality education which fully responds to society’s current needs.