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Drexel Engineering Research Brings Seven Adult-Sized Humanoid Robots Together in the ­.s. For the First Time


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Seven adult-sized HUBO humanoid robots took the stage together in a showcase event that opened National Engineers Week at Drexel.

Credit: Drexel Now

Drexel University recently celebrated National Engineers Week by presenting seven adult-sized humanoid robots made by the HUBO Lab.

"Never before have seven adult-sized, fully actuated humanoids appeared on stage together, so it's truly a milestone in robotics research," says Drexel professor Youngmoo Kim. The project, in collaboration with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's (KAIST's) HUBO Lab, enables Drexel and KAIST researchers to share training and knowledge and to work with the same humanoid robot platform from different continents. "The KAIST HUBO served as an effective platform to train students in both complex systems engineering and working in international design teams," says KAIST's Paul Oh.

The U.S. National Science Foundation in August 2010 awarded a $6 million grant to a group of institutions led by Drexel to advance humanoid robotics research in the United States. Researchers from the seven collaborating schools will travel to Drexel to receive training on operating the robots.

"Building upon the unique expertise we have developed at Drexel in assembling and maintaining HUBO, this project will rapidly advance the state of the art in humanoid robotics research," Kim says.

From Drexel Now 
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