Instituição Proponente: IST
Unidade de Investigação Principal: ISR
LARSyS Plurianual Budget
The Intelligent Robots and Systems research group of the Institute for Systems and Robotics coordinated a major EU funded project directly related to human-robot interactions and social behaviours. The MOnarCH project aimed to provide a set of autonomous robots with the capabilities of performing tasks to entertain kids with health issues (more specifically, cancer) from Instituto Português de Oncologia Francisco Gentil in Lisbon (IPO).
The legacy of these two projects, plus the challenge to find a domestic solution for robotics convinced us to gather and form a unique team, highly motivated and ready for the challenges to come!
The team is comprised of students and researchers related to robotics. From Post-Docs to MSc students on a voluntary basis, all of them contribute hand-on to the project. Check former members here
The MBot is composed of two main parts: body and head. The head can pan and has LED backlight to express emotions through a drawn mouth, eyes and checks. The body has all of the CPU devices (two motherboards with i7 processors), a touchscreen and all of the navigation mechanics, based on a Four-Wheel Omnidirectional Mecanum drive.
Regarding additional sensors and actuators needed specifically for @Home competitions, a Cyton 1500 Robai Arm with 7 DoF was attached to the left side of the body for manipulation capabilities and a microphone was placed on the top of the head for voice recognition.
The MBot is continuously developed and tested at the ISRoboNet@Home Testbed.
Previous Robot: ISR-CoBot
ISR-CoBot was an experimental platform for research in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). A service robot for office environments, it was designed to perform tasks for users. The research was targeted towards a robust platform capable of navigating in crowded environments, to create robots that were aware of their own limitations and are thus capable to autonomously asking humans for help.
The platform resulted from an ongoing collaboration with the CoBot project at Carnegie Mellon University, based on a customized Nomadic Scout differential drive platform. The equipment included a touchscreen on a laptop for HRI and computing, an Hokuyo UTM-30LX laser range finder (range 30m), a Kinect RGB-D camera, and an IP PTZ camera.
05-07 May 2017 – RoboCup German Open 2017 (Magdeburg, Germany), 5th place.
30-4 July 2016 — RoboCup Competition 2016 (Leipzig, Germany), participated and got a nice experience!
In the SocRob Youtube channel, you’ll find many videos of demos, participation in International and National competitions, or even relevant events such as the Mbot interacting with the President of Portugal.
pedro.lima (at) tecnico.ulisboa.pt
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Are you looking for an amazing experience with real robots in a team environment, while contributing actively for state-of-art research and gaining personal experience that will prove fruitful to your academic and professional future?
If you’re interested in joining SocRob, please send an email to socrob-info (at) isr.ist.utl.pt, or directly contact the responsible, stating who you are, your motivations, your academic background and how you would contribute to this project. Also, check here for more information about our work and some requisites.