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Pepper a Peak into the Future of Social Robotics

18 May 2017 It may be petite, but Pepper carries the future of robotics on its narrow shoulders. QUT is Australia’s first university to use Pepper specifically for a social robotics research platform, complementing the State Government’s strategy to explore the potential for humanoid robots. Created by SoftBank Robotics, Pepper is the world’s first personal humanoid robot that can recognise emotions. It also mimics human behaviours such as following the conversation around it by looking at whom...

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Maths-fuelled fiction bound for schools

Schools across Australia are being urged to grab a free mathematics resource that makes learning fun through fiction. Developed by QUT roboticist Associate Professor Michael Milford, the Math Thrills program hijacks the books, movies and games students love to consume to excite them about mathematical learning. The program is being offered free to schools around Australia thanks to a $25,000 AMP Tomorrow Fund grant. “Maths gets a bad rap for being boring even though it is so diverse that it lite...

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New Class of Medical Robotics to Make Keyhole Surgery Safer

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and researchers from the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision are leading an international collaboration that has just received a $996,000 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund grant from the Australian Government. Project leader and renowned orthopaedic surgeon Professor Ross Crawford said the new robotic imaging system will allow surgeons for the first time to track the position of soft tissue in real time and in 3D. Our Medical Robotics Team “Patien...

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