Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Robot Linda will mingle with visitors at the Natural History Museum

Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet Linda the robot at a week-long celebration of university research at the Natural History Museum in London.
Linda is one of six robots involved the STRANDS project. Linda, who is based at the University of Lincoln, UK, will be mingling with visitors to the Museum from 9th to 13th June in the ‘Robots on Patrol’ exhibit.
The event is part of Universities Week 2014 which aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities. It will be an opportunity for the research team to showcase the robot and the latest development in STRANDS. Members of the STRANDS team from the Universities of Lincoln and Birmingham will be on hand throughout the week to explain Linda’s capabilities.
Dr Marc Hanheide, from the University of Lincoln, said: “The aim is to show members of the public how this sort of technology could help us in our everyday lives, assisting humans in basic activities allowing them to concentrate on more important aspects of their work."
“It’s not just about providing a care home or security robot. We are trying to enable robots to learn from their long-term experience and their perception of how the environment unfolds in time. It will have many possible applications and taking Linda to the Natural History Museum is a fantastic opportunity for people to see how robots like this will, one day, be able to aid and assist humans in a variety of roles.”

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