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Development of a Humanoid Robot for Education and Outreach

Institution: School Of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin

Robots have engendered a certain public fascination since the term was
first coined by Josef Čapek in the 1920s [1]. In particular humanoid robots have
the capacity to excite (and in some cases intimidate) the general public about the
future developments in the field. Several researchers have harnessed this interest
in outreach and education activities.
This paper presents the design of a novel modular humanoid robot for
education and outreach. The robot uses a chain drive system actuated by servomotors
to achieve locomotion, while the location of the centre of gravity of the
robot is altered by using a sophisticated weight distribution system in the ‘torso’.
The robot has six active degrees of freedom in its legs and one in its torso.
A review of humanoid robots used in education and outreach is presented
before an exposition of the design, realization and testing of the robot. Future
publications will report on the evaluation of the effectiveness of the robot in
outreach activities.

Suggested citation:

. () Development of a Humanoid Robot for Education and Outreach [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th October 2019].


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