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See our video on cooperative robots at MUDAM

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Published on Friday, 24 July 2015

A research team led by Dr Patrice Caire of SnT is presenting an installation with humanoid robots and small, unmanned aircrafts, more familiarly known as drones for the exhibition “Eppur si muove. Art and Technology, a Shared Sphere (And yet it turns)” at MUDAM Luxembourg Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

 

Robots and drones – so called CoRobots – cooperate with each other to greet the museum visitors and give them information. The project sensitises visitors to the capabilities and likely uses of robots in the future – for example as museum guides. In addition to a scientific examination of robotics and its many aspects, the presentation offers a playful and entertaining introduction to the very relevant issue of future ‘human-robot interaction’.

Robots and drone in action

In a room set aside specifically for this presentation, leading directly off the entrance hall of MUDAM, the visitors encounter two humanoid robots and a drone. These converse with each other and the visitors, and even host an interactive quiz.

The concept for this demonstration of modern robotics was initiated by Dr Patrice Caire, scientist and artificial intelligence expert at SnT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust) of the University of Luxembourg. Caire and her interdisciplinary team of roboticians, informaticians, engineers, museologists, screenplay writers, sound designers and technicians have created a presentation that has met with great enthusiasm, including from museum director Enrico Lunghi: “This project beautifully shows what a strong influence science has on our life, and accordingly on art as well.” Patrice Caire sees two aspects to the project: “On the one hand, it is about demonstrating the technical challenges of our exciting field of research. We are scientists after all. But on the other hand, we want to present a good show to the public.”

Come meet our scientists at MUDAM

Over the next six months, the scientific team will put on regular presentations in the scope of the exhibition. As part of the plan, the core team of scientists has even relocated their workplace to MUDAM for the duration, to be available to meet visitors interested in the topic of robotics.

“Technically, the robotics industry is on the upswing,” says Prof. Holger Voos, who heads the Automation Research Group at SnT, where the robotics research activities take place. “It has long been about more than just micrometre-precision welding or cutting of materials. In future, humanoid robots will assume a supporting role in many areas of life. The CoRobots project gives us the opportunity to familiarise citizens with these new possibilities.”

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The exhibition “Eppur si muove. Art and Technology, a Shared Sphere” is running from 9 July 2015 until 17 January 2016 at MUDAM Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, 3, Park Dräi Eechelen, L-1499 Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

CoRobots at MUDAM Luxembourg
Permanence: Wednesday to Friday 2 pm - 6 pm
Shows: 2.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 4.30 pm and 5.30 pm

The CoRobots Team consists of: Dr Patrice Caire (Project Initiator and Lead), Dr Miguel Olivares Mendez (Technical Supervision), Maciej Zurad (System Integration and Programming), Philippe Ludivig, Jan Dentler, Arun Annaiyan and Sebastien Cagnon (Robotics), Raphael Hinger (Technician), Ayshea Halliwell and Miha Manea (Film direction and Script), Utku Baydarlioglu and Pierre Vasseur (Sound design) and Celine Schall and Jean-Christophe Vilatte (Museology).