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Robotic helpers may seem like something out of science fiction, but one Australian test case has proven they’re more real than you might think, and there are plenty of commercial applications being investigated.
Chip’s test case was a part of a joint initiative with the Commonwealth Bank, and will form the basis of research into the commercial applications of robotics by UTS and the Australian Technology Network.
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- A minimum of 5 years of experience in interaction design, digital product design / development and prototyping
- Proficiency in front-end development or web client prototyping
- Experience with user-centered design, rapid prototyping, software prototyping, A/B testing, etc.
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PAL REEM robot (sponsored project) – Be part of a large project between the Commonwealth Bank and the Australian Technology Network of Universities!
This project is an initiative between CBA and ATN (including QUT).
Several projects will develop and test programming code (using ROS coding) for use with a humanoid PAL REEM robot.
Coding Projects will address potential use cases that are relevant to the research interests of QUT robotics lab as well as the corporate objectives of CBA and Stockland (the joint owners of the REEM robot).
Code testing will be done using a combination of online simulators and ‘real-life’ testing on the REEM robot housed at the CBA headquarters in Sydney.
The essential requirement for these projects is a set of very good programming skills
Below is a list of scenarios corresponding to possible projects
- Waiter: Robotroams at a function, approaching people, askingifapersonwantsdrink, if yes the robot asks for name, register appearance (including face), then go fetch the drink, then come back looking for the person who ordered the drink.
- Receptionist: Robotleads an interactive tour of the lab. Let people ask questions. A visitor can pause the tour (to look at an exhibit). Take a visitor to a place or a person’s office.
Companion/entertainer: play the game “Simon says”, run some simple gym exercises.
Telepresence/security: Check that all doors on a floor are locked (incuding automatic doors!)
Skills: Python or Matlab or C++, an interest in robotics
Level: 4th year
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