ÉTS Chair in Interactive Robotics

The aim of the Institutional Chair in Interactive Robotics is to develop new sensor technology and algorithms designed to enhance robot autonomy. By enhancing their autonomy, robots can be used in complex and unstructured environments and share work spaces with people in complete safety.

To create robots endowed with interactive capacities, Chairholder Vincent Duchaine and his colleagues must overcome major technological challenges. In fact, to achieve their goal, they must make concurrent advances in the following fields:

  • Mechanics
  • Control systems
  • Artificial intelligence

In addition, interactive robots must be equipped with more advanced sensory capacities. In efforts to develop sensors that can perceive human environments more effectively, the researchers plan to use knowledge from diverse fields, including: 

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical design
  • Materials
  • Microfabrication
  • Nanotechnology

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