We have recently made some interviews for the media, with an apparition on the regional edition of RTVE 1.
Last friday was the final of the students competition of Firefighters Robots. Six teams formed by several students (3-4) of the subject "Sistemas Inteligentes" (Intelligent Systems) programmed a robot to move around a maze, find a fire (a small candle) and extinguish it.
We can see here a moment of the competition with Dr. Enric Cervera starting the countdown.
The final results were:
We have been one of the sixteen teams selected from all around the world to participate in the Amazon Robotics Challenge 2017 (ARC2017 https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/pickingchallenge) which will take place in Nagoya, Japan, in conjunction with the RoboCup 2017 (http://www.robocup2017.org/eng/index.html).
Dr. Marco Dorigo from Université Libre de Bruxelles will give several lectures on the subject "Introduction to Swarm Intelligence":
(photo of the first lecture, with Professor Angel del Pobil)
Yesterday we participated in the third Firujiciència Science Fair with our robots, showing a thousand students from Castellón that science can be fun.
Our star was the NAO robot, which danced and moved for the students each 30 minutes.
Not a lot of people when we started.
It changed very quickly.
The day before the open day of the university and we already have visitors.
We continue our science dissemination work, this time with a visit to our lab from CEIP Manel Garcia Grau. Twenty eight seven and eight year old students saw our robots moving around with great success...
And dancing, and fun!
Dr. Ester Martinez-Martin has been in Vienna, in the mark of the HRI 2017, to impart a half-a-day workshop called "Robust Motion Detection and Tracking for Human-Robot Interaction".
Erasmus Mundus Advanced Robotics Master (EMARO+) has received more than 700 applications for grants from the European Comminssion or the Consortium, superating the previous record.
In the photo we can see some of the second yeat Master students in Castellón, Spain, with two of the coordinator teachers.
Professor Ángel Pasqual del Pobil is one of the organizers of IJCNN 2017 Workshop on 'Developmental Plasticity and Evolutionary Robotics' that will take place in Anchorage, May 19.