Designing a robot at Urban Arts Projects are L-R: QUT Creative Industries alumnus Matt Tobin (UAP Founder and Managing Director), Bruce Blundell (Design Documentation Lead at UAP), Dr Glenda Caldwell and Dr Jared Donovan (QUT Design).
Designing a robot at Urban Arts Projects are L-R: QUT Creative Industries alumnus Matt Tobin (UAP Founder and Managing Director), Bruce Blundell (Design Documentation Lead at UAP), Dr Glenda Caldwell and Dr Jared Donovan (QUT Design).

We’re designing robots that see for Aussie SMEs

QUT is at the helm of an $8 million design robotics research project to develop vision-enabled, agile and adaptable robots that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use easily to make high-value products that open export opportunities and create more jobs in Australia.

The five-year design robotics project is in partnership with UAP, the newly-established Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), RMIT University and construction company Laing O’Rourke.

QUT interaction design expert Dr Jared Donovan said SMEs couldn’t afford to employ a full-time engineer just to program a robot, so his team was designing a system that was agile, adaptable and easy for technical staff to re-task day to day.

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