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The University of Alicante invests 180,000 euros in robots to train students taking the Undergraduate Degree in Robotics

The UA President has presented the new equipment available in the robotics laboratory of the Undergraduate Degree in Robotics, Spain’s only degree in this discipline

 

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Alicante. Wednesday 6 June 2018

Next year, the graduation of the first class of the University of Alicante’s Undergraduate Degree in Robotics, Spain’s only degree in this discipline to date, will take place. Today, UA President Manuel Palomar, Vice President for Campus Facilities and Technology Rafael Muñoz and Polytechnic School director Andrés Montoyo have presented the new equipment of the robotics laboratory. These recently built facilities will now have industrial and service robots as training tools for undergraduate degree students.

As stated by the UA President, “the Undergraduate Degree in Robotics is a leading initiative, providing training in a key area for the future and with many job offers in various sectors. The laboratory offers high-level practical and specific training, and the new equipment will allow students to work with the same miniature robots as the ones employed in those industries, having the same functions and operativeness.”

The robotics laboratory is located in the UA Polytechnic School, building 3. Since its creation, the laboratory has been intended, in terms of design and equipment, as a facility to provide students taking the Undergraduate Degree in Robotics (to date, Spain’s first and only robotics degree) with comprehensive training in this field.

The laboratory, of over 100 m2, is distributed into two areas separated by a transparent wall. The robots are in one of the areas, and the other is for students’ cooperative work, so they can operate the robots safely.

Following an investment of over €180,000 by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Facilities and Technology and the Polytechnic School, the laboratory now has several simulation mock-ups of simple robotic arms and engines to study automatic and control systems, as well as two industrial arms, to improve students’ training in industrial robotics. The laboratory is also devoted to service robotics; to that end, four fully equipped mobile robots have been acquired.

Santiago Puente, the Polytechnic School’s academic coordinator for Infrastructure and Facilities, highlighted that “companies need qualified professionals able to address several robot-related needs, such as automation, simulation, robotics, control or programming. The robotics engineers we train at the University of Alicante have all those profiles at the same time.” “So far you could only take master’s degrees or specific degree subjects in robotics, but in our case students receive comprehensive training, covering basic aspects of robot operation, materials and their behaviour, robot programming and control, and specific subjects like teleoperation, service robotics, multi-robots or manipulation, focusing on various fields,” according to Mr Puente.

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