Touch of genius
Professor Saeid Nahavandi, Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research within ITRI, has won a major multi-million dollar grant to develop an intelligent robot that will give the operator an amazingly realistic sense of touch.
So much so that military personnel will be able to safely defuse a bomb up to 500 metres away as if they were using their bare hands.
The grant was announced by the Federal Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Honourable Warren Snowden MP, during the Avalon Airshow in March.
A host of Deakinâ€™s research activities, including the full-scale version of the Model T2 were on display at the Airshow, sitting more than comfortably among all the other high-tech displays drawn from around the globe.
Mr Snowdon said the Deakin robot was among four projects, which the Government had identified as having their development â€˜fast-trackedâ€™ under the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Extension Program managed by the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO).
â€œAs well as highlighting the world class robotics research and development that is taking place at Deakin, this grant also underlines the Universityâ€™s commitment to developing a distinctive, broad-based portfolio of high quality discovery, applied and commercial research,â€