Monash opens new robotics lab

Monash University has opened a new $6.5 million Monash Robotics Lab as the newest part of its robotics precinct.

In a statement on Tuesday, the university said the lab would link researchers to develop new solutions with economic and wellbeing impact.

It includes “experimental space and equipment to enable realistic experimental validation” and would help develop “the next generation of breakthrough technologies and will rapidly change the way we live and work” according to the university.

Monash, a member of the Group of Eight universities, was recently ranked 57th in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and 42nd for Education Impact.

The Lab adds to facilities in the robotics precinct including the Makerspace, Monash Smart Manufacturing Hub, Data Futures Institute and Monash Generator.

Director of robotics at Monash, Professor Dana Kulic, said the impact of work would be across sectors including manufacturing, transportation, construction, medical and surgical, mining and agriculture, and would be focussed on four key themes.

  • design and manipulation; 
  • modelling and control; 
  • perception and learning; and 
  • human-robot interaction.

“Research undertaken in our lab will develop the next generation of human-centred robots, capable of supporting and empowering people at work, in the home and in exploration,” added Kulic.

Picture: Michelle McFarlane Photography

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