Students of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) will participate in the production of Russian humanoid robots Robo-C, which copy the appearance of a person. The university signed a corresponding agreement with the developer of robots “Promobot”, part of the production of which is localized in the Far East.
Today, the entire digital part of the creation of Russian twin robots is concentrated in the Far East – from research on human anatomy to materials science. The Promobot laboratory and office opened in Vladivostok in March 2021. The discovery was funded by the Far Eastern High Technology Fund (DFVT).
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“ FEFU actively cooperates with the leaders of the high-tech market in our country. The localization of production of the Promobot company in the Primorsky Territory opens up new opportunities for our students not only to touch the edge of the future but also to become those who create this future, “said Ilya Yaskov, Deputy Vice-Rector for Development.
Under the agreement with Promobot, FEFU students, as part of the internship program, will participate in creating the appearance of robots: hyperrealistic skin, hair and eyes, as well as modeling their appearance.
The university and the company will also cooperate on academic issues: the developments of FEFU scientists will be tested in real conditions of the production of robots, and the company’s engineers will act as invited teachers of the university. Promobot and the Far Eastern Federal University are planning to launch the first course in Russia on creating the appearance of robots.
“Robotics is one of the key industries that will change the face of the future, therefore it is very important to involve young people in the formation of this image as early as possible,” said Ruslan Sarkisov, General Director of the Far East High Technologies Fund.
FEFU students will be able to work in a center for 3D modeling of humanoid robots or a laboratory for the creation of artificial skin and eyes. The internship program is open to all university students.
“ For us, this is the most important step in the field of robotics education. – comments Oleg Kivokurtsev, Development Director of Promobot. – For the first time in Russia, university students will be able to participate in the creation of real anthropomorphic robots that work around the world – and not just virtual models. Cooperation between science and business is a recognized development model and win-win for both parties. We expect serious results from cooperation – in fact, we are creating a new profession right now. ”
Until the end of 2021, Promobot plans to hold a popular science conference on robotics Promobot Talks within the walls of the university, at which representatives of the academic community, Promobot engineers, and IT entrepreneurs from other countries will simultaneously speak. Previously, the sessions of Promobot Talks were attended by top managers of Universal Robots and Motoriki, scientists from Japan, the USA, and Finland.
The Promobot company was founded in 2015 in Perm. Since the same year, he has been a resident of Skolkovo. Today Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Europe. Promobots work in 40 countries around the world as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides, and concierges, replacing or supplementing “live” employees. Promobot robots can be found at Sberbank, Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, MFC, Baltimore-Washington Airport, Dubai Mall. All of the company’s products are manufactured and developed in Russia.
The Far Eastern Fund for High Technologies (DFHT) was established in August 2018. The volume of the fund is 5 billion rubles, the total volume of investments for May 2021 is more than 1 billion rubles. The Fund financed the Far Eastern high-tech companies Hotlead and Visitech, as well as companies leading localization in the region – the manufacturer of robots Promobot, the developer of portable TV projectors Cinemood, the manufacturer of bionic prostheses Motorika, the developer of supercapacitors Titan Power Solutions and the project of a smart information system. “Digital Primorye”. The Fund’s investors are VEB.DV, Rusnano (VEB.RF Group), and the Russian Venture Company (RVC).