Free robotics event

Kayla Bradley, Derry, shakes hands with the robotic arm watched by phs student Emmett Kerr.

Kayla Bradley, Derry, shakes hands with the robotic arm watched by phs student Emmett Kerr.

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Robots, virtual worlds and brain computer interface technology will be on show when a world class research centre at the Ulster University’s Magee campus opens its doors for a ‘Discovery Day’? as part of the NI Science Festival.

Pioneering research at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) is turning once futuristic concepts into practical realities, with benefits in healthcare, education, industry and leisure.

The event running from 4pm to 9pm on Friday 20th Feb 2015 will be open and free to the public so why not join on the day when you can: meet the robots of the future including PR2, humanoid robots and the world’s most advanced robotic hand, see how we expand the boundaries of learning through games and virtual worlds, learn how your brain functions and how we can control technology with our minds and many other exciting and interactive demonstrations.

This event is a free drop in, and is based in the MS building which is just off the Strand Road opposite the Derry City Council offices.

Peter Devine, Head of Business Development at ISRC (Intelligent Systems Research Centre), said one of the reasons for opening the centre up to the public as part of NI Science Festival was that although the ISRC is known all over the world and collaborates with universities in the US, India and China, local people may not be aware of what is right on their doorstep. “We have a world class research centre and we wanted to let local people know about it and be proud. Visitors will visit our robotics laboratory and meet PR2 the most advanced of our fleet of robots who will be showing off his skills with a Rubik’s cube. ISRC staff will be on hand to escort visitor groups around the building, introducing them to the work of the research teams. Through hands-on interaction, talks and demonstrations, visitors were will be able to get a flavour of the research under way at the ISRC and see its practical application in healthcare, games development, brain imaging and assistive robotics.