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National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics – Intelligent robots for improving the quality of life (73)
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics is a Swiss nationwide organisation funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation pulling together top researchers from all over the country with the objective of developing new, human oriented robotic technology for improving our quality of life. NCCR Robotics promotes three main strands of research: • Wearable robots: We work with neurologists and physicians to truly understand the human body and nervous system so that robots are attuned to the needs of the wearer. This includes enabling prosthetic limbs to process impulses from the brain and developing soft technologies to make wearable and rehabilitation robots more practical and natural. • Rescue robots: We develop new types of flying, walking, and swimming robots that are portable and safe for humans, and could be used for disaster areas or in normal life for exploration and transportation. Our robots are unique because they have been engineered to perform multiple types of locomotion, such as walking and either flying, grasping or swimming. • Education: We are designing new foldable and reconfigurable robots fitted with sensors and actuators to provide an effective and affordable tool for teaching in schools and universities. Aside from our research aims, we are also active in the fields of education and training (kids, undergraduates and postgraduates), knowledge and technology transfer (industrial liaison), advancement of women and communication. The Centre was opened on 1st December 2010, and binds together experts from four world-class research institutions; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (leading house), Eidgenössige Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich) (co-leading house), Universität Zurich (UZH), Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA) Lugano for a period of up to 12 years.
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