Aldebaran Robotics, a France-based company dealing with humanoid robotics, has officially announced an “Educational Partnership Program,” at a press meeting held with the Japanese press reporters.
This program is aimed at encouraging the academic associates of Aldebaran to initiate ambitious educative projects in creating robots and also in teaching science and technology to their students by using an interactive NAO humanoid. It also supports schools and Universities to include robots as teaching tools.
University of Tokyo has participated in this program and Professor Yoshiko Nakamura at the Department of Mechano-Informatics will employ 30 NAO robots for teaching computer science lessons which will be instigated in the 2010 winter semester. Professor Nakamura has stated that NAO robot features an open software platform with several I/O external connections and in the seminar titled “About Beauty of Posture and Motion Programmed in Humanoid Robots”, Professor Satoru and his students from Tokyo University of the Arts will demonstrate the NAO robot.
Bruno Maisonnier, the Founder and CEO of the Aldebaran Robotics, has mentioned that Professor Nakamura’s initiative depicts the future prospects of their “Educational Partnership Program”. He commented that this program will be helpful in encouraging all Japanese partners of their company.