A university for the real world

QUT - Robotronica - Demos

Spaxels - New forms of digital displays -
Quadcopters at night

WHENSunday 18 August
TIME11am - 12 noon
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), The Forum (Room 419)

Ars Electronica Futurelab developed and premiered the world's first formation flight of 50 drones at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2012. Since that time the work has been presented extensively in Europe, including in London as part of the launch of the latest Star Trek movie. Come and meet the team behind this extraordinary innovation in 3-D visualization and learn how the team overcame a range of conceptual and technical challenges.

View 'Spaxels, Pixels in Space: A novel mode of spatial display' paper   [pdf 2.3mb]

NAO robot NAO robot


WHENSunday 18 August
TIME11.30am - 12pm, 12.30pm - 1pm, 1.30 - 2pm, 2.30pm - 3pm, 3.30pm - 4pm, 4.30 - 5pm
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), Level 5

Naos, four of the cutest humanoid androids around, will strut their stuff around the Science and Engineering Centre throughout Robotronica. The Nao's secret is his versatility - he can be programmed to do or say just about anything. A humanoid robot designed by Aldebaran Robotics, QUT has been using Naos as a captivating and unique way for students and researchers to apply theory to practice in the real world robot.

Agbot Agbot


WHENSunday 18 August
TIME11.30am - 12pm, 1pm - 1.30pm, 2.30pm - 3pm
WHEREEast Lawn

Could robots become the farm workers of the future? QUT's prototype AgBot is a light-weight, golf buggy-sized robot that has been specifically designed to reduce the environmental and economic impact of farming, including less soil damage, friendlier herbicide application and reducing labour costs. The prototype can already weed and plans are underway to enable it to harvest and maintain crops. AgBot is expected to play a vital role in the day-to-day operation of farms across Australia and is on show throughout Robotronica.

Adept GuiaBot Adept GuiaBot


WHENSunday 18 August
TIME11am - 4.30pm
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), The Cube

Meet the receptionist of the future - an Adept GuiaBot. Weighing at 60 kilograms and standing at around one meter, an Adept GuiaBot is an autonomous ground robot equipped with a laser range finder, high definition camera, RGBD camera and touch screen. With the ability to navigate independently indoors, don't miss your chance to meet what may be your next robotic receptionist, night security officer, home-helper or tour guide.



WHENSunday 18 August
TIME12.30pm - 1.00pm
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), The Forum (Room 419)

The Paro, an animal robot designed to treat dementia patients, was certified as a medical device by the United States Federal Drug Administration in 2009. Found to improve the physical and psychological health of patients and their carers, the Paro has been used in Japan and throughout Europe since 2003. Equipped with five sensors, the Paro can learn to behave and respond through its user's actions. Professor Wendy Moyle (Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Griffith University) and Dr Cindy Jones (Research Fellow, Griffith University) will demonstrate this life-like innovation in robotic healthcare.

weaver weaver

Up close with the Weaver

WHENSunday 18 August
TIME3pm - 4pm
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), The Forum (Room 419)

Weaver is a social robot designed to engage kids in computer science, technologies and robotics. With an array of sensors and a user-friendly interface any kid can engage Weaver to complete a string of challenging, entertaining activities that foster logical thinking. Weaver's vision is to create a community where children weave their very own ideas by understanding and applying engineering principles. Fernando Vega and Bozena Pieniazek from the University of Sydney will demonstrate this innovative learning tool in this interactive demonstration.


WHENSunday 18 August
TIME4pm - 5pm
WHEREScience and Engineering Centre (P Block), Room 502

Students from three Brisbane schools will present a range of exciting robotics projects they have been working on at school including a robotic hand, a toy dragon and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. See what the next generation of innovators in the field of robotics have in store.


Anglican Church Grammar
Indooroopilly State High
Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

Anglican Church Grammar


The students will be demonstrating the manner by which Ants follow a hidden trail using robots as a pilot of Bio Mimicry. It draws heavily on prior scientific knowledge being applied to the new field of Robotics.

The students will demonstrate their pilot study and explain the links between their scientific knowledge and how it directs their understanding and application of Robotics.

Students: Toby Hurwood, JJack Lillig and Angus Stanley

Teacher: Max Condon

Indooroopilly State High

The NVPD - group 1

A remote-controlled mobile virtual presence robot with camera attached. It can provide the user live data of audio, video and sensor readings.
Student: Joshua Varughese (Yr 8)

Robotic hand - group 2

A remote-controlled robot hand that has individual finger movement. It can be used to show various hand gestures.
Students: James Stuart (Yr 10) and Johann De Moraes Pedroso Kubo (Yr 10)

Dragon - group 3

A toy dragon that has moveable legs, tail, wings and head.
Students:Difeng Ng, Nikolas Heathdale and Hawon Choi (Yr 10)

Teacher: David Lau

Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - group 1

This group of students is attempting to build an autonomous airplane to search for lost hikers and deliver emergency supplies and plans to compete in the UAV Outback Challenge.

PID Line following Robot - group 2

This group is working on developing a Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) algorithm for their LEGO line-following Robot. They plan to use what they learn to apply similar methods on an Arduino Robotics Platform.

Students: Anna Truffet, Ayden Chalmers, Adam Dimeski, Alexis Arriagada-Malone, Ben Cannard, Tristen Collyer, Kendrick Tan, Akshay Deshpande, James Kizmann, Hans Song, Harley Nguyen and Angie Yao

Teacher: David Kann