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Surena III Excites AUTOMATICA 2016

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Surena III, a humanoid robot, spread excitement at Munich’s AUTOMATICA 2016, an event for automation and robots.

The robot grabbed the attention of automation and tech companies at the event, Mehr News Agency reported.

Aqil Yousefi Koma, director of Surena III project, said the robot has turned the tide for Iran, as it provides an opportunity for Iranians to connect with some of the most prominent global technological firms and German universities.

He added that negotiations are underway so that “Surena III could be marketed at the industrial level, internationally”.

According to the official, the Technical University of Munich also known as The Entrepreneurial University was the first international center to show interest in further negotiating scientific cooperation by conducting student-exchange programs and setting up joint scientific workshops.

AUTOMATICA is the leading trade fair for industrial automation and mechatronics. It is a four-day show that provides a comprehensive look at the latest developments in automation.

The event covers everything from sensor technology and drive technology to supply technology and positioning systems. As a trade fair for automation, it also features a separate exhibition sector for the booming service of the robotics industry.

Aside from the Center of Advanced Systems and Technologies, affiliated to the University of Tehran that presented Surena III, IKAP Robotics  or Ideh Kavan, an Iranian firm specialized in research and development for robotics and automation, also attended this year’s event in Munich.

IKAP is affiliated with Iran’s Pardis Technology Park.

  About Surena III

Surena III was developed by researchers at the University of Tehran and was first unveiled during a ceremony attended by Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.

The third generation of Iranian humanoid is 190 cm tall and weighs 98 kg. It enjoys remarkable improvements over its previous model.

Surena III has 31 degrees of freedom, nine degrees more than Surena II, while each of its leg has six degrees of freedom.

Surena III walks 3 km/h faster than the previous model. It also has the ability to walk on uneven surfaces, in addition to going up and down stairs. It can also turn around within a desired radius.

The Iranian robot is capable of interacting with its surroundings through visual and auditory senses. It can hear and speak some 200 words and sentences in the Persian language based on a predefined text.

Surena III can also recognize objects, detecting faces in motion and body positions, apart from operating under remote control.

The national project of humanoid robot has been conducted by the Center for Advanced Systems and Technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Tehran.

In addition to the university’s professors and students, a number of elites from other universities and companies active in the field of robotics also contributed to the project.

According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Iran is one of the five countries with the technology to make humanoid robots. Iran unveiled Surena I and Surena II in 2008 and 2010, respectively.