Photographer:Fotograaf: Loraine Bodewes
Those who always wanted to build a robot, can now do so at the Department of Knowledge Engineering (DKE). That is to say, a digital robot. In front of the windows of the building on the Bouillonstraat 8-10 there are huge plasma screens that show the so-called robot factory.
Passers-by who stop outside the building can use their smartphones or tablets to access the web site www.robotfactory.nl, to create a robot and give it a name. They then see on the screens how that robot is assembled. A picture of their robot will be sent to them by e-mail.
“It is a fun way to create awareness of the study programme,” says Claudine Jeurissen, PR officer for DKE. “Every component of the robot is accompanied by information about a topic. The topics can be combined in any way you like.” The robot can also be assembled from your PC. “But the best thing is, of course, when you are standing in front of it. It doesn’t work in Internet Explorer yet, but it does in Firefox and Google Chrome.”
The robot factory, which was created within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the Knowledge Engineering programme, will be available until the end of March 2013.