UT scientists going to XPRIZE semifinals with robotic avatar

Team i-Botics with UT scientists has qualified for the semifinals of ANA Avatar XPRIZE, an international competition ‘to create an avatar system that can transport human presence to a remote location in real time’. As the only Dutch team, they will compete against 37 others in September 2021 in Florida. If successful, they have a chance to win five million dollars.

Team i-Botics includes members from universities, research institutes and companies. Among them are five scientists from the Human Media Interaction and Robotics and Mechatronics groups at the University of Twente: Jan van Erp, Gwenn Englebienne, Camille Sallaberry, Sara Falcone, Douwe Dresscher and Robin Lieftink. Together they are developing an advanced avatar system with which an operator can see, hear, and interact within a remote environment in a manner that feels as if they are truly there.

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