Reproduction of robot movements by AI

We visited the Polytech engineering school in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille (France).
This engineering school of over 250 students is one of the 15 schools in France’s leading network. This campus offers 9 different engineering specialties, both as students and apprentices, with competitive entrance exams after the baccalaureate or at Bac +2 and 3 levels. This school only offers Master’s-level degrees

Niryo robot to meet a wide range of apprenticeship needs

Othman Lakhal, Senior Lecturer at Polytech Lille and Teacher in the Embedded Systems (ES) Engineering Master’s program, told us that using Niryo robotic arms gives first-year students access to hands-on learning.

“A robotics engineer needs to develop an in-depth understanding, from the system’s mechanical architecture, to kinematic modeling, to programming, to robot control, to be able to meet a multitude of needs, such as computer vision-based pick and place, 3D printing, brachytherapy, inspection, and many other applications. At Polytech, we have several industrial robots at our disposal. However, due to safety considerations, access to the low-level control of these robots is generally not allowed for students.”


For Polytech Lille, this type of robot has a number of objectives:

“Our aim is to enable students to carry out small-scale studies, then apply this knowledge to larger systems with more advanced technologies.

That’s why we were looking for a more compact solution for transport, at lower cost and suitable for versatile use in various events such as practical work, projects and demonstrations. This solution should also promote man/machine collaboration in terms of safety, and be accessible to all programming levels, from Bac+3 to Bac+5, using programming languages such as C++, Python, Matlab, etc.”

Control robot movements remotely by following the movements of a human arm

“The Niryo robot is extremely practical in terms of transportation, making it ideal for a variety of uses. We mainly use it for practical work on control and modeling in Matlab.”

“We also use the Niryo robot in projects. For example, we have used it to remotely control its movements by following the gestures of a human arm, to catch a moving object using computer vision, or to develop a small-scale mobile manipulator robot. This versatility makes it an invaluable tool for learning and research in the field of robotics.”

A robot that adds value to students' learning cycle

Othman Lakhal tells us that Niryo 6-axis robotic arm enables his curriculum to improve and his students to benefit from a state-of-the-art robot:

“Niryo brings significant value to the robotics TP/projects we want to develop, improve and align with Industry 4.0 trends. One of its major advantages is its ease of use, as well as its compatibility with several programming languages such as Python, C++, ROS, Matlab, and many others. This versatility enables us to respond flexibly to the specific needs of our projects, and guarantees seamless integration into our educational programs.”

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