Tomsk Polytechnic University Students Will Be the First in Russia to Study Robotic Systems on Promobot Robots

15 April 2021

The educational system was developed by the company Promobot: the project by the Far East High Technology Fund (organized with participation of RUSNANO and the VEB.RF Group) is especially for Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).

Promobot Robots

Students at Tomsk National Research Polytechnic University will begin to study service robot systems using Russian-produced Promobot robots. The educational system is comprised of a model Promobot V.4 robot along with ten Promobot Robox sets. This is the first time this kind of system has been delivered in Russia: the equipment configuration was developed for the Department of Robotics and Automation at TPU.

“Promobot is a good example of a Russian-produced robotics product that has been successfully put into service in various countries around the world. The new robot, and the sets of components for it, will be used during the educational process for students at all levels, depending upon the objective. Future mechatronics engineers, automation specialists, and metrologists will work with them. They will study in practice how robotic systems are programmed, sensors, the aspects of using robots in closed rooms, and how robots interact with people, as well as the general concepts and principles related to managing technical systems,” states Andrey Yakovlev, the acting rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University.

The Promobot V.4 robot is a service robot that performs work in places where large crowds gather. The robot can work as a consultant, receptionist, guide, or airport employee. Using the Promobot, TPU students will study programming, electronics, and mechatronics. The Robox set consists of an interface board, distance sensor, servomechanism, and software. What sets this apart from other educational products is that the Russian-produced Promobot Robox consists of “real robot” components used in 40 countries throughout the world, and not toy or virtual models.

“This could seem obvious, but it is important to study robotics using ‘real’ robots. We provide students with a unique case study: this is a Russian robot, exact copies of which are currently working all over the world, from the USA to Australia. Any successful solution can make its way from the university laboratory directly to our developers, and then appear in a robot, for example, at an American airport,” comments Oleg Kivokurtsev, Development Director at Promobot.

Students at the TPU Engineering School of Information Technology and Robotics will learn how to create and program robots that will help people perform various tasks: from processing requests at banks to delivering freight shipments. To do this, students will become acquainted with robot control and facial recognition technologies, scenarios for communication between people and robots, and tools for human-machine interaction as illustrated using the latest Promobot model. The program calls for 6 laboratory works.

The company Promobot was founded in 2015 in Perm. The company became a Skolkovo resident that same year. Today, Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Europe.

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The Far East High Technology Fund (FEHTF) was created in August 2018 on instructions from Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Yuriy Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District. The assets of the Fund amount to RUB 5 bln and as of April 2021 it had invested a total of RUB 1 bln. The Fund has financed Hotlead and Visitech, high-tech companies in the Far East, as well as companies involved in the localization of manufacturing in the region, including Promobot, a manufacturer of robots, Cinemood, a developer of portable television projectors, Motorika, a producer of bionic prosthetics, Titan Power Solutions, a developer of supercondensers, and Digital Primorye, a project to introduce “smart” information systems. The Fund’s investors are VEB.DV, RUSNANO (a member of the VEB.RF Group) and the Russian Venture Company (RVC).

For more information, please visit vostokventures.ru

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Promobot was established in 2015 in Perm. The company became a Skolkovo resident in the same year.

Today, Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Europe. Promobots work in 40 countries as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides and concierges, replacing or complementing ‘live’ employees. Promobots can be found in Sberbank, the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, My Documents state services centers, Baltimore/Washington International Airport, and the Dubai Mall. All of the company’s products are manufactured and developed in Russia. The Far East High Technology Fund, established by RUSNANO, the Far East and Arctic Development Fund and RBC, has invested RUB 200 mln in Promobot.

For more information about the company, please visit promo-bot.ru

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The RUSNANO Group includes the RUSNANO Joint Stock Company, the RUSNANO Management Company and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.

Currently, the Russian Government is reconfiguring the system of development institutions, which provides for the integration of RUSNANO into the management scope of VEB.RF. Based on VEB, a centralized investment unit is being created to implement projects that contribute to national development goals. The VEB Group’s priority is to consolidate public and private investment resources for the country’s breakthrough development, improve quality, and create comfortable conditions for people’s lives.