VIP Snapshot

Social robots are cognitive machines with human-like abilities in sensing, interaction and problem-solving. Join this project and discover how to apply the power of AI to exciting new applications for significant social benefit and impact.

VIP ChallENG research goals

We will develop various social robot systems with multi-modal AI technologies such as knowledge representation and reasoning, machine/deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing.

ChallENG Area

Vertically Integrated Projects

Research, Design and Technical Areas
  • Artificial Intelligence - Investigation of state-of-the-art AI methodologies
  • Comparative study of different methodologies
  • Computer Vision 
  • Control Systems
  • Data collection and annotation
  • Development and experimental evaluation
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning 
  • Machine/Deep Learning 
  • Mechatronics
  • Natural Language Processing 
  • Quantitative and qualitative result analysis
  • Robot programming
  • Social Robotics

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Good Health and Well-being: SDG3
  • Quality Education: SDG4

Explore the Social AI sub-teams

Below are the various aspects of the AI 4 Everyone robotics team you can explore.

  • The RoboCup Rescue competition is an international robotics contest focused on developing robots capable of performing search and rescue operations in simulated disaster environments. In this project, we aim to equip our Unitree Go2 robot with advanced autonomous AI capabilities, such as environment exploration and victim identification. This requires the development of sophisticated mapping, navigation and computer vision algorithms within the robot operating system. Building on the efforts of previous teams, our goal is to create a highly competitive entry for the annual Rescue competition. Join us to enhance your skills in AI, robotics, and real-world problem-solving while contributing to a project with meaningful impact. 

  • RoboCup@Home is an international competition aimed at developing robots for the home. The are intended to assist the in day-to-day tasks at home such as receiving guests, serving meals, clearing tables and putting plates, etc, in a dishwasher, carrying shopping from the car, etc. The robot is required to interact with users in a natural way, using spoke language, recognising gesture and facial expressions. Currently, we use a Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR), which is the robot for the standard platform league, that is, all the teams use the same robot but compete on the quality of their software. The platform may change in the future a there is a possibility of developing our own. This project builds on five years of prior work by the team, but still requires research and development in almost aspects of AI and intelligent robotics.

  • Join a team of students working to build autonomous underwater robots and enter them in international competitions.

    Building autonomous robots requires a wide range of skills: design, simulation, machine learning, computer vision, control, mechatronics and electronics. Doing these reliably underwater makes everything even more challenging! Our team will build a robot capable of operating without human intervention that can undertake a range of tasks such as autonomous manipulation in challenging marine environments.

    We need your help to build this autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and compete against other teams on the international stage.


✔ 6 UoC per course 


Professional Development

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Design
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Innovation and excellence
  • Diversity
  • Respect
  • Resilience

Industry Partners

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering  
  • Mathematics / Statistics 
  • Art & Design
  • AI Skills
  • Design & fabrication for example:
    • 3D Printers
    • Laser cutters
    • CNC's
  • Programming any of the following:
    • Python
    • C/C++
    • Prolog 

Team Academic Leads

Dr. Yang Song

School of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof. Maurice Pagnucco

Deputy Dean Education
School of Computer Science and Engineering

Prof. Claude Sammut

School of Computer Science & Engineering

Prof. Mari Velonaki

Director, Creative Robotics Lab & Director, National Facility for Human Robot Interaction Research
Faculty of Art & Design

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