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TUT Biorobotics Centre’s Underwater Sea Turtle To Be Presented at London’s Robot Safari Exhibition

09.12.2013

Last week, everyone who was interested could familiarise themselves with an underwater sea turtle that was created by the scientists of the Tallinn University of Technology’s (TUT) Centre for Biorobotics and presented at the Robot Safari exhibition taking place at the London Science Museum. The robot was displayed there from 27 November to 1 December for the first time among other diving, flying, and crawling robots.

According to Maarja Kruusmaa, who heads the TUT Centre for Biorobotics, presenting the results of research and development projects to the broader public is an important part of the work of scientists and researchers. “It helps people understand how and why research results are used and how everyone can benefit from it,” explained Kruusmaa. “Since a large part of those visiting the London Science Museum are schoolchildren, interacting with them helps to create and maintain their interest in science and engineering,” she added.

The exhibition’s curator Nicola Burghall remarked that many of Europe’s most innovative biomimetic robotics solutions are displayed at Robot Safari. By learning about the activities of the robots displayed at the exhibition, visitors can better understand wildlife and how nature affects the research and development activities of contemporary roboticists. Visitors are also taught how robots can easily be programmed and built.

According to the Embassy of Estonia to London’s cultural counsellor Kristel Oitmaa, this year’s exhibit is the second time that the robotics exhibition has taken place at the London Science Museum. “The exhibition is exciting and both younger and older science enthusiasts should definitely visit it,” said Oitmaa.
The sea turtle presented by the TUT Centre for Biorobotics is part of the pan-European research project ARROWS, which develops technologies for underwater archaeologists. The sea turtle created by Estonian researchers is meant for diving into dangerous depths. The turtle is able to operate independently and examine shipwrecks by spending long hours underwater.

The London Science Museum is one of the most well-known museums in London. Its exposition encompasses scientific accomplishments from around the world. More than three million people visit the museum every year.

Photos of the underwater sea turtle: http://www.flickr.com/photos/109554908@N08/. The photos were taken by Mihkel Läänelaid.

More info: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/RobotSafari.

  
Kristel Oitmaa
Cultural Counsellor
Estonian Embassy in London
Kristel.Oitmaa@mfa.ee

 

Helen Rits
Press Officer
Estonian Embassy in London
Helen.Rits@mfa.ee

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