Anytime, anywhere worldwide: studying with the Robot Learning Lab

Learn to program robotic software practically – anytime, anywhere. This is now possible at the renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The KUKA Udacity Robot Learning Lab is demonstrating there what education of the future looks like.

With the Robot Learning Lab, the online university Udacity, KIT and KUKA launched a unique learning, training and research facility at the end of March. Participants of the robotic courses have online access to the sensitive KUKA LBR iiwa lightweight robots on the premises of the KIT in Karlsruhe.

Practice-oriented training on site and online

The participants can control them via a web interface to test the programs and algorithms they have developed in the course. A live stream enables them to see in real time how the LBR iiwa robots implement their commands. “The lightweight robots have sensors in their joints that can detect the forces acting on them and thus also collisions. For this reason the LBR iiwa is suitable for sensitive assembly applications, even together with humans in confined spaces,” says Dr. Rainer Bischoff, Head of KUKA Corporate Research.

With these properties, the KUKA robots are optimally suited to practice-oriented training on site and online. “We are delighted by the Learning Lab at KIT and the cooperative partnership with Udacity,” says Dr. Bischoff. “Together, we are taking robotics research, the practical application of online training and worldwide cooperation in robotic automation to a new level.”

 Exciting and smart solution approaches

Alongside basic training, concrete research is also carried out in the Robot Learning Lab. One challenge: to train the robot to such an extent that it is able to process tasks independently, without having been programmed to do so. This is a complex task that is becoming ever more important, and not just in an industrial context.

“Given the large number of talented and motivated people who will use the lab, it is the obvious thing to use it to work on complex scientific and technical issues,” says Prof. Torsten Kröger, Head of the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics at KIT. “I am looking forward to a wide range of exciting and smart solution approaches.”

Get an insight into the new Robot Lab here.


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