Strengthening Robotics Research and Capacity Building

The Africa-ai-Japan Project organized a robotic training program on May 17, 2023, at the iPIC Centre. The primary objective of the program was to enhance and strengthen the capacity of researchers, students, and staff at JKUAT in the field of robotics, with a specific focus on robotic kinematics.

The training program engaged participants from various engineering disciplines at JKUAT, including staff, students, and researchers. Its purpose was to intensify and refine their skills and knowledge in robotics research, learning, and innovation.

One prominent robotic device utilized during the training was the Kuka Robotic Arm, which closely resembles the structure of a human hand. This versatile robot arm finds applications in diverse areas such as precision assembly, welding, cutting, and pasting.

The Kuka Arm plays a significant role in the aerospace industry, particularly in the construction of aircraft structural elements. It is also instrumental in automating the assembly and joining processes of vehicle body structures for car manufacturers.

Additionally, the Kuka Arm finds extensive use in welding technology, particularly in the production of white goods. Furthermore, it contributes to the manufacturing of rail vehicles and photovoltaic modules, among other applications.

By organizing the related training program, Africa-ai-Japan aims to enhance, develop, and contribute to future robotics research in Kenya.

Considering the growing prominence of the digital economy and the opportunities it offers, this initiative will play a crucial role in augmenting capacity, fostering scientific innovation, and facilitating technology transfer at JKUAT.

Participants keenly listening during the Kuka Robotic Arm online training

(Posted by Esther Ndiwa)