Technology is shaping the way Africans live and learn. Mobile devices contribute to better healthcare. Infrastructure fuels business innovation. Web platforms connect those at home with family abroad. Add robotics to the list of innovative concepts shaping the continent. Not only can robotics solve problems impossible to achieve with the human body, but the resulting automation drastically increases economic capabilities.
The following is a press release from the African Robotics Network, a group devoted to bringing robotics to the continent (especially at the institutional level).
The African Robotics Network (AFRON) is a community of institutions, organizations and individuals engaged in robotics in Africa. AFRON seeks to promote communication and collaborations that will enhance robotics-related education, research, and industry on the continent. To achieve this, AFRON organizes projects, meetings and events in Africa and at Robotics and Automation conferences abroad.
Established in April 2012, AFRON hosts a website, Facebook page, and moderated email list. There are no subscription fees or dues. To join, please visit the website above and click “Membership”.
For the purposes of AFRON, “Robotics” is broadly defined to include related areas such as automation, computer vision, signal processing, machine learning, and other related topics.
Inaugural Project “AFRON USD 10 Robot Design Challenge”: This is a competition to develop an extremely low-cost programmable robot for education. More information will be announced in June!
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