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Irish university to open new robotics lab following Intel donation

by Liam Turner
Bernard Capraro, EU Talent Development programme manager, Intel; James Petri, student, BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Maynooth University; Heather Bruen, student, BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Maynooth University; and Allan Stewart, area manager, Intel. Credit: Maynooth University

Ireland’s Maynooth University has announced the creation of a state-of-the-art robotics lab following a donation from Intel Ireland.

The establishment of the robotics lab at a total cost of €150,000 (c.£128,000) will equip Maynooth University students with access to innovative robotic technologies and equipment used by engineers from Intel and other companies.

The university says this hands-on experience will enable them to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application, empowering them to develop and refine their skills in robotics.

The new lab will support students in the Maynooth University’s current degree programmes in Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Electronic Engineering, and Computer Science. 

The donation from Intel is coupled with an investment from the university itself.

‘Important opportunity’

Dave Selkirk, director of Advanced Analytics MSO Automation at Intel Ireland, said: “We are very proud of our close partnership with Maynooth University, a close neighbour of ours here in North Kildare.

“The development of key infrastructure in the area of robotics will provide an important opportunity for students to gain practical experience in an evolving technology field that has massive potential in Advanced High-Volume Manufacturing.”

Vice-president of External Affairs at Maynooth University Rebecca Doolin said: “We are tremendously grateful to our neighbour and partner Intel for supporting the development of a new robotics lab, which will give Maynooth students hands-on learning opportunities to work with the same robots Intel engineers down the road are using, bringing their classroom learning to life.”

Doolin noted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Maynooth University and Intel in 2019, and its significance in creating a strategic research and innovation partnership.

She said: “Over the years, Maynooth University has developed a strong partnership with Intel that has fostered collaboration in various areas, including student skills and experiences, research, innovation, and community engagement.

“As neighbours in a vibrant and fast-growing region of Ireland, today’s announcement not only deepens the ties between Intel and MU, but also demonstrates the positive impacts on student learning and innovation that such partnerships can yield.”

Prof Gerry Lacey, head of Engineering at Maynooth University, said: “Robotics and AI are creating new industries, making agriculture more sustainable and revolutionising transportation.

“We are excited that Intel’s support will help our students to become leaders in creating this new future.”

Image: (L-R) Bernard Capraro, EU Talent Development programme manager, Intel; James Petri, student, BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Maynooth University; Heather Bruen, student, BSc Robotics and Intelligent Devices, Maynooth University; and Allan Stewart, area manager, Intel. Credit: Maynooth University


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