Iran unveils humanoid robot with remarkable abilities

November 17, 2015

TEHRAN - Iranian humanoid robot Surena-III was unveiled on Monday during a ceremony attended by Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.

Surena-III has a height of 190 cm and a weight of 98 kg, according to Mehr.

Surena-III walks 3km/h faster than the previous model. It also has the ability to walk on uneven or sloping surfaces, as well as climb up and down stairs. It can also drift and turn around within a desired radius.

The Iranian humanoid robot is also capable of interacting with its surroundings through visual and auditory senses. It can also speak based on predefined text, and enjoys the ability to distinguish humans from objects.

Surena-III can also detect faces in motions and recognize body positions. It can hear and speak 200 words/sentences in Persian.

The national project of humanoid robot Surena-III has been conducted by Center for Advanced Systems and Technology (CAST) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of University of Tehran. In addition to professors and students of the University of Tehran, a number of scientists from other universities and companies active in the field of robotics have also participated in the project.

According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Iran is one of five countries in the world with the technology to make humanoid robots.

“There are two plans regarding Surena-III. One is to continue the project into higher versions, that is, to make the to-be Surena-IV, regarding which a contract is to be signed and the project will start in the coming months. The other plan is to use the overflow of the technology for commercial purposes, regarding which we have a number of plans and are engaged in a series of talks,” Aqil Yousefi Koma, director of the project of making Iran’s recently unveiled robot Surena-III, has said.

He said while the robot itself can be used in rescue operations, hospitals, space, and car industry, parts of it can be used for purposes including artificial limbs, according to Trend.

They can also be used as educational kits in universities and other centers, he added.

However, Koma said that Surena-III has been made with a fund of 20 billion rials (about $670,000) through four-year efforts of a team of 70 experts.