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Aalborg U.

Aalborg U.
  • Denmark
  • University
  • Robotics Developer


  • Aalborg University

    Aalborg University (AAU) was first established in 1974 under the name Aalborg University Center (AUC) due to a series of merges between several institutions that paved the way for the creation of a single university with several educators.

    This Danish university, situated in Aalborg, Denmark, changed its name to what it is today in 1994. It has three campuses located in Aalborg, Esbjerg, and Copenhagen. Having faculties in humanities, social sciences, and one in Technical-Natural Science, the university expanded and opened the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Although AAU is relatively young, it has education rooted back to 1768; the Master of Science program in Surveying and Mapping, which until now was offered only at their Copenhagen campus. Its notable departments include the Business School Department established in 1920, the National Building Research Institute founded in 1947, the Esbjerg Engineering College founded in 1963, and the National Engineering Academy and Copenhagen Business School which were both established in 1969.

    In the later years, the university’s expansion continued with the creation of a department in Esbjerg in 1995 by merging with Esbjerg Engineering College. A year later its School of Architecture & Design was established, and a decade later, its School of Medicine was founded. It was also in this year that Professor Jakob Stoustrup was granted by the Dannin foundation to develop and implement a “limping” robot to narrow the gap between the fields of health technology and the world of robotics.

    In the autumn of that year, the AAUBOT was established. A year later, the next group from the Electronic Systems department took over from the Mechanics department and assembled the robot.

    Recently, the university announced that the first Geminoid lab outside Japan will be established. It will house humanoid robots and developers will try to investigate certain aspects of human-robot relationships, leading the way for the creation of the world’s first research-based walking robot, the AAU-BOT1.

    Today, this Danish university is the fifth largest in the country in terms of its number of applicants.

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