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Interactive Robots and Media Lab

The Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory (IRML) is a research laboratory founded in September 2007, originally at the United Arab Emirates University, and then moved on to New York University. It is currently expanding in other locations, such as IRML Greece in Athens. The founder and director of the lab is Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, who had been awarded his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory. The main projects underway in the lab (as of December 2009) were two: the Ibn Sina Robot, which was the worlds first android that was able to converse in the Arabic language, as well as the Microsoft-funded FaceBots project, which aims towards building robots that can sustain long-term relationships with humans through dialogues referencing shared memories and shared friends. Several other projects were also started like human-robot interaction, machine perception and cognitive systems. The summer-school was research-centered for the dyration of 1month, with a strong focus on mini-projects, with multiple teams of 3-5 students including a mix of academic levels (Postdoc, PhD, undergrad). The university also prepared and won the World Robot Olympiad in the year 2011.