I'm Florian Jouy, student at “École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques“ in Besançon (France).
I did my internship during the second semester of the academic year 2018-2019 in Antwerp. It took place in the University of Antwerp’s robotics laboratory and was linked to the ASLAN project. ASLAN means “Antwerp Sign Language Actuating Node”. The project aims to build a new prototype of humanoid robot which would be able to support sign language interpreters in order to try to reduce the gap between hearing and hearing-impaired community. For this purpose, the ASLAN robot should be able to perform sign language related tasks. For example, translating written words into signs or act as an interpreter. These features can make the robot available for real life applications (e.g. schools, information in a train station, …).
My detailed work package was split into the different parts of the robot (wrist, arm, torso, head). I worked in collaboration with three master students (Abdelmajid Ben Yahya, Tim Gerits, Tim Van Cleempoel) that were developing a new version of ASLAN for their master thesis. My university promotor, prof. Erwin Smet and the external promotors, Drs. Ir. Guy Fierens, Drs. Ir. Stijn Huys and Ing. Matthias Goossens, were also part of the team. The project was sponsored by NKO Sint-Augustinus Antwerpen, European institute for ORL and Vosschemie Benelux. I supported the development of the robot on various aspects including (re)designing, integrating and enhancing some parts. My job also consisted in managing 3D-printing of the robot, upgrading and developing electronics of the arm, analyzing some mechatronics problems in order to find solutions and implement programming features controlling the robot.