Youibot unveils joint lab, joins firms in tapping tech applications in Xinjiang

Resource-rich Xinjiang has been a magnet for Chinese tech and industrial firms, serving as a massive testing ground to try out their innovations, from autonomous mining machinery to public safety surveillance system.

Youibot (优艾智合), a domestic mobile robot startup, recently partnered with Xinjiang University in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region to establish a joint innovation lab to advance research and application.

Zhang Chaohui, chairman and general manager of Youibot, and Jiang Hong, party chief of School of Mechanical Engineering at Xinjiang University, unveiled the plaque for the lab on November 24, in Changji, a city in Xinjiang.

The purpose of the lab is to convert academic research into tangible results, nurture tech talent and bolster applications, as part of an effort to spur ecological, smart and sustainable growth in the far-flung corners of the country.

Resource-rich Xinjiang has been a magnet for Chinese tech and industrial firms, serving as a massive testing ground to try out their innovations, from autonomous mining machinery to public safety surveillance system.

Youibot is one of these players, with a firm toehold in mobile robotics for industrial scenarios.

Its robots have been deployed to a massive open coal mine somewhere in Xinjiang to help automate the day-to-day inspection process.

Gliding on pre-laid outdoor rails, the robots realize smart inspection of the long-haul conveyor belt system, freeing manpower from this dreary daily routine.

Photo courtesy of Youibot

Besides, robots developed by Youibot also are applied in electrical substations and high voltage switch rooms in the region, aiding the digital and green transformation of its power sector, according to past media reports.

“The research scope of School of Mechanical Engineering at Xinjiang University highly overlaps with the application cases of Youibot,” said Zhang, the chairman.

He added the joint innovation lab set up this time will explore the frontiers of talent nurturing and tech application in Xinjiang, with a goal to underpin the country’s overall blueprint on intelligent manufacturing.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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