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.