Research Topics: The HIT Lab NZ offers a large range of facilities and expertise for your research. You can either propose your own line of research or join a project in our research themes.
Length: Internships usually last between three and six months.
Funding: Both the HIT Lab NZ and the University of Canterbury offer scholarships.
Edouard Cure, human-robot interaction (HRI)
University of Angers, France
This winter, Edouard Cure is completing an internship at the HIT Lab NZ. A student of robotics and computer science, Edouard is creating a program that keeps a robot balanced atop a bowling ball. Edouard built the robot using LEGO Mindstorm, and uses a computer chip that can automatically stabilise the robot on the bowling ball as it moves.
He and his fellow intern, Clément Leparoux, both attend the University of Angers in France. Their university partners with engineering and technology labs like the HIT Lab to offer internships to undergraduates. According to Edouard, he most enjoys the positive atmosphere of the lab. “There is no stress,” he says.
In the future, Edouard would like to join a team of engineers to develop and build computer technology like his robot. For now, he says, he is working on improving his English, with hopes of one day working in the U.S. Edouard’s favorite movie is Iron Man, because he is intrigued with the concept of intelligent armor. It should come as no surprise that the bowling ball for his project is printed with Marvel characters.
In New Zealand, he enjoys traveling, and to future interns he recommends tramping in Abel Tasman National Park or visiting Fiordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Both parks are within a day’s drive from Christchurch.