Marquette University's Humanoid Robots for Healthier Kids

The vision of the Humanoid Engineering & Intelligent Robotics (HEIR) Lab is to have an ethical and affordable humanoid robot in every home.
Leah Steinbruecker
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Changing the world one robot at a time

Under the direction of Dr. Andrew B. Williams the HEIR Lab engineering team at Marquette University is working to design a robot that will be accessible for every household. 

The HEIR Lab's mission is to fight childhood obesity and transform the lives of children with robots. The team is in the process of developing prototypes of personal trainer humanoid robots that can teach proper exercise and inspire children of all backgrounds. Through social innovations, such as this, we can change the world.

The HEIR Lab has qualified to participate in a two versus two Robocup tournament in Brazil in July 2014.  As the only team from America qualified to go, the HEIR Lab is looking for your help to raise funds for three things:

  1. Build a second robot to compete
  2. Registration fees
  3. Travel Expenses

By getting to the Robocup, we will have the technology to build robots that can assist children in everyday tasks with everything from exercising to helping them read.  

Our project leader

Dr. Andrew B. Williams is a tenured Full Professor and the John P. Raynor, S.J., Distinguished Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University. He is also the Director of the Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics Lab. Dr. Williams and his robotics work have been featured media outlets including the 700 Club, CNN, CBS Evening News, and National Public Radio. Dr. Williams invents robotics and mobile intelligent technology to address societal problems such as childhood obesity. Dr. Williams goal as a Champion for Change is to help students develop and market innovations that will lead to everyone having an ethical and affordable humanoid robot in every home to assist children and adults from all backgrounds with life tasks, healthy living, and learning in a culturally relevant and socially intelligent manner.

Learn more:

The Humanoid Robotics Program is part of Marquette's Social Innovation Initiative (SII). As featured on the Marquette Men's Basketball home court, Marquette Changemakers attacking root causes of global social problems with sustainable solutions. Be the change!

Student and Faculty involvement

Humanoid Robot Team

Dr. Andrew B. Williams

Adam Stroud

Nicole Gibson

Elise Russell

Raoul Chinang

John C. Williams

Matthew Morris

Joshua Panka

Darryl Ramgoolam

Social Media Team:

Leah Steinbruecker

Peggy Harrington

Kelsey Shea

Kaleena Weber

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  • $1USD

    We appreciate your help, every little bit helps!

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  • $10USD
    Twitter Shout-Out

    The robot will show her appreciation through a shout-out on her Twitter account. @MarquetteRobot & make sure you tell us your Twitter handle!

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  • $50USD
    Personal Thank You

    Personal thank you from the HEIR Lab engineers.

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  • $100USD
    Robot Selfie

    Come on in, meet the robot and take a selfie to show all of your friends! Or we can photoshop you with the robot if you can't make the trip to the lab!

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  • $350USD
    A mini robot figure

    Using the 3D printers, that made the robot, you can have your own miniature robot figure! Get a Twitter shout-out at this level too!

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  • $500USD
    Robot Shout-Out

    The engineers will program MU-L8 to say a personal hello to you! We'll let you take a selfie with her too!

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  • $750USD
    Copy of Dr. William's Book

    Signed copy of Dr. Andrew B. William's book, “Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives." Williams tells his story of overcoming life’s odds to build robots and impact the lives of six bright and adventurous African American females. Come and take a picture with the robot and your new book too!

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  • $2,000USD
    Training Session

    Get a 30-minute training session with the robot! She will teach you everything you need to know to get into tip- top shape! For those of you, who cannot make it into the HEIR Lab, we offer a video conference as well!

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