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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

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Arabic-speaking robot Ibn Sina

The Ibn Sina robot could be used as a receptionist, sales staff or shopping assistant in malls, according to Nikolaos Mavridis, the UAE University professor who led the robot's development team.

Credit: Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff in shopping malls. According to a report in The Independent, Ibn Sina, named after the 11th century Islamic philosopher and scientist, was designed by a team at UAE University in the city of Al-Ain, which is part of Abu Dhabi emirate.

"It is the world's first Arabic-speaking conversational humanoid robot," says Nikolaos Mavridis, assistant professor of computer science at the university who led the team. "He enables us to do research and he is also quite an educational tool because the students love to do projects on him."

View a video of Ibn Sina from the Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory.

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