Hugh (robot)

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Hugh Robot
Hugh Robot.jpg
3D image of Hugh as originally created by William Sachiti, 2016
ManufacturerAcademy of Robotics
Year of creation2016
Typeservice robot
Purposerobot librarian
Hugh prototype

Hugh is an artificial intelligence robot librarian designed and built by William Sachiti and Ariel Ladegaard [1] at Aberystwyth University. Funded by Academy of Robotics in the UK, the robot was first introduced in February 2016.[2] Hugh stands 1.4 metres tall and weighs 60 pounds, its core function is to help users by locating and navigating them to desired books in the library.[3][4][5][6][7]


Hugh runs the linux based Robot Operating System (ROS) with a combination of modules built on top combining voice search through Google APIs, and navigation. The robot uses a mini lidar for location and prebuilt maps of library layouts. API from Ex Libris Group gives the robot a catalogue of up to several million books which it can locate and navigate a user to. The screen doubling up as a touch-screen, allows Hugh to express himself through several facial expressions and display results.[8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Meet Hugh, the robot librarian - Aberystwyth University". Aber. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Robot librarian designed by Aberystwyth University students". Times Higher Education. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ Crump, Eryl (26 February 2016). "Robot librarian at Aberystwyth University to lend a hand to bookworms". Daily Post. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Hugh Owen library to introduce robot librarian". 27 February 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Hugh, le premier robot bibliothécaire, prendra son poste à la rentrée". Archimag. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Library Robot Coming to Welsh University". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Robot librarian to stalk Aberystwyth University". Electronics Weekly. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  8. ^ "How Hugh works". I am Hugh. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Artificial Intelligence and its applications in Libraries (PDF Download Available)". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Meet Hugh the Robot Librarian of the Future". 27 February 2016. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017 – via HIghBeam Research.

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