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U of M Student Robot Helps Detect Autism Signs

April 24, 2015

Josh Fasching is researching how robots and sensor technology can help in the medical world, particularly detecting behaviors associated with autism. "Head nodding, hand flapping, ear covering, also hand ringing behaviors is another one," Fasching said of the behaviors the robots would be able to detect.
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University Professor uses robots in medicine, agriculture

April 7, 2015

Department of Computer Science and Engineering professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos is developing robot and sensor technology to detect visual cues that could determine if a child has autism or a farmer needs to fertilize a certain area of crops.
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Researchers 'Kinect' data to make faster diagnoses

March 10, 2015

The Xbox Kinect has become a U tool for diagnosing mental disorders in children.
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Watch: Rolling Robot Transforms Into Helicopter

May 19, 2011

Wheeled robots are nothing new. Flying bots are old-hat, too. But this is new: a dumbbell-shaped hybrid bot that can roll on thin, end-mounted wheels, and fly with two sets of counter-rotating chopper blades.
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Transforming the Twin Cities into a robotics hub (w/ video)

Nov 13, 2011

...this robot looks like a dumbbell. A teeny, tiny dumbbell. It weighs less than a pound, rolls on knobby plastic wheels at either end of a headless, armless cylinder and communicates through insect-like antennas.
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The Aquapod Robot

The Aquapod is a small amphibious tumbling robot capable of traversing a combination of terrestrial and aquatic environments using its high terrainability. Various prototypes have been built to respond to specific needs. Some of these prototypes are capable of remote control while others are built to accommodate small external controllable modules that extend the Aquapod"s functionality.




Sandeep Dhull, Dario Canelon, Apostolos Kottas, Justin Dancs and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Aquapod: A Small Amphibious Robot with Sampling Capabilities" IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2012

Andrew Carlson and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Aquapod : Prototype Design of an Amphibious Tumbling Robot" IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2011