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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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Solar UAV

The long term milestone for this project has two significant and independent components that must be fully integrated into a single aircraft. The first is to achieve continuous flight, which is accomplished when the aircraft is able to sustain flight only through the use of solar power captured through solar cells. The second goal is the ability to transmit images and video as well as receive instructions through the 4G cellular network. These combine to result in an aircraft that is completely untethered to a ground location and is able to gather and relay valuable visual information anywhere in the world through the Internet.




Scott Morton, Luke Scharber and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle for continuous flight: Conceptual overview and optimization" IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2013