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UMN listed among the top 20 robotics engineering schools

April 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has been identified as having one of the top robotics engineering schools in the United States for 2016.
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Dr. Nikos Papanikolopoulos Receives George Saridis Leadership Award

February 3, 2016

Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos was honored with the George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Robotics & Automation Society (RAS). The award recognizes outstanding contributions of an individual for his or her exceptional leadership, innovation and dedication that benefit the Robotics and Automation commun
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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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The MegaScout Robot

The MegaScout is a wholly new robot platform developed at the University of Minnesota to work in conjunction with a Scout team. The MegaScout is intended to provide command and control support for a Scout team as well as perform independently. The MegaScouts are still in their early prototyping stages, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.



Length: 37 cm
Diameter: 13 cm (main body)
Weight: 12 kg
Top Speed: Standard wheel 5.3 m/s
Balloon wheel 7.2 m/s
Sensors: Color Tilt Camera
Color USB Camera
Eltec Pyroelectric Sensor
GP2D02 Range Finder
Batteries: 250 Wh Lithium Polymer
Operational Lifetime: Quiescent Mode: approx. 20 hours
Reconnaissance Mode: approx. 5-7.5 hours
Communications: Primary: 802.11b
Optional: 900Mhz FM Video


Bradley Kratochvil, Ian T. Burt, Andrew Drenner, Derek Goerke, Bennett Jackson, Colin McMillen, Christopher Olson, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Adam Pfeifer, Sascha A. Stoeter, Kristen Stubbs, David Waletzko. "Heterogeneous Implementation of an Adaptive Robotic Sensing Team." Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2003.