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Lab Director Awarded McKnight Professorship

August 22, 2016

Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos has been awarded the prestigious McKnight Presidential Professorship by University President Eric Kaler. The professorship is among the highest honors for faculty at the University.
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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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The Microvision Robot

Taking the Explorer as inspiration for its base design the Microvision comes equipped with a laser scanner, an improved camera, RGB-D sensor, and a more powerful processing unit. The increase in computing power explains the size differences, as the Microvision robot is equipped with a PICO-ITX miniboard that can process data far faster than the Explorer"s Gumstix



Further Description

Computer vision algorithms can be performed on-board this robot in real-time. Robotic applications are readily developed using the Robot Operating System and commercially available hardware making the Microvision a robust research platform.


Length: 290 mm
Width: 240 mm
Height: 210 mm
Sensors: Digital Camera
Wheel Encoders
Hokuyo URG-04LX
Asus Xtion PRO LIVE

PICO-ITX miniboard
Intel Atom N2800 dual core processor
2 GB of RAM


William J. Beksi and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Point Cloud Culling for Robot Vision Tasks Under Communication Constraints" Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014.

Duc Fehr, William J. Beksi, Dimitris Zermas and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Occlusion Alleviation through Motion Using a Mobile Robot" Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014.

Pratap Tokekar, Vineet Bhatawadekar, Duc Fehr, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Experiments in Object Reconstruction Using a Robot-mounted Laser Range-finder" 17th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED'09.

Duc Fehr and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Using a Laser Range Finder Mounted on a MicroVision Robot to Estimate Environmental Parameters" SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2009.