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$10M in private support will fund new robotics labs

June 21, 2017

Work will begin this winter on renovating the first two floors of Shepherd Laboratories building for robotics research, thanks to $10M in private support.
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Lab Featured in RCJudge

May 11, 2017

Dr. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, is the director of the Center for Distributed Robotics in Minnesota. He along with several others work on specialized robots which can adapt to their surroundings...
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SUAV:Q featured in New Scientist

February 24, 2017

A shape-shifting drone takes off like a helicopter and transforms into a plane in mid-air to fly all day on solar power. The drone is designed to provide affordable aerial surveys for farmers, so they can see where to irrigate and use fertiliser and herbicide only where needed.
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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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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.

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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