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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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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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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.

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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