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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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The Explorer Robot

The Explorer robot was designed to provide research scientists with an advanced, safe, and easy to use mobile robotic platform. While it may look deceptively similar to its predecessor, the eROSI, it is different in all aspects of design - from the mechanical structure and electrical hardware, to its software processing capabilities.


Further Description

The Explorer robot has a specially designed power management system developed to provide a virtual gas gauge with respect to available power. In addition, there is integrated battery management and charging capabilities. Combined, these compatibilities allow the Explorer to autonomously recharge itself within the Docking Bay.


Length: 140 mm
Width: 60 mm
Height: 45 mm
Sensors: Analog Camera with Transmitter
Wheel Encoders
Dual axis accelerometer
Computation: 400 MHz Verdex Gumstix
Operational Lifetime/Power: 1320 mAh LiPoly Battery
Full Speed: ~180 minutes


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Loren Fiore, Duc Fehr, Robot Bodor, Andrew Drenner, Guruprasad Somasundaram, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Multi-Camera Human Activity Monitoring" Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Vol. 52, 2008.

Apostolos Kottas, Andrew Drenner, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Intelligent Power Management: Promoting Power-Consciousness in Teams of Mobile Robots" Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2009.

Hyeun Jeong Min, Andrew Drenner, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Vision-based Leader-Follower Formations with Limited Information" Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2009.

Loren Fiore, Guruprasad Somasundaram, Andrew Drenner, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Optimal Camera Placement with Adaptation to Dynamic Scenes" Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2008.