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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 Adelopod Robot

The Adelopod is a small two-armed tumbling robot developed by the University of Minnesota Center for Distributed Robotics. Tumbling is achieved through the use of two rigid arms that rotate about its body. Another degree of freedom is achieved by each arm by adjusting the plane in which that arm rotates.

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Tumbling is a largely unexplored method of locomotion where the robot controls its orientation in order to achieve consecutive forward falls through its environment, thus producing net displacement. It is desirable for robotic locomotion for a number of reasons including inherent stability, high mobility, and low hardware complexity.

Publications

Brett Hemes and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Frictional step climbing analysis of tumbling locomotion" IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2012

Brett Hemes, Dario Canelon, Justin Dancs and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Robotic Tumbling Locomotion" IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2011

Brett Hemes and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "A New Modular Schema for the Control of Tumbling Robots" IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2009

Brett Hemes, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, Barry O'Brien "The Adelopod Tumbling Robot" IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2009

Brett Hemes, Duc Fehr, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos "Motion Primitives for a Tumbling Robot" IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2008