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U of M licenses technology to monitor crop nitrogen to ag-tech firm Sentera

Feb. 27, 2018

Sentera, a Minneapolis-based supplier of technology solutions to the agriculture industry, has signed an agreement to bring University of Minnesota-developed corn nitrogen deficiency technology to the market...
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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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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.




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