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Robots on the rise: ASU researchers at the forefront

October 05, 2011

Robotics is becoming one of the most prolific areas of technological advancement.

Engineers are at work on designs for robotic devices that promise to aid progress in almost every field of human endeavor – and ASU researchers are at the forefront of the wave of robotics innovation. They’re developing ideas for ways robots could be employed in health and medical fields, in education, in national defense and security, and in far-flung efforts to expand exploration of the deep sea and outer space.

ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and School of Earth and Space Exploration are giving students opportunities to participate in projects to develop and program a variety of robot prototypes.

The work draws on expertise across a broad range of specialties, from mechanical and biomedical engineering to mathematics, communications technology, electronics and computer science. And it delves into some of the more fascinating questions about technological possibilities – predominantly the pursuit of creating “intelligent” machines that could communicate and interact with humans.