Friday, August 16, 2013
UTARI hosted a booth at the 19th annual NIWeek to display Zeno, an assistive robot, to a crowd of over 4000 participants. NIWeek is National Instruments' global event that showcases best practices and tools for the world's top engineers and scientists.
Pictured above: (Left) Dr. Dan Popa, Monica Beltran and Richard Margolin.
Dr. Dan Popa gave a presentation on how the humanoid robot Zeno helps with autism treatment. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) interact with Zeno to teach body language, encourage social interaction and improve motor skills. UTARI researchers were joined by Robokind Director of Engineering and Founder, Richard Margolin, whose company created the Zeno robot. Hanson Robokind develops high-tech humanoid robotics used for assistive therapy, education and university research.
UT Arlington Ph.D. student Nahum Torres presents at NIWeek.
In addition to having a booth at the conference, Ph.D. student Nahum Torres gave a presentation discussing the UT Arlington Microrobotics Team. The team recently competed in Karlsruhe, Germany at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The purpose of the Mobile Microrobotics Challenge is to motivate researchers to accelerate the development of microrobots featuring microeletromechanical systems. You can read in more detail about how the UTARI team fared at the ICRA competition here.