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FAL 2016

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D O M O A R I G A T O , D R . R O B O T O : โˆ• โˆ• D O M O A R I G A T O โ€š DR. ROBOTO ยป Imagine visiting a hospital where advanced robots are interacting with patients, accessing electronic health records and helping busy nurses perform their daily duties. This is just one of the visions of Dan Popa, PhD, a University of Louisville professor and the Vogt Endowed Chair of Advanced Manufacturing, who is at the forefront of understanding how robots and humans will work together in the future. For more than a decade, Popa pursued his research initiatives at the University of Texas at Arlington. Then, in January of this year, he joined the J.B. Speed School of Engineering to further his groundbreaking work and seek out a path to commercialization. His Next Gen Systems (NGS) research group, which is comprised of grad students, undergrad students, grad scholars and other young research professionals at UofL, now operates in three labs on the Belknap Campus. Together, they are exploring the latest in human-robot interaction, including overall physical designs and pressure-sensitive skins that are safe for personal contact. F A L L 2 0 1 6 U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 3 5

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