An estimated 1.3 million industrial robots are expected to enter the workforce of factories around the world by by 2018, according to trade group International Federation of Robotics. And it's really no wonder, since today's advanced technology allows robots to be integrated seamlessly into a factory's systems and share tasks with their human co-workers.
But that's just the beginning. Researchers at the University of Louisville are studying new ways of using technology for real-world applications across many industries, including health care, manufacturing and logistics and distribution.
The University of Louisville's Next Generation Systems group is studying microsystems and robots that are increasingly small, cheap, integrated and networked. The group is working with robots who could help man a factory floor, and maybe some day, a hospital.
NGS is led by Dr. Dan Popa, our Vogt Endowed Chair on Advanced Manufacturing who has earned the nickname "Dr. Roboto." (And you may recognize some of his robotic colleagues from their media appearances.)