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Projects investigating co-robotics, robots that work cooperatively with people, are the focus of new funding from the National Institutes of Health. The new research in robotics may help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to a news release.
This is the third year NIH has participated in the Interagency National Robotics Initiative to support research to develop innovative co-robots. Funding for these projects totals approximately $2.3 million over the next five years. “Technology is becoming more and more adaptable in all areas of our life, from GPS in cars to speech recognition technology on smart phones,” Grace Peng, PhD, program director of rehabilitation engineering at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, said in the release. “With these awards, we hope to encourage robotics researchers to think of new ways to apply their technology in the realm of healthcare.”