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September 30, 2010

Nikos Papanikolopoulos

Nikos Papanikolopoulos

DTC Professor Nikos Papanikolopoulos

A UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TEAM led by Computer Science and Engineering Prof. Nikos Papanikolopoulos was awarded an $1,581,730 MRI award (with $677,000 UMN matching) from the National Science Foundation. The team includes researchers from three colleges: College of Science & Engineering, Medical School, and College of Education and Human Development (team members: Guillermo Sapiro, Vassilios Morellas, Kelvin Lim, Barbara Murphy, and Kathryn Cullen). Proposed is the development of a robotic instrument that could observe and automatically analyze abnormalities in children's behaviors, thus introducing a novel technology which can help identifying children at risk. The main premise is that interaction with robots (robot pets and robotic sandboxes) can assist us in the early detection of neurodevelopmental disorders like OCD, autism, ADD, etc. This award brings the total funding of the project to more than $3M.