Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Robotics Fellowship at UPenn Established with UTRC Gift

United Technologies Research Center, the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp., has gifted $250,000 to the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science to establish a fellowship in robotics, according to Penn News. It will provide financial support to doctoral candidates and doctoral research students working in Penn Engineering’s GRASP (General Robotics Automation, Sensing and Perception) Laboratory.  

Vijay Kumar, Penn Engineering’s UPS Foundation Professor and TerraSwarm Researcher, was quoted in the article:
“UTRC’s investment will enable strategic collaboration with one of the country’s leading industry research laboratories. The GRASP Laboratory integrates computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in an environment that fosters interaction between students, research staff and faculty. We are focusing on advanced technologies that enable autonomous operation of aerial and ground vehicles in unstructured environments. The UTRC gift will allow doctoral students to investigate and develop solutions to these problems.” 
In the article, David Parekh, UTRC Vice President, Research, and Director was quoted:
“Research and curriculum development in robotics and intelligent systems is relevant to many of United Technologies’ products. Working with Penn Engineering and other forward-thinking universities helps us further develop expertise and also attract talent in areas where research and technology help evolve industries critical to our nation’s economy.”

UTRC, United Technologies Research Center, provides advanced technologies to businesses of United Technologies (UTC) —an industry leader in high technology products and services for the building and aerospace industries.  UTC is one of the industry partners of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, which provides funding to the TerraSwarm Research Center.

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