A Robot for Grandma

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Professor Taskin Padir, assistant professor of robotics engineering, and Professor Jeanine Skorinko, associate professor of psychology and director of WPI’s Psychological Science Program, have been awarded $125k from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advise 10 undergraduate major qualifying projects (MQPs) over the next 5 years aimed at improving the quality of life of the elderly. An important component of the projects will be to seamlessly introduce the robots in a manner that avoids stigmatization or stereotyping of or discrimination against the elderly.

WPI Press Release – A Robot for Grandma, Minus the Stigma

WGBH Innovation Hub Interview – Robots and Our Aging Population

NECN (Video) – Robots for Elder Care

Boston Business Journal – WPI gets $125K NSF award to make robots to help the elderly

Mass High Tech (TechFlash) – WPI gets $125K NSF award to make robots to help the elderly

San Francisco Chronicle – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives $125,000 Award from the National Science Foundation

WBZ radio – A segment featuring WPI professor Taskin Padir aired twice on Sept. 14 (NSF grant)

WKRG (Mobile, Ala.) – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Receives $125,000 Award from the National Science Foundation

Rehab Management – Award to Fund Development of Personal Assistant Robots for Older Adults

Worcester Business Journal – WPI Gets Funding For Assistive Robot Research

Mass Live – Worcester Polytechnic Institute awarded grant to develop ‘a robot for grandma’