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Researchers receive funding for telepresence robot

April 24, 2018 | Telepresence Options

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Put simply, a telepresence robot being created at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville functions like "walking Skype." And, while the end goal is simplicity for users in a classroom setting, the critical thinking, and technological design and development involved in its creation are complex.

The Wailian Education Group, now WeEducation Group Inc., supported the robot research and development with private funding totaling $56,304. SIUE School of Engineering's Mingshao Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, directed the project.

3rd graph here.Now, with an additional $26,146 from WeEducation Group Inc. for phase two, Zhang and his student research team are adding advanced capabilities to their prototype, ensuring their telepresence robot outcompetes others on the market.

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