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Human-robot collaboration is “gaining an enormous amount of momentum,” says Henrik Christensen, executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech. “In the past, robots have penetrated 10 percent of the industry. There’s still 90 percent of the industry, and that’s where you need collaborative robots.”

The Robotic Industries Association, a U.S. trade group, last week organized its first conference dedicated to collaborative robots, at which robot manufacturers and customers gathered to discuss the trend. Christensen was a keynote speaker.

Georgia Tech Health Research Reveals Online Search Patterns, New Customized Software

By creating proactive, accessible health and wellness technologies, Georgia Tech has taken significant steps in enabling people to control their own health to greater, more effective degrees. Highlighting Georgia Tech’s health research strategy are three projects focused on personal technologies and networked computing tools designed to radically change how users interact with health care information and systems. 

IRIM Executive Director Henrik Christensen discusses what Google might do with its recently acquired robot companies.

Intel Selects Georgia Tech as Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

New center with School of Computational Science and Engineering designed to advance capabilities of parallel computing systems through multi-disciplinary research and education

Governor Uses Klaus as Backdrop for Signing of Video Gaming Legislation

New legislation authorizes state income tax breaks to attract news jobs and companies in video game production to Georgia

"The system learns a person's 'touch signature,' then constantly compares it to how the current user is interacting with the device," said College of Computing assistant professor Polo Chau. Source: Engadget

Though Conti said the interdisciplinary model for the Army Cyber Institute is novel, officials there looked to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia, the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, Stanford Center for Internet and Society, among others. Source: USA Today

New Team of All-Stars for National Robotics Week
Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

College of Computing researchers have developed a new security system that continuously monitors how a user taps and swipes a mobile device. If the movements don’t match the owner’s tendencies, the system recognizes the differences and can be programmed to lock the device.

New data reveal which schools offer the best dollar-for-dollar return on your investment in a computer science degree in 2014 and Georgia Tech places third. Source: Network World

GrannyBot: GT Computing Students Create Pocket-Sized Humanoid Robot Grandma
A Rainy Day Can Ruin an Online Restaurant Review

Online restaurant reviews written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days. The new study also shows that restaurants in the Pacific and Northeast have more reviews than those in the South and Midwest.