NIU professor hopes to change industry with new robotic manipulator

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Students are being introduced to robotics at a young age, with some children learning to code in elementary school.

The technology brings new opportunities to industries who are creating automation and efficiency.

Northern Illinois University Mechanical Engineering Professor Ji-Chul Ryu recently presented some of his ongoing research projects in the field.

He’s working to develop a type of manipulator, which involves a robot moving an object from one place to another, but in a non-traditional way, and without using so-called “hands”.

“Without using those grippers and hands, we can still do the same thing with a non-grasping method,” Ryu said. “Without grasping an object, you can still move that object from one place to another, using something like rolling, sliding, or throwing and catching. So, that’s one, I think, good application of my research to the industrial side.”

Ryu says robotics and artificial intelligence includes everything in engineering, and offers students growing job opportunities.

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