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University of Minnesota researchers to be featured on Big Ten Network's new 'Impact the World' series

Biomedical engineer Bin He will be profiled in the premiere episode on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 p.m. CST

January 9, 2012

University of Minnesota researchers will be featured in the Big Ten Network’s debut of “Impact the World,” a powerful new original series that highlights the academic side of Big Ten universities. The debut program airs Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 8:30 p.m. CST and features the work of University of Minnesota biomedical engineering professor Bin He and his students in the College of Science and Engineering.

He and his team are pioneering technology that allows immobilized or speechless individuals to control real objects with their minds. No other research group has designed a system that allows a person to move objects on a screen at will through 3-D space using noninvasive technology requiring nothing more than thought.

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The Feb. 28 episode of “Impact the World” will feature University of Minnesota computer science and engineering professor Nikos Papanikolopoulos in the College of Science and Engineering and his team from the Center for Distributed Robotics. The center is at the forefront of research in robotics and has developed a wide range of robots for search and rescue missions monitoring the environment and a wide range of other applications. The successful company ReconRobotics was founded in 2006 to commercialize the center’s Scout Robots which are now used by the military and law enforcement agencies in more than 30 countries to save lives.

The Big 10 Network’s “Impact the World,” hosted by actor Dennis Haysbert, is an eight-part series highlighting 24 stories from all 12 Big Ten universities that demonstrate the benefits of the scientific, medical and sociological advances to people in the U.S. and around the world.

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