West Virginia


Doosan debuts collaborative robot at US trade show

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Doosan cobots have a track record in several markets worldwide including Germany, France and China, with capabilities such as a working radius of 900 to 1,700 millimetres and a load capacity of 6 to 15 kilograms. The company gave a demonstration of six cobots collaborating with two human workers to execute fine motor activities on an auto assembly line. The six cobots conducted nine different applications such as inspection, assembly, placement of parts and more, underlining the fact that cobots can be used in almost any production process. During Automate 2019, RG Industries signed a dealership agreement with Doosan Robotics to be their first distributor in the North American market. Through the partnership, Doosan plans to launch its cobots in nine U.S. states including Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware.


Robotic Surgery Now Common at West Virginia Hospital

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During surgery, the da Vinci robot is docked over the patient and the instruments still typically enter through the abdomen, through much smaller incisions than a traditional laparotomy, which opens up the belly. The surgeon sits at a nearby control panel in the operating room where they can maneuver cameras and instruments with a range exceeding the human hand.


West Virginia University at Parkersburg Adding Robotic Arms

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Students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be able to learn automated manufacturing using high-tech robotic arm equipment, thanks to a grant from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.


Giant Food Stores will place robotic assistants at 172 locations, company says

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He goes by the name "Marty." Tall, slow-moving and gray, he has big cartoonish eyes that disguise something unique about the newest employee at Giant Food Stores: Marty is deliberate and relentless, and -- unlike his fellow employees -- he has the ability to work a seemingly endless number of hours without pay. Though he doesn't say much, a small message is always plastered to his slender trunk: "This store is monitored by Marty for your safety," it reads. "Marty is an autonomous robot that uses image capturing technology to report spills, debris and other potential hazards to store employees to improve your shopping experience." After a pilot program that kicked off in several Pennsylvania stores this past fall, Giant Food Stores announced Monday that it will place Martys in each of the supermarket chain's 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


Mountaineer develops new model for environmental and energy uses

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A new machine-learning model developed by a West Virginia University student has potential applications in the energy, environmental and health-care fields. The model, which can be used to predict adsorption energies -- i.e., adhesive capabilities in gold nanoparticles -- was developed by Gihan Panapitiya, a doctoral physics student from Sri Lanka. Gold nanoparticles have historically been used by artists to bring out vibrant colors via their interaction with light. Now they are increasingly used in high-technology applications such as electronic conductors and others. "Machine learning recently came into the spotlight, and we wanted to do something linking machine learning with gold nanoparticles as catalysts," Panapitiya said.


Mountaineer develops new model for environmental and energy uses – Tech Check News

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A new machine-learning model developed by a West Virginia University student has the potential for energy, environmental and even healthcare applications. The model, which can be used to predict the adsorption energies, i.e. adhesive capabilities in gold nanoparticles, was developed by Gihan Panapitiya, a doctoral physics student from Sri Lanka. Gold nanoparticles have historically been used by artists to bring out vibrant colors via their interaction with light. Now they are increasingly used in high technology applications, electronic conductors and others. "Machine learning recently came into the spotlight, and we wanted to do something linking machine learning with gold nanoparticles as catalysts," he said.


Giant Food Stores will place robotic assistants at 172 locations, company says

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He goes by the name "Marty." Tall, slow-moving and gray, he has big cartoonish eyes that disguise something unique about the newest employee at Giant Food Stores: Marty is deliberate and relentless, and -- unlike his fellow employees -- he has the ability to work a seemingly endless number of hours without pay. Though he doesn't say much, a small message is always plastered to his slender trunk: "This store is monitored by Marty for your safety," it reads. "Marty is an autonomous robot that uses image capturing technology to report spills, debris and other potential hazards to store employees to improve your shopping experience." After a pilot program that kicked off in several Pennsylvania stores this past fall, Giant Food Stores announced Monday that it will place Martys in each of the supermarket chain's 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


Giant Food Stores will place robotic assistants at 172 locations, company says

Washington Post - Technology News

He goes by the name "Marty." Tall, slow-moving and gray, he has big cartoonish eyes that disguise something unique about the newest employee at Giant Food Stores: Marty is deliberate and relentless, and -- unlike his fellow employees -- he has the ability to work a seemingly endless number of hours without pay. Though he doesn't say much, a small message is always plastered to his slender trunk: "This store is monitored by Marty for your safety," it reads. "Marty is an autonomous robot that uses image capturing technology to report spills, debris and other potential hazards to store employees to improve your shopping experience." After a pilot program that kicked off in several Pennsylvania stores this past fall, Giant Food Stores announced Monday that it will place Martys in each of the supermarket chain's 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.


Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Launches Startup Engine at WVU

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Chambers' gift will include financial support to establish and operate the startup engine, create a philanthropic venture capital fund and create a Center for Artificial Intelligence Management to explore that field's opportunities and challenges.


Charles McElwee: Artificial intelligence poses opportunities and perils

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Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. Computers, relying heavily on deep-learning and newly developed technologies, can be trained to accomplish specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognizing patterns in the data. AI, sometimes referred to as machine learning, is a focal point of recent articles in various periodicals, including "What China Can Teach the U.S. It is thus a very timely topic to be considered in West Virginia because as one author put it: AI "will usher in an era of massive productivity increases but also widespread disruptions in labor markets -and profound sociopsychological effects on people - as artificial intelligence takes over human jobs across all sorts of industries." To their credit, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and West Virginia Forward centered at West Virginia University, in collaboration with, and financial support of, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will host a day-long, invitation-only forum in Charleston on Tuesday, Oct. 9, having as its theme "Focus Forward: Preparing Today for the West Virginia of Tomorrow Understanding the impact of machine learning on people, education, and policy." The first scheduled speaker scheduled is Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon University professor and provost emeritus and global consultant.