NYU's engineering program is taking research design to next level—making it easier for students to stay connected to campus projects

Long before robots parked our cars or served our food, they were mainly used by scientists, engineers, and students to carry out technical procedures. One had to be properly equipped and highly trained to deal with the machines, and operating them had to be done in the laboratory. Now things are starting to change, as a research team from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has developed a set of apps that make human-robot interaction more accessible to all.

Led by Professor Vikram Kapila and doctoral student Jared Alan Frank, the group of researchers developed a system that connects experiments and their robots to the Internet, in which students can then manage the laboratory settings via smartphone or tablet. This interactive approach is improving the scientific experience both inside and outside of the lab.

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