Students receive robotics, intelligent systems funding

January 25, 2007

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Four SFU grad students recently received $7,500 scholarships for robotics and intelligent systems research. The funds are from a $405,000 scholarship pool provided by Ottawa-based Precarn Inc., a not-for-profit national consortium of corporations, research institutes and government partners supporting the development of intelligent information and communications technology.

The recipients are engineering science student Yan Lu, who is working on an active video-monitoring system to assist nurses; engineering science student Haibo Sun, who is working on a new mechanical design for a haptic (sense of touch) device using end effectors (tools connected to the end of robotic arms); kinesiology student Mandana Salajegheh, who is researching hand gestures to assist surgeons doing endoscopic surgery; and computing science student Zhongmin Shi, who is researching text analysis and machine learning as applied to medical research texts.

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