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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly hosts a robot lollapalooza, attracting 4,500 roboticists and showing off devices that fly, swim, and enter the body

Vijay Kumar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted on the International Conference on Robotics and Automation and how robotics has become a fundamental discipline in engineering education.

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Technical.ly Philly

What can Philly do to make a home for robotics to flourish? Scenes from ICRA 2022’s mad dash

Dean Vijay Kumar and Avik De of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Laurie Actman of the Penn Center for Innovation are quoted on their participation in the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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Scientific American

Why some fluids flow slower when pushed harder

Paulo Arratia of the School of Engineering and Applied Science commented on a study that explored how fluids flow under different pressures. “Visualizing flow inside a 3-D porous media literally gives a window into something that was impossible to see,” he said. “If you could actually see the molecules stretching and recoiling, that would be wonderful [to] connect the molecular point of view to the microscopic.”

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The New York Times

Is ‘Havana syndrome’ an ‘act of war’ or ‘mass hysteria’?

Douglas H. Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine said his team found signs of brain damage without impact to the skull in diplomats diagnosed with “Havana syndrome.” Kenneth Foster of the School of Engineering and Applied Science expressed skepticism that the condition could have been caused by a microwave weapon: “You might as well say little green men from Mars were throwing darts of energy.”

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Technical.ly Philly

Penn is establishing a $100M center to focus on the intersection of engineering and biomedicine

A planned Center for Precision Engineering for Health, housed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will focus on developing biomaterials for personalized medical treatments. “Engineering solutions to problems within human health is one of the grand challenges of the discipline,” Dean Vijay Kumar said. “Our faculty are already leading the charge against these challenges, and the Center will take them to new heights.”

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