cobot recap: manufacturing jobs, the coolness factor and a whole lot of robo-dough

in trending now by Jeff Green

Montcalm Community College and Baxter the Collaborative Robot from Rethink Robotics

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Manufacturing jobs are perceived by many as boring, dangerous and low-paying. Technology – from 3-D printing to robotics and automation, along with attractive salaries, is helping to change the stigma associated with these types of roles. But in order to fill these positions, proper training must be made available. Here’s what Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland and Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., had to say in a recent USA Today opinion piece:

“Educators need to recognize that businesses have a high demand for skilled workers, whether they’re robotics technicians or licensed practical nurses, and better align what they teach with the skills employers desperately need.”

Read more about growing opportunities in the manufacturing sector and how industry can partner with academia to make it a reality.

Cobot Calendar

ICYMI – The National Science Foundation announced last month that the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) is accepting funding proposals for research involving collaborative robots.  So fear not if you didn’t hit it big with the Powerball last month, because there’s a lot of robo-dough to go around.

Here’s what’s on the table:

  • Anticipated funding amount = $30,000,000 to $50,000,000 per year
  • Estimated number of awards each year = 20 to 75

The program, formally known as The Realization of Co-Robots Acting in Direct Support of Individuals and Groups, has a deadline for full proposals on March 7, 2016 and then again on January 12, 2017.  Check out for all the details you need to be considered for a piece of the cobot research funding pie.

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Jeff Green

I'm Jeff Green, senior content and social media strategist at Rethink Robotics. When I'm not socializing Sawyer and Baxter, our smart, collaborative robots, I'm usually caught up in the home tornado, also known as my three kids. Love them, my wife, old-school Chinese food, movies, and of course game-changing technology.

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