Professor Building Robotic Nurses for Older Populations

Published by , September 21, 2015 11:20 am

(WFAA.com) — Dan Popa, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, received close to $1 million from the National Science Foundation to build a robotic nurse from the ground up. Over the next three years, the goal is to produce a robot that will adapt to the individual patient’s needs and could do everything from simply sitting and monitoring a patient to helping a nurse lift a patient out of a hospital bed. “We are definitely not trying to replace human care, human interaction, or replace nurses,” he said. “We are simply trying to help nurses do their job better and be more effective.”

The goal is to create a fleet of robot workers designed to meet the demand of older patients. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2030 the number of Americans over 65 years old will double, accounting for roughly 20 percent of the population.

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