Louisville, Kentucky. — The University of Louisville is at the forefront of testing and teaching robots that will eventually replace some human jobs in automated workplaces.
UofL’s Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) on Friday received $750,000 in federal funding to launch its new Robotics and Additive Manufacturing Pathway to Success (RAMPS) program. The program will conduct pilot programs to educate not only college students, but K-12 students and how to use robotics in the automated workplace of the future.
“We know technology is going to evolve rapidly. It’s going to disrupt everything we do, and this type of thing is going to be at the forefront of these changes, so whether it’s a UofL student, a researcher, or a JCPS student, people will be familiar with being these advanced The expert side of the process gets a head start,” the Rep. John Yarmuth, who has driven the new funding.
The head of the program said there was a need to integrate robotics into learning.
“This is the future of manufacturing,” said the director of the LARRI Dan Popa Robotics Institute. “Let’s face it, the workforce isn’t expanding. One way to expand the workforce is to involve people with disabilities, who traditionally didn’t consider working in factories. The way to do that is to make them more intuitive, easier and A more efficient way to interact with this new technology.”
The leader of the LARRI Robotics Institute admits that robots will eventually replace humans in some manufacturing jobs. However, they predict this will make room for other high-paying jobs needed to work with robots.
“So this technology will revolutionize the way we do our work,” Popa said. Not that it will replace people, but it will allow people to do better things with their time and energy. “
The types of robots that will be used in the program are expected to span a wide range of fields, such as the aerospace, automotive, biomedical and dental industries.