New Partnership Has UMD-developed Robots Supporting Patients, Residents

Arishia Khan stand besides her robot

A revolutionary robot developed in Duluth will be helping meet people’s emotional, physical, and cognitive support, thanks to a partnership between UMD Computer Science Professor Arshia Khan and Monarch Healthcare group. For the first time in the United States, humanoid robots will help care for patients in assisted living spaces. 

Khan and her students are responsible for these robots, and 16 of them are about to be sent off for a pilot program at eight Minnesota-based Monarch Healthcare facilities.

"This is groundbreaking; this is absolutely the first time in the history of the United States. No one has done this before it's been done in Japan but never in the U.S. Using robots, humanoid robots, to help offer care," Khan told WDIO.

See coverage from KSTP, WDIO (Article published on 10/14/2021), Fox 21, KBJR (Article published October 2021), and a previous story from the Duluth News Tribune.

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