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Congresswoman Lori Trahan Announces $1,683,802 In Funding for UMass Lowell

Washington, July 18, 2019

Lowell, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) announced two federal grants awarded to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a $383,803 grant in support of a project titled "Global-Position Tracking Control for Highly Versatile Bipedal Robotic Walking,” which is under the direction of Yan Gu, Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The second grant was from the U.S. Department of Health and Human services and totals $1,299,999. The award supports program title U19OH, a research program and cooperative agreements grant. This award was granted by the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOHSH).

“UMass Lowell has a robust faculty and staff pushing the boundaries toward the latest, cutting-edge research and technology. I am thrilled that the university is being recognized for its leadership and receiving over $1.6 million in federal funding to expand its capability in the fields of robotics and workplace safety. The university’s commitment to research is an investment in our future and helps drive the success of our students and business community,” said Representative Trahan.

“This grant will support two intervention studies to improve the effectiveness of organizational health and safety programs for the region’s workers conducted by the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, a joint venture between UMass Lowell and the University of Connecticut,” said center Co-Director Laura Punnett, a UMass Lowell professor of biomedical engineering. “We deeply appreciate this on-going award from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and its endorsement of the center’s research and outreach endeavors.”

“Our group would like to thank the National Science Foundation for its support of our work, which aims to improve the capabilities, safety and reliability of bipedal walking robots,” said UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering Assistant Prof. Yan Gu. “Bipedal robots are emerging as a critical technology for many important uses, including search-and-rescue and other emergency missions, along with home assistance and health-care responses.”

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