Juliana Danesi Ruiz, Undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering
Makes robots smarter
• Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Dr. Phillip Deierling
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? I am in my last semester of my BSE in mechanical engineering, graduating Fall 2020.
• Please describe your research: My research works mainly with KUKA robots, which are Industrial robots. Our research consists of creating new applications for the robots by using Artificial Intelligence. I have been working this past semester to improve the students’ experience in robotics laboratories for a class in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Currently, we are in Industry 4.0, meaning that robots have already been introduced and are widely used, but it is the era to make the machines smarter. Our research focuses on keeping up with the new robotics technologies and ways to improve smart machines.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started to work in research during my first year here at Iowa. I had excellent and fulfilling experiences working with different professors. Research was definitely a big part of my undergraduate experience.
• How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Research has brought me opportunities and personal growth. Because of research, I was able to have an internship with one of the best sensor technologies companies. Also, research taught me how to be perseverant, organized, and curious.
• What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? After I graduate, I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with Professor Deierling.
• Does your research have connections to or implications for COVID-19? Please explain. My research doesn’t have direct implications for COVID-19. But automation is crucial for the fast production of vaccines.
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