2018 VIRTUES Summit


Bridging the gap between curriculum and industry

March 1-2, 2018
James Madison University


Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries | NPR

One shred of solace that surfaced as hurricanes and tropical storms pummeled Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last fall was the opportunity to see drones realize some of their life-saving potential. During those disasters unmanned aircraft surveyed wrecked roads,...

Into the Darkness: UVA Robot Maps Historic Tunnel | UVA Today

Nicola Bezzo is using robots to map the past. Bezzo, a University of Virginia assistant professor in the departments of Systems and Information Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and two of his graduate students, Esen Yel and Tony Lin, have had a...

When disaster strikes, drones can go where reporters can’t | Poynter

As Hurricane Irma churned inland over the Florida peninsula in early September, photojournalist Brian Emfinger readied his drone. After the eye passed over Naples, calming the 100-mph-plus winds and torrential rains, he lifted off. “Five minutes later, I’m flying over...

Students, robots as busy and efficient as bees at Virginia Western event | The Roanoke TImes

The challenges of coaxing a small, quirky robot along a ping-pong-table-sized course were readily apparent at Saturday’s Worker Bots contest. Held at Virginia Western Community College, Worker Bots was the 11th annual autonomous robot competition put on by the School...

U.S. startup Zipline has teamed up with the Rwandan government to deliver blood supplies by drone | Time

For several days Delphine Twese Hamwe’s 2-year old daughter, Ghislane Ihimbazwe, had been screeching in pain as fever wracked her tiny body. A nurse at the local clinic in central Rwanda told her that an acute form of malaria was attacking her daughter’s red blood...


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