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Helmsley Charitable Trust Supports BGU Robotics Research

Sandor Frankel

Trustees of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Sandor Frankel and Walter Panzirer from the United States, have made a visit to Ben Gurion University to see the robotics research conducted there which is funded by their foundation.

Now one of the largest philanthropic funding agencies in Israel, the Trust focuses on developing game-changing research, in this case with a $6.2 million donation to BGU in the field of Agricultural, Biological and Cognitive (ABC) robotics.

“The Helmsley Charitable Trust is proud to support the highly innovative robotics project at Ben-Gurion University which will help to make the world a better and safer place, ” said Frankel.

ABC Robotics Initiative leader Prof. Yael Edan and her researchers showed the trustees and their wives research efforts to communicate with a computer using one’s mind, a robot that tracks and follows you, attempts to harvest energy generated from people walking, and a training system to prevent the elderly from falling.

Ben Gurion University declared that the agricultural, biological and cognitive robots developed in the framework of the ABC Robotics Initiative will be endowed with “intelligent” behavior inspired by biological models and human behavior. The robots will be able to continuously adapt anew, will be capable of performing under unforeseen and changing working conditions, and will have capacities well beyond those of current autonomous robotic systems.

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