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Robot firm stresses
By DAN GRANTHAM
Education and business need to work
together to make the robotics industry
a success, a representative from a local
robotics firm said Tuesday. _
Barry Baker, manager of
organizational development at the
DeVilbiss Company, told a convention
of robotics industrialists and educators
at the Sheraton Inn that while the
resources of educational centers can be
a big attraction to the industry,
education must continue to progress to
keep up with the industry.
THE CONFERENCE, entitiled
"Product Innovation: Robots and
Automation" was sponsored by the
Product Development and
Management Association, in
cooperation with Eastern Michigan
University and the University's In-
stitute of Science and Technology.
"Educational resources were
certainly a major factor in DeVilbiss'
decision to locate here," Baker said, as
communication with the universities
provides information about new
developments in technology.
"We mostly discuss where the in-
dustry might be going," he said, adding
that he has "spent considerable amoun-
ts of time talking with students and
professors about what they're doing."
IN ADDITION, the environments of
college towns can help recruit new
company members, Baker said. "The
cultural and social things that are con-
nected with the university are very im-
portant to the community," he said.
But Baker said that in order for this
relationship between business and
universities to be beneficial, they need
to work together to keep up with the
This effort must include restruc-
turing schools' curriculums to train
students for jobs and to adapt to
changes in the robotics industry, Baker
HE ADDED THAT junior colleges
and smaller schools are particularly in
danger of being left behind, and need
financial help because they do not have
the resources and funds that the larger
But junior colleges are not the only
schools that need curriculum changes.
Universities need to offer more classes
that will help students understand the
entire manufacturing process, rather
than a specific part of it.
"I see more and more the need to
take a broader systems approach," to
the manufacturing process, Baker said.
One of the major impacts of robotics
will be the elimination of many un-
skilled jobs, meaning that the workers
who currently hold these positions will
have to be retrained, he said. Univer-
sities and businesses need to work
together "to have a real impact" on the
retraining process, Baker said.
Other speakers at the conference in-
cluded representatives from Ford
Motor Co. and Nordson Corp. who
talked about the implementation of
robots in the factory. The conference
concluded with a panel discussion bet-
ween members of the robotics industry
and representatives from the Univer-
sity of Michigan, Eastern Michigan
University, and the University of
EMU student found dead
An Eastern Michigan University
student was found dead by two fisher-
man Tuesday afternoon on the banks of
the Huron River, in Ypsilanti: the vic-
tim of an apparent murder.
Ypsilanti Police said the body of 26-
year-old Laura McBride, who had been
stabbed repeatedly, was found near the
LeForge Street Bridge. It is not known
whether she was sexually assaulted.
Police have no suspects in the case.
- Halle Czechowski
AAFC-Our Man in Havana, 7:30 p.m., The Third Man, 9:30 p.m., Angell
Cinema Guild-A Little Night Music, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., Lorch.
CFT-Johnny Got His Gun, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Performance Network-"Just Friends" by Rachelle Urist, 81p.m., 4081W.
Union Arts Program - Ellen Forster, harpsichord, 12:15 p.m., Pendleton
Vision-Lunch seminar, Vincent Pluvinage, "How Light Intensity is
Coded by Turtle Cones," 12:15 p.m., 2055 MHRI.
Public Health-Adria Sherman, "Iron and Immunity," 12 p.m., Rm. 3042,
Campus Crusade for Christ-7 p.m., 2003 Angell.
Med. Ctr. Bible Study-12:30 p.m., Rm. F2230 Mott Children's Hospital.
Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship-7 p.m., Union.
Ann Arbor Libertarian League-7 p.m., basement of Dominick's, 812
LaGroc-7:30 p.m., Welker Rm., Union.
Racquetball-Practice meeting, 6-8 p.m., Cts. 10 & 11, CCRB.
Aikido-Practice, 5 p.m., Wrestling Rm., Athletic Bldg.
Sailing club-Meeting followed by sailing lecture, 7:45 p.m., 311 W. Engin.
Ann Arbor Democratic Party-7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Public Library.
Scottish Country Dancers-Beginning class, 7 p.m.; intermediate class,
8 p.m., Forest Hills Community Center, 2351 Shadowlawn.
League-American Heritage Night, Pennsylvania Dutch, 5-7:15 p.m.,
Museum of Art - Art Break, The Annunciation (Juan de Valdex Leal) and
Vanitas (Pieter Claesz), Mary Paul Stubbs, 12:10 p.m., N. Gallery.
Alternative Action-The Desk Set, 7:30 p.m., Guess Who's Coming to
Dinner, 9:30 p.m., MLB 4.
*AAFC-Mv Dinner With Andre, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
Cinema Guild - Missing, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.;Lorch.
CFT-Rude Boy, 7 & 10:50 p.m., McVicar, 9:10 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Cinema II-Bonnie and Clyde, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
Performance Network, - "Just Friends" by Rachelle Urist,81p.m., 408W.
Korean Christian Fellowship-Bible study meeting, 9 p.m., Campus
International Student Fellowship-7 p.m., 4100 Nixon Rd.
Aikido-Practice, 5 p.m., Wrestling Rm., Athletic Bldg.
Tae Kwon Do Club-Practice, 6-8 p.m., behind IM Bldg.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Class-7:30 p.m., Univ. Reformed Church.
Museum of Art-Art Break, "Kyoto Metalwork," Ginny Castor, 12:10
Eckankar-Free introductory talk, 7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Public Library,
Interfaith Council for Peace-Peace through Justice week, potluck and
films, E.F. Shumacker-As If People Mattered and Farming is Far-
ming-The Small Farm in America, First Unitarian Church, 1917
Alternative Action-Gaslight, 7 p.m., A Star is Born, 9 p.m., MLB 4.
AAFC-Excalibur, 7 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
CFT-Last Tango in Paris, 7:40 & 10 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Cinema II-Wait Until Dark, 7:30 p.m., Psycho, 9:30 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
Cinema Guild-Diner, 7:30 & 9:40 p.m., Lorch.
See HAPPENINGS, Page 13
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Vol. XCIII, No. 10-S
Thursday, May 26, 1983
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