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ABB Collaborates on Sensor Technology

ABB Collaborates on Sensor Technology

ABB, a technology company specialising in electrification products, robotics and motion, and industrial automation, has agreed a three-year partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The company will provide a total of USD $300,000 in funding to the research of computer science professor Thomas Fritz, an expert in the practical applications of biometric sensing.

Professor Fritz has a track record of successful partnerships with ABB, and in previous collaborations has co-developed the FlowLight, a personal stoplight that reduces interruptions for knowledge workers in an office environment.


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ABB has collaborated with several universities as part of its research and development (R&D), including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Universities in the United States, and Cambridge University in the UK.

In 2017, ABB invested around $1.5 billion in R&D, operating corporate research centres in China, India, Germany and the United States.

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Bazmi Husain, Chief Technology Officer of ABB, commented: “By pairing the deep expertise of academic researchers with the industry focused expertise of our researchers we accelerate ABB’s integration of new technology.

“Professor Fritz’s expertise on biometric sensors and productivity make him an ideal partner.”

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