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  • Changing the World, One Robot at a Time

    Humanoid robots to the rescue.

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  • Societal Impact: Form Follows Function

    A new state-of-the-art computerized knitting laboratory is helping assistant professor and fashion design program director Genevieve Dion develop smart garments—clothing made of fabric embedded with technology.

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  • Societal Impact: Brain Power

    Drexel’s Human Cognition Enhancement Program is breaking down departmental barriers to generate groundbreaking, comprehensive cognitive and behavioral research.

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Societal Impact Of Research

Drexel is shaping smart, vibrant cities and societies by innovating in the information economy, urban health and environment, smart infrastructure and the creative economy, as part of its mission to explore the societal impact of research. Research in disciplines within computer and information sciences, engineering, social sciences, natural sciences, education, law, business and public policy studies all bring relevant perspective and expertise. However, in the past two decades, the profound economic shift from an industrial model to one where disciplines in the media arts and design is integral to the economic and societal innovation required to create a high quality of life and to support new knowledge, catalyze economic development, and education/workforce development.

Information and Market Solutions

Information and Market Solutions

Information, technology and its market solutions enables and shapes the transformation of the economy in every industry...

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Information, technology and its market solutions enables and shapes the transformation of the economy in every industry and every aspect of society, particularly for major urban centers. Perspective and expertise in all disciplines is needed to create, bridge and enable strategic interplay to create a unique ecosystem and replicable model for opportunity-driven urban transformation.

Urban
Health

Urban Health

By 2050, cities will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population. The urban health challenges of today and tomorrow demand...

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By 2050, cities will be home to two-thirds of the world’s population. The urban health challenges of today and tomorrow demand multi- and transdisciplinary approaches beyond medicine and public health, nursing and the allied health fields. Urban health research opportunities are critical now to vastly improve our understanding of how place affects health. Therefore, engagement of all disciplines is needed to address the health threats faced by urban populations.

Smart Infrastructure

Smart Infrastructure

Physical infrastructure and cyber infrastructure historically have been considered distinct areas of inquiry.

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Physical infrastructure and cyber infrastructure historically have been considered distinct areas of inquiry. Modern cities have begun to blur these lines with the rise of cyber-physical systems leading to a budding new field, Smart Infrastructure.

Creative
Economy

Creative Economy

In a new economic paradigm, knowledge, innovation and creativity are key in the socio-economic potential of activities.

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In a new economic paradigm, knowledge, innovation and creativity are key in the socio-economic potential of activities. At the heart of this new Creative Economy are the industries that lie at the crossroads of arts, culture, business and technology. This entrepreneurial ecosystem facilitates the intersection between “tech” and “cultural” disciplines.