Punya Prakash, a Texas Instruments engineer and the recipient of Design News's first Rising Engineering Star Award, is seen here with Larry Johannes (left) of Mouser Electronics, a sponsor of the award; and Design News Brand Director Rich Nass. Prakash is a vibrant, engaging speaker, and her speech was a highlight of the evening. (Photo: Chuck Murray/Design News)
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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