U-M receives $20M gift

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ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan has received $20 million from a foundation to boost its collaboration with two Israeli research institutes.

The school said the gift from The D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation will build on advancements in health, science and education made by researchers.

Officials said U-M, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizman Institute of Science have teamed up on about 50 projects since 2011.

One of the projects aims to create new technology and innovations in autonomous robotic science.

Researchers said they envision robots that work alongside people to make existing jobs easier, as well as improve productivity and worker safety.

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