QSR Automations, a technology developer for the restaurant and hospitality industries, has opened a new global headquarters and tech campus in Jefferson County, Kentucky. QSR made an approximately $10 million investment that will not only create 30 new jobs but also bring in 130 employees who were previously based at other company facilities.
Louisville Slugger’s swing lab
In a new sponsorship with Norton Sports Performance, Louisville Slugger will open the world’s first diagnostic and analytic swing lab for both baseball and fast-pitch softball players. Exercise scientists there will use state-of-the-art technology to analyze a range of a player’s data points and then design custom training programs to help them become better hitters.
UofL opens dedicated robotics space
The University of Louisville (UofL) has opened a dedicated space for robotics research, education and collaboration. The Louisville Automation and Robotics Research Institute (LARRI) is moving from a virtual institute to a 10,000-square-foot physical facility to foster collaboration between researchers and students in providing solutions for manufacturing, health care and logistics challenges. We spoke to Dan Popa, LARRI’s director, about robotics last year.
Two Kentuckians appointed to Build in SE
Kentuckians Chris Redd and Ellie Puckett have joined Build in SE’s ecosystem curator team. Build in SE is a volunteer-led organization that aims to provide region-wide programming and resources for Southeast-based startups.
Analyzing jail data
UofL researchers are helping the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections by analyzing jail data that could help decide future criminal justice reforms. Their research is part of a nationwide study examining jail population trends across the nation through the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice, a project of the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College in New York City.
Tech lab for Olmstead students
Olmsted Academy North is setting up a lab for students to have access to advanced technology. The school is part of The Verizon Innovative Learning Program, which provides free technology, access and innovative learning tools to underserved schools across the country.