One of 11 new collaborative robots at Vincennes University-Jasper. (photo courtesy: VU/Marcia Martinez)

Vincennes University will Thursday hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch one of three collaborative robotics training labs in the state. The “cobot” lab program was launched by VU in an effort to develop training and education to support the next generation of advanced manufacturing technology.

The ceremony will take place at the Gene Haas Training and Education Center in Lebanon.

Vincennes University partnered with Carmel-based Telamon Corp. on the project and was made possible through a grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.

Cobots are intended for direct human interaction in a shared space, acting as “an extra set of hands,” said VU. They are smaller, able to be moved, and easier to reprogram to perform different tasks.

VU will also operate cobot labs at its campus in Jasper and in Vincennes.