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  • RoboCup
    The UT Austin Villa robot soccer team participating in an international RoboCup Competition.
  • RoboCup
    The UT Austin Villa robot soccer team participating in an international RoboCup Competition.
  • ReNue's ACT Hand
    Anatomically Correct Test-bed (ACT) Hand with human-like bones, joints, tendons and muscles
  • ReNeu Harmony upper body exoskelton
    ReNue Lab's HARMONY is an upper body exoskeleton designed for rehabilitation
  • NRG's Robotic Arms
    Industrial Reconfigurable Anthropomorphic Dual-arm (IRAD) System for use in gloveboxes and other hazardous environments. It replaces or augments operators performing radiochemistry or manufacturing tasks
  • Hume in the Human Centered Robotics Lab
    Hume remains balanced while walking by observing the center of mass position error relative to a reference path and re-planning at every step a new trajectory.
  • Building-Wide Intelligence Robots in LARG Lab
    These robots are being designed and programmed to navigate autonomously through the building and interact with people.
  • Dreamer in the Human Centered Robotics Lab
    Dreamer showing off its beautiful facial expressions, and articulated arms and torso. Researchers are developing novel controllers for Dreamer to achieve collaborative tasks with human users.

Robotics Research

Researchers in multiple departments work to advance the capability of robotics numerous application spaces including social, surgical, rehabilitation, vehicles, drilling, manufacturing, space, nuclear, and defense.

Robotics Education

UT has world-class opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate education and offer a Graduate Portfolio Program in Robotics


Robotics Outreach

UT researchers regularly host robotics activities to engage the community at-large. These include lab tours, workshops and also on-site demonstrations.

News & Events

Wed, 05/22/2019

Oden Institute Professor Ufuk Topcu will participate in the new U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Center of Excellence for Assured Autonomy in Contested Environments.

Wed, 07/17/2019

There are some recent results in human strength amplification control for semi-active multi-contact exoskeletons, using a 8-powered-4-passive-DOF lower body exoskeleton from Apptronik Systems. The system is designed for controls testing, and supports a modest payload of 25 lbs, with off-board power. Its low level actuators run a sophisticated disturbance observer based torque compensator, to deliver near zero impedance behavior (under some minimum output inertia requirements).

Thu, 06/27/2019

Dr. Mitch Pryor spoke and participated in the International Panel at  UK's Robotics week with Stephen Hart from TRACLabs and Ron Diftler who is the branch chief for robotics at NASA JSC.