In the future, your co-worker might be a robot.
Luis Sentis, a professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics is leading research that focuses on making that collaboration as natural as possible – with robots that move like humans and learn like them, too.
The Office of Naval Research recently awarded Sentis a $2.7 million grant that funds research into these robots. Sentis is the principal investigator of the project and collaborating on the work with Apptronik, a UT research spin-off company, and the artificial intelligence company Thinking Robots. The goal of the research is to investigate the productivity of mixed human-robot teams during logistics and search tasks. The companies will help with software integration so that the robots are able to walk, talk and efficiently carry out tasks alongside actual humans.