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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.


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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).


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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. 


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Dr. Mitch Pryor is speaking at the Austin Central Library's Austin Forum on Technology and Society on July 9th at 6:15 pm (refreshments start at 5:45 pm). The abstract: Robots have long fascinated humans for their amazing potential, but this is also a very real industry. Industrial robotics is a massive industry, especially in manufacturing, and they are becoming more capable rapidly fueled by advances in AI as well as electronics and precision sensors, machining, and more.


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Robots are meant to make our jobs easier, but there are many questions about how we are supposed to interact with robots and how they will interact with us. Thanks to the work from some aspiring mechanical engineers at the University of Texas, they are making breakthroughs that could soon be implemented for companies, agencies and even in our every day lives.

Click here to read the full article. 


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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.


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Almost a third of a nurse’s average day “is spent on non-patient care: fetching, gathering, even taking out the trash,” says Andrea Thomaz, who, after a career spent running robotics labs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas, cofounded Diligent Robotics to bring her human-robot interaction research to market.


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Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award, which celebrates outstanding postsecondary teaching.


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Last week, construction began on the Anna Hiss Gymnasium to house UT robotics programs. Currently, different robotics labs are located across engineering and natural sciences buildings, but they don’t have a centralized location, according to computer science professor Peter Stone. 

“This will give us the space for large projects across departments,” Stone said. “Students from the different departments will have the space to sit together and interact with each other directly rather than just meeting at their different buildings.”


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The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group is looking for outstanding applicants for either post-doctoral or Research Associate positions to carry out research in the area of applied robotics for use in extreme environments. We are particularly focused on the nuclear, and oil & gas industries, though other application areas may be considered. The position(s) support research in autonomy, human-machine interfaces, mobile manipulation, control, and hardware/sensor integration. The high-level goals focus on advancing a systems’ semi-autonomous capabilities in uncertain environments to reduce the burden on the operator, improve task efficiency and safe operation. Additional responsibilities include:


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A research team, led by Ufuk Topcu in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected by the DOD to lead a $7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project aimed at developing artificial intelligence for UAVs.


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Peter Stone was interviewed for Manuel Sagars' upcoming documentary on "Digital Transformation." You can watch the interview or read the transcript


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Dr. Andrea Thomaz was awarded the IROS Toshido Fukuda Young Profressional Award for Outstanding Contributions to Human Robot Interaction during the 2017 IEEE/RSJ IROS conference held in Vancouver, Canada. Congratulations to Dr. Thomaz!


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The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin seeks outstanding applicants for tenured and tenure-track faculty positions in any emerging area in Mechanical Engineering. Applicants are sought at the rank of Assistant and Full Professor.


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From Nvidia's Blog: "Forget about robots stealing your job. Peter Stone is working on robots who can steal Ronaldo’s job. Let’s just say Stone won’t be out of work anytime soon. Citing the mantra of “good problems make good science,” Stone and other computer scientists are building robots that they hope will compete with — and beat — a team of the world’s best soccer players by 2050.


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A paper led by a UT graduate student Prashant Rao from the ReNeu Robotics Lab has won the ‘Best Robotics Manipulation Award’ at ICRA 2017! Prashant collaborated with a graduate student Gray Thomas from the Human Centered Robotics Lab. Congraulations to Prashant, Gray and their advisors Dr. Sentis and Dr. Deshpande

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UT Professor Peter Stone is features in this article from the AAAS Science Magazine. From the article: "[Todd] Hester and Peter Stone, a computer scientist at the University of Texas in Austin, developed a new algorithm, Targeted Exploration with Variance-And-Novelty-Intrinsic-Rewards (TEXPLORE-VENIR), that relies on a technique called reinforcement learning.


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We invite you to join us to learn about UT's newly launched Robotics Consortium at the our kick-off showcase event (RSVP required).


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Ufuk Topcu, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, is one of eight UT Austin professors selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a 2017 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.


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Professors Niekum, Thomaz, Sentis, Mooney, and Stone, along with their students and postdocs, are banding together to create a joint entry in the new RoboCup@Home Standard Platform League using the Toyota HSR robot.The competition will be the last week of July in Nagoya, Japan.


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Grad School Hub had some kind words to say about our fledgling robotics program, and after just one one year, has us in the top 10 robotic programs in the nation. From their web site: "The University of Texas at Austin only established its robotics program last year, making this one of the youngest robotics engineering degrees in the country. So how is it also one of the best?


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Profs. Niekum, Sentis, Stone, and Thomaz were selected to receive an HSR robot from Toyota and will participate in the first RoboCup@Home Standard Platform League in Nagoya, Japan during the summer of 2017.


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Threading the needle video

The Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group took its hands-free interface for high precision on the road a few weeks back and deployed the system on a robot at the Southwest Research Institute who were kind enough to produce a nice video of the results.


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In 2014 the Seton Brain and Spine Recovery Center had a problem. Their patients were performing shoulder exercises incorrectly and subjecting themselves to further injury. “We were looking for a device to help cue the patient when they are overusing the upper trapezius and hiking the shoulder,” says Eric Lantz, an occupational therapist at Seton. Dr. Sulzer and his students went straight to work to address the problem . Click here to read the full article.


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We are pleased to announce the schedule for the UT Robotics Seminar series for Spring 2016. The seminars will be held every other week on Wed 4-5pm in GDC 4.304

Please contact Dr. Luis Sentis or Dr. Scott Niekum for more information. 

 


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As part of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Robotics, we are launching a seminar series. The seminars will be held every other week on Wed 11am-noon in CPE 2.206.

On Sept 16th, Dr. Ashish Deshpande and his students will present the ongoing activities in the ReNeu Robotics Lab.

Please contact Dr. Luis Sentis or Dr. Scott Niekum for more information. 

 

 

 


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On April 4th 2015, the University of Texas at Austin’s Robotics and Automation Society is will be holding our third annual Convention for Unconventional Robotics Movement (CURM). We would like to extend an invitation to you or any of your students with an interest in robotics. Additional CURM information can be found at http://ras.ece.utexas.edu/curm.html.


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Congratulations to members of the LARG lab, who won first place at the the internationalRoboCup 2014 competition in the 3D simulation league with our team UT. A full article on the event can be found here. The full results can be found here.


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We regularly give tours to students from the local area middle schools and high schools.