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Welcome New Faculty

We would like to welcome Farshid Alambeigi, Joydeep Biswas, Jose del R. MIllan, and Yuke Zhu.

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Alambeigi, Biswas, Millan, Zhu

Dr. Scott Niekum Receives Young Investigator Award

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Scott Niekum

New Algorithm and Exoskeleton Hardware for Full Body Worker Strength Augmentation

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.

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Torque controlled exoskeleton

UT Austin Robotics Researcher speaks at Austin Central Library

Robots have long fascinated humans for their amazing potential, but this is also a very real industry. 

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Robots

Aspiring mechanical engineers at UT Austin creating robots for the present and future

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. 

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$2.7M Grant Funds Research on Intelligent Robots That Work Naturally with Humans

In the future, your co-worker might be a robot. 

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Sentis lab robots

International Panel at UK's Robotics week

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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Speakers at the international panel

Roboticist Andrea Thomaz is one of Fast Company's Most Creative People

In September 2018, her company launched a five-hospital beta trial of Moxi, a hospital robot assistant that completes non-patient-facing tasks such as gathering and delivering supplies and lab samples.

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Thomaz with colleagues and a robot

Peter Stone wins the Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award

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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Peter Stone

Construction begins on Anna Hiss Gym to house robotics programs

Last week, construction began on the Anna Hiss Gymnasium to house UT robotics programs.

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Anna Hiss building

Ufuk Topcu Leads $7.5 Million Project to Create Truly Autonomous Systems

$7.5 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project aimed at developing artificial intelligence for UAVs.

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Scott Niekum wins Career Award

Scott Niekum - along with three other UTCS professors—Vijay Chidambaram, Simon Peter, and Eric Price—have won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development award for 2018.

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Scott Niekum

Peter Stone Interview

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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Stone

Andrea Thomaz wins IEEE Young Professional Award

Dr. Andrea Thomaz was awarded the IROS Toshido Fukuda Young Profressional Award for Outstanding Contributions to Human Robot Interaction 

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Thomaz award presentation

Reinforcement Learning Key to Championship Soccer

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Peter Stone

Students win Best Robotic Manipulation Award at ICRA 2017

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

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Prashant Rao

Scientists Imbue Robots with Curiosity

UT Professor Peter Stone is features in this article from the AAAS Science Magazine

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Curiosity

The University of Texas launches the Robotics Consortium

The Robotics Consortium is a new initiative from UT Austin that seeks to forge a close relationship between university faculty and graduate students in robotics and our natural partners in industry.

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Robotics

UT Austin announces Robotics Showcase Event!

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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Robotics consortium showcase

Ufuk Topcu wins NSF CAREER Award

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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Ufuk lab

UT Robotics Teams Join Forces for RoboCup@Home Standard Platform League

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.

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Soccer robot team

UT Receiving new HSR Robot from Toyota

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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Robot assisting patient

IEEE and ROS-Industrial feature NRG's gestural interface for high precision tasks

The Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group takes its hands-free interface for high precision on the road

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Robot lab

Topcu to Work with Consortium Selected to Pioneer New Autonomy Capabilities

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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Topcu

Keeping It Simple: Engineering Students Invent Device to Improve Physical Therapy

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Students