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.
Construction begins on Anna Hiss Gym to house robotics programs
Last week, construction began on the Anna Hiss Gymnasium to house UT robotics programs.
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.
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.
Peter Stone Interview
Peter Stone was interviewed for Manuel Sagars' upcoming documentary on "Digital Transformation." You can watch the interview or read the transcript
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
Reinforcement Learning Key to Championship Soccer
Forget about robots stealing your job. Peter Stone is working on robots who can steal Ronaldo’s job.
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
Scientists Imbue Robots with Curiosity
UT Professor Peter Stone is featured in this article from the AAAS Science Magazine
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).
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.
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.
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
Keeping It Simple: Engineering Students Invent Device to Improve Physical Therapy
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. Dr. Sulzer and his students went straight to work to address the problem.
Faculty Spotlight: Joydeep Biswas
Joydeep Biswas is a core faculty member at Texas Robotics leading research on long-term autonomy through his research group, the Autonomous Mobile Robotics Laboratory (AMRL)
AMRL's focus is working to enable robots to navigate and reason in unstructured human environments over extended periods of time.. Recently, AMRL's research culminated in an autonomous deployment on a trail through Eastwoods Park in Austin, Texas. The robot was able to navigate the terrain autonomously, using the insights it had learned from human demonstrations and its own observations.
Student Spotlight: Elena Soto
Elena Soto is a Master's student at Texas Robotics and member of the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular Robotics Laboratory (ReNue). She is graduating this summer and currently looking for a post-graduate position.
Elena has been developing a system that enables robotic arms to understand human movement and translate it into robotic movement, giving people with spinal cord injuries the ability to perform tasks that they could not otherwise perform. With the potential to transform the lives of people with spinal cord injuries, Elena's work is a testament to the dedication of students at Texas Robotics to make the world a better place.
Outracing champion Gran Turismo drivers with deep reinforcement learning
Joint project with Sony AI, and colleagues at Texas Robotics featured in Nature
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.
My crafting makes me a better engineer—but it took me a while to realize
Texas Robotics graduate student, Christina Petlowany, shares how her experiences with crafting have helped her skills as an engineer.