ACT Hand

ACT Hand (ReNeu Lab) - The Anatomically Correct Testbed (ACT) hand has been designed to match the biomechanics of the human hand including the joint structure, and muscle and tendon routing. The long-term goals of this project are to achieve human-like dexterity in robotic hand and enhance the understanding of human hand functionality through experiments with a robotic platform. It has been used to study precise in-hand object manipulation to gain an insight into how human brain controls various muscles of the hand.

BWIBots (Learning Agents Research Group) - The mission of the Building-Wide Intelligence project is to develop fully-autonomous mobile robots which act as a permanent part of the environment at the Gates-Dell Complex. To this end, the BWIBots have been developed to serve as a fleet of robots for research in artificial intelligence and human-robot interaction, and also as a longitudinal real-world deployment that is part of the building's culture. Research themes include machine learning, planning, language learning, human-robot interaction, and long-term deployment.


Gemini (Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL)) - Gemini is a mobile manipulation platform designed for performing a variety of tasks in the home and workplace. It is equipped with two compliant 7-DOF Kinova JACO2 arms mounted on an omnidirectional base. Sensing includes a Kinect One RGB-D camera mounted on a pan-tilt unit, as well as a laser scanner on the mobile base.

HARMONY (ReNeu Lab) - Harmony is an upper body exoskeleton developed for the rehabilitation of arms and shoulder. Harmony powers the movements of the arms and shoulders by guiding subject’s limbs through the correct movement pattern, bearing the weight of the limbs, assisting or resisting the movements, and encouraging patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation setting. Harmony’s abilities have been successfully tested on healthy subjects and currently we are conducting trials with stroke patients.


Herbie (Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group): A serial manipulator test-bed for developing software to control HEBI series elastic motor modules. Final application is a serial robotic arm mounted on a mobile base to assist with surveying, maneuvering, and collecting samples in a hazardous environment.

MAESTRO (ReNeu Lab) - Maestro is an active hand exoskeleton, designed and developed in ReNeu Robotics lab as a platform to develop and study novel methods of hand rehabilitation. With multiple sensors and remotely located motors, Maestro can apply forces and torques to the fingers and move fingers through natural range of motion. Using Maestro we are studying the therapeutic effects of exercises delivered by a robot and ability to provide assistance for people with hand disabilities resulting from stroke and spinal cord injury.

Sia5 robot

Multi-use Workcell (Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group) - A Yaskawa 7DOF SIA5 with a Robotiq gripper and F/T sensor sits inside a regulation DOE glovebox and is designed to perform multiple manufacturing tasks (both contact and non-contact) in the presence of uncertainty (i.e. without fixitures).

NAO RoboCup Team (Learning Agents Research Group) - The Softbank NAO robot is used by the UT Austin Villa RoboCup team to compete in the annual RoboCup Standard Platform League soccer competition. This humanoid robot perceives the world through two cameras and IMU sensors and uses this information to control each of its joints to walk, kick, as well as high-level planning. Some of the key research challenges are computer vision under computation and time constraints, transfer of skills learned in simulation to hardware, and distributed strategy in the presence of noisy communication.

NAO robot soccer
Sandy robot

Sandy (Product, Process, & Material Design Lab / 3D Printing in Construction Group) - Sandy is a Yaskawa Motoman (MH80 II) high speed 6-axis robot for additively manufacturing concrete structures. This robot has a payload of 80 kg and reach of over 2 meters. In addition to Yaskawa software, this manipulator can be driven using ROS-based motion planners such as Descarte allowing for precise yet flexible control of the EEF in terms of both position and speed.

Snapdragon quadrotorss (u-t autonomous Lab) - Small and agile quadrotors which runs the PX4 Flight Stack Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight platform. The quadrotors are equipped with numerous sensors such as GPS, WiFi, Optic Flow, and a 4K camera, making it a valuable testbed for planning and control algorithms.

Stewie robot

Stewie (Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group) - Stewie is a Universal Robots UR3 acquired by NRG in April 2016. Stewie primarily serves as a testbed for hardware and software applications in industrial robotics. Currently, Stewie is being used to demonstrate the use of a LeapMotion VR controller in teleoperated tasks where fine positioning and motion is required, such as explosive ordnance disposal. Past projects have included the vision-based precision manipulation of small components.

Toyota Human Support Robot (Multiple labs) - The HSR is used in partnership with Toyota both to the ends of research in multiple labs and for competition in RoboCup@Home. In our first year of competition at RoboCup@Home, our team, UT Austin Villa @ Home placed third, with only 3 months to prepare for the competition. Research themes for the HSR are similar to those for the BWIBots, but the setting in which the HSR is intended to be deployed is a domestic environment. To this end, high-level tasks that it is intended to perform include things such as setting a table, cleaning it up, and responding to verbal instructions.

Gait trainer

Underactuated Robotic Gait Trainer (ReWire) - An affordable, individual-specific and bilateral robotic gait trainer system for neurologically impaired individuals is under development. Novel multi-linkage mechanisms driven by a single actuator allow patients to receive effective rehabilitative care with a customized gait pattern,

VaultBot (Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group) - Inspection robot for use in nuclear and other hazardous environments. With two UR5 manipulators mounted on a husky mobile platform, the VaultBot can perform various types of tasks semi-autonomously. Tasks include: Visual, radiation, thermal, and pointcloud scanning/inspection, teleoperation, completing contact tasks, and navigation using 3D scan data.