Big, small, creeping, crawling, jumping, soft, slimy, furry robots
Robots are about to enter daily life just as computers did three decades ago.
The increasing presence of assistive robotics technologies in factories, hospitals, cars, farms, homes and beyond is the result of nearly half a century of US federal investments in fundamental science and engineering research.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been at the forefront of these investments, supporting U.S. leadership in robotics for economic prosperity, national security and improved quality of life.
With the five-year anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) this month and the American robotics market picking up speed, NSF is this week presenting a robot extravaganza, starting with the launch of a new special report and communications series on robotics.
Big, small, creeping, crawling, jumping, soft, slimy, furry — robots of all shapes and sizes are supported through NSF-funded projects.
Designed and created by innovative NSF-funded researchers, robotics technologies will be highlighted this week in:
- The special report, A foundation for robotics: Designing cooperative, intelligent systems for the future, to serve as a portal to stories on sensors, mobility, computer vision, artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge research and education projects;
- An infographic that shows various areas of investigation related to robotics, supported by NSF, as well as data on five years of NRI investments;
- A new video, Generation Robot, highlighting the past, present and future of robotics — including music played by robots;
- A Hill event, hosted by Congressional Robotics Caucus, focused on achievements in collaborative robotics supported by NSF-led coalition of federal research agencies;
- Sharable motivational posters for robots intended to inspire the next generation of robots to overcome key robotics challenges.
Use the hashtag #GenerationR to join the extravaganza and ponder the next generation of robotics.
Picture caption: Basic research breakthroughs by NSF-funded researchers are realizing the vision of universal robots. Matei Ciocarlie, shown here, is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University. Ciocarlie’s main interest is in reliable robotic performance in unstructured, human environments, focusing on areas such as novel robotic hand designs and control, autonomous and Human-in-the-Loop mobile manipulation, shared autonomy, teleoperation, and assistive robotics. Credit: Patrick Schulman– NSC