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News Release 12-166

Nearly $50 Million in Research Funding Awarded by NSF-Led National Robotics Initiative to Develop Next-Generation Robotics

Search-and-rescue, planet exploration, home health care and drug delivery are potential applications that offer tremendous economic and societal impacts

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Photo of a person with disabilities getting help from a remote human assistant.

With the help of a remote human assistant, a person with disabilities pilots a robotic mobility and manipulation system, and opens a refrigerator door to retrieve a pre-prepared meal from home. Cooperative control leaves people with disabilities in command, and the ability to use the capabilities of both the local pilot and remote human assistant enable safe, effective and efficient operation of the robotic system in natural environments.

Credit: Rory Cooper, Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Pittsburgh

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The Congressional Robotics Caucus briefing, "The National Robotics Initiative (NRI): From Manufacturing to Medicine to Mars: Robotics Research to Transform US Industry, Jobs and the Economy," on Sept. 14, 2012 featured NSF CISE Assistant Director Farnam Jahanian (moderator) with representatives from each of the four federal government agencies involved in the NRI: Richard Voyles of NSF; Daniel Schmoldt of USDA; Grace Peng of NIH; and Robert Ambrose of NASA.

Credit: National Science Foundation