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News Release 16-065

Want to learn about robots of all shapes and sizes? You've come to the right place.

NSF investments in fundamental engineering and science research have led to the development of robots for nearly all societal sectors, including cooperative robots as part of the National Robotics Initiative

Photo of Matei Ciocarlie standing next to a robot

Basic research breakthroughs by NSF-funded researchers are realizing the vision of universal robots.

June 6, 2016

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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 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 this week presents 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:

Use the hashtag #GenerationR to join the extravaganza and ponder the next generation of robotics.


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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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