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    Cutting-Edge Research
    The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group researches robotic systems with a variety of applications.
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    Applied Robotics
    UT's unique VaultBot handles nuclear and other materials that are hazardous to humans.
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    Smarter & Safer
    Our lab's systems perform hazardous tasks autonomously.

Our Mission

The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group is an interdisciplinary research group at U.T. Austin. Our Mission: develop and deploy advanced robotics in hazardous environments in order to minimize risk for the human operator. Researchers complete a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum in order to understand the requirements for deploying systems in the nuclear or other relevant domain.  The breadth and quality of the Cockrell School of Engineering and its faculty ensures we are well-qualified to develop programs in a variety of application domains (i.e. radiated, space, battlefield, medical, oil exploration, etc.).

News & Events

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:30

NRG will have four presentations at the IEEE Workshop on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts, which takes place March 8-10 in Austin, Texas. These presentations are:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 13:15

The Nuclear Robotics Group traveled to Ohio to bring two robots to the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant for the DOE-EM Science of Safety Robotics Challenge, which took place Aug. 22-25. NRG robots were featured in the video of the event (skip to 0:16 and 7:05 to see them!).

Dr. Pryor explains the first demonstration
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 03:45

The Nuclear Robotics Group gave a tour to a Chinese delegation on Oct. 14. Our group presented several different demos to our visitors.