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    Smarter & Safer
    Our lab's systems perform hazardous tasks autonomously.
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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.

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

From left to right: Chris Suarez, Edwin Paredes, Conor McMahon, Christina Petlowany, Nick Hashem
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 15:45

Five new graduate students joined the Nuclear Robotics group in the fall of 2016. They will work on everything from simulation to neutron radiography automation. Welcome to our new members!

From left to right: Chris Suarez, Edwin Paredes, Conor McMahon, Christina Petlowany, Nick Hashem

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 14:45

Our postdoc researcher Dr. Karl Kruusamäe was recently featured by Southwest Research Institute, presenting his human-centered teleoperation system capable of threading a needle. Watch the video on the ROS-Industrial blog.

Mitch Pryor and student
Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:15

Dr. Mitch Pryor recently visited the Savannah River Site to discuss robotics' role in nuclear waste cleanup for the DOE. Read about the visit