Tue, 09/10/2013 - 08:00
a researcher holds his hand out to a robotic arm

Our IRAD industrial dual-arm robot was programmed and tested with compliant behavior. Watch the Youtube video here.

This is a big deal because robots in the past have either been strong and stiff (like most industrial robots) or compliant and safe (like the Meka Dreamer). But, there hasn't been much crossover. Now, we show a compliant robot that's capable of performing industrial tasks. This was possible due to the high bandwidth of our Agile Planet controllers, which provide control rates up to 1,000 Hz.

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:00
photograph of robotic arms inside a glovebox

IRAD System tested inside glovebox

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:00

Kyle Schroeder travelled to Aachen Germany to present his paper entitled "Framework for the use of generalized force and torque data in transitional levels of autonomy," at the International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA) in Aachen, Germany held December 6-8th.  Kyle sent an informal summary of the papers to the rest of our research group which is available after the break.

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:00

Josh Williams formed his committee and proposed his research topic titled, "Incorporation of robotics into an improved system design methodology for optimization of occupational radiation protection." This efforts is intended to employ form design synthesis methodologies that better integrated automation into the traditional nuclear handling design space (process selection, sheilding, distance, etc.) in hopes of further reducing operator dosage, completing processes more reliably and better evaluating automation in an environment that is understandably cautious of such approaches even

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:00
screenshot showing a video of a robotic arm above a console displaying data

The Cylindrical Projection Histogram is a new feature developed at NRG to handle the problem of object recognition inside a glovebox. The feature is computed from point cloud images and is designed to handle objects that are challenging due to their sparse texture and reflective optical properties. This video shows some early results on challenging objects in a glovebox.

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:15
Nuclear Energy University Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Adam Allevato and Matthew Horn both received 3-year PhD fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Program. Adam is working to bring computer vision to robotics in the DOE complex, and Matt is expanding our capabilities for smart robotic grasping and implmenting that work at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Congratulations to our NEUP fellows!

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:30
Adept Pioneer LX robot, with attached sensors and computers, in the NRG lab

We would like to welcome our newest mechanical lab member, the Adept Pioneer LX - known to us as "Johnson." Johnson is a mobile robot designed for use in non-contact tasks - primarily vault inspection and radiation surveying. One of our newest human lab members, Meredith Pitsch, is upgrading Johnson with sensing and mapping hardware, working towards a fully autonomous inventory procedure.

You can see Johnson in action here.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:45
close-up of camera on the front of a yellow, wheeled robot

Our VaultBot was recently showcased on IEEE Spectrum Robotics' Video Friday along with a bunch of other cool robots around the country! Check it out at http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-ollie-roboraven-turtlebot.

We're hard at work building up VaultBot's capabilities...stay tuned!

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 08:45
photograph of a wheeled robot with two robotic arms and a display screen

The Nuclear & Applied Robotics Group (robotics.me.utexas.edu) at the University of Texas at Austin is looking for one outstanding candidate to fill a postdoctoral position in the area of mobile manipulation. The appointment is for one year and renewable yearly by mutual agreement. The candidate must have completed their degree within the last three years and be a US citizen. The start date for the position is ideally September 1, 2014.