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Nearly $50 million in research funding awarded by NSF
Date:9/17/2012

ications for surgery, health intervention, prostheses, rehabilitation, behavioral therapy, personalized care and wellness/health promotion for NIH; promoting robotics research, applications, and education to enhance food production, processing and distribution that benefits consumers and rural communities for USDA; and advancing fundamental robotics research across all areas of national priority for NSF, including advanced manufacturing.

"Harnessing the expertise of the private and public sectors, across many disciplines will advance smart technology and ultimately revolutionize key drivers of America's productivity, economic competitiveness and quality of life," said Farnam Jahanian, assistant director of NSF's CISE Directorate.

Each federal agency announced its awards this morning. Later today, representatives from each participating agency will brief the Congressional Robotics Caucus. For details please see the notice on the Congressional Robotics Caucus website.


What follows is the list of the NSF-funded projects and principal investigators leading the research from each participating university. For projects that involve multiple institutions, the lead institution (and PI) is noted with an asterisk.

Collaborative Research: Multilateral Manipulation by Human-Robot Collaborative Systems
*Stanford University (Allison Okamura). University of California - Santa Cruz (Jacob Rosen), Johns Hopkins University (Gregory Hager), University of California - Berkeley (Pieter Abbeel)

This project seeks to emulate the expert-apprentice relationship using human beings and robots. It focuses on developing ways in which robots can learn from human activity in order to help humans by providing more hands, eyes and brain power as necessary, enabling multilateral manipulation from multiple vantage points. Applications in the manufacturing plant or in the operating room are potentially numerous.

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Contact: Lisa-Joy Zgorski
lisajoy@nsf.gov
703-292-8311
National Science Foundation
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