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Exploratory Workshop on the Social Impacts of Robotics

Stanford received about $200K in FY81 from NSF.

There

are

about 14 graduate students working on various projects.

MIT has had a major robotics effort at Stanford. At present, Danny Hillis and building robot skin made of thin sheets

least as long as John Hollerbach are of rubber lined with

tiny wires give robots

vision

and

that

detect pressure.

These are being used to

a sense of touch,

MIT also is active

programming

languages.

Tom

Sheridan

in of

robot MIT is

working on Supervisory

Control of Teleoperators.

This

work

is

currently

directed

toward

undersea

work

and

is

partially

funded by Naval Ocean Systems Center in San MIT funding is around one million per year. Research provides approximately 700K of this

Diego. Office of amount.

Total Naval

Carnegie-Mellon University has recently

Institute

directed

by

Raj

Reddy

with

formed

a

funding

from

Robotics Westing-

house, ONR, DARPA and other industrial sponsors.

The

tute

has

programs

in

flexible

assembly,

machining,

Insti- sensory

systems,

vision,

mobility

and

intelligent

systems.

In

its

less than two years of significant achievements

existence the Institute has recorded

in

the

expansion

of

sensory

capa-

bilities

of

machines,

the

integration

of

several

machines

into cells carrying

vision

and

optics

out complex tasks, to a wide range of

the application industrial tasks,

of the

development of new robot artificial intelligence to

mechanisms, and the application of the management of evolving intel-

ligent ing it

technologies. one of the

Total funding is over $3 million, mak- best funded major university projects.

Office of Naval Research contributes year to Carnegie-Mellon University,

approximately

500K

per

Rhode Island University has an impressive effort directed by

John Birk on general

methods to enable robots with vision to

acquire,

orient,

and

transport

workplaces.

The

Rhode

Island

robot was the

first to pick

oriented parts.

Rhode Island

terous Funding liates,

robot grippers and from NSF is $210K per about $750K per gear.

parts out of a bin of randomly is also doing work on dex- robot programming languages. year and from industrial affi-

Tessar

is

and

robot

University of

Florida

under Del

teleoperators,

force

feedback,

doing work in kinematics and

dynamics. State of

Funding from the Florida amounts to

Department of Energy,

about

$1

million

per

NSF,

year.

and

Purdue

University

is

doing

research

in

robot

control

sys-

tems, robot programming, languages, machine modeling of part flow through industrial plants.

vision, Total

and NSF

funding to Purdue is about $400K over A number of Universities have smaller

a four year period.

robotics

efforts,

or

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