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App. B—Commissioned Background Papers

efforts in related areas. The University of Massachusetts is doing work in visual in–

terpretation of tomatic assembly.

natural ($125K

scenes and design of parts for au–

per

year)

They

have

just

received

an

NSF

grant

for $157K to study

“Economic Applications of

Assembly Robots University of

. Maryland

Computer

Vison

lab

under

Azriel

Rosenfeld is doing work on a jects including robot vision

number of image processing pro-

and

methods

for

using

visual

knowledge year)

in

interpreting

images.

(over

$1 Million per

University of Rochester under Herb Voelcker is developing advanced methods of representing three dimensional shapes in

a computer memory.

The result

graphics

language

called PADL

ing the way

future

computer

designed.

Much of

this is

of this work is a computer which is profoundly influenc- graphics systems are being being done with NSF funding.

($85, 576 in FY81) Rensselear Polytech Institute under

Herb

Freeman

studying the generation dimensional curved surface

of computer models objects. ($98K)

for

is

also three-

University University

of of

Arizona is doing teleoperator

Wisconsin

is

doing

work

in

work. machine

($113K) vision.

($60K) Ohio State University under

Robert

McGhee

is

working

on

dynamics

and

control of industrial manipulators and legged

locomotion systems. funded McGhee to

($125K build

from

NSF)

and

test

DARPA has recently a man-carrying walking

machine. in FY82.

This project is funded

at $250K in

FY81

and

$630K

Battelle

Labs

are

cooperating

with

Ohio

State

University in this effort.

University of Illinois,

University of Pennsylvania,

Univer-

sity small

of Washington, and research projects in

the University of

robotics,

and

robot

Texas all have related work.

Total National Science

Foundation

funding

for university

research

in

robotics

and related

fields is

on the order of

$5 million per

other

sources

year. such

Additional

university

as

industrial

affiliates

funding

from

and

internal

university funding may run

another

$4

million

per

year.

University research two professors and a grant in robotics year.

few

graduate

students.

The average

NSF

and

related

fields is

around $150K

per

tends

toward small projects of one or

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