Collaboration Makes the Robots Go Round

automationOregon State University scientists and engineers will be founding partners in the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub. As part of the 14th Manufacturing USA Institute, it is a $3 billion federal and private partnership aimed at enhancing U.S. advanced manufacturing competitiveness.

This new robotics hub will be led by American Robotics Inc. in Pittsburgh and includes 40 academic institutions, 123 businesses and industrial partners, and 64 government and nonprofit organizations. The U.S. Department of Defense made the announcement in mid-January.

OSU researchers will help lead collaborative efforts here in the Pacific Northwest aimed at making advancements in robotic dexterous manipulation, navigation, mobility, perception, and other fields.

“We’ll be leveraging our world-class robotics faculty in collaboration with our colleagues in mechanical, industrial, manufacturing engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science,” OSU College of Engineering associate professor Bill Smart, robotics education and research leader, said in a recent press release. “OSU is perfectly positioned for this institute since it has strengths in all of the areas, and a long history of actually reaching out to and working with industry. This is squarely in OSU’s wheelhouse, given our long history and deep experience of working with Oregon companies on projects that bring real, tangible benefits to the local and national economies.”

Research and development conducted by the new institute will also facilitate education opportunities and workforce training through a nationwide network of regional collaborative efforts.

By Matthew Hunt