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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New American Robotics Network Launched

NFS Roboics Research Funding Map 2011
A new American Robotics Network called Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics-VO) has been launched. The aim of the network is to maintenance of a research roadmap for robotics in the US, to support for educational efforts across all levels, to document and promote processes to ensure adoption of robotics technology by industry and society at large and to disseminate information about robotics.
A discussion about the revision of the roadmap will be launched before end of November 2011 and it is planned to have a revised roadmap published by May 2012. The roadmap process is managed by prof. Vijay Kumar, UPENN and prof. Henrik I Christensen, GaTech.
National Robotics Initiative
The network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NSF, as part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI). The goal of the NRI is to accelerate the development and use of robots in the United States that work beside, or cooperatively with, people. Innovative robotics research and applications emphasizing the realization of such co-robots acting in direct support of and in a symbiotic relationship with human partners is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation/ (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration/ (NASA), the National Institutes of Health/ (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/ (USDA).
The purpose of this program is the development of this next generation of robotic/s, to advance the capability and usability of such systems and artifacts, and to encourage existing and new communities to focus on innovative application areas. It will address the entire life cycle from fundamental research and development to industry  manufacturing and deployment/.  Methods for the establishment and infusion of robotics in educational curricula and research/ to gain a better understanding of the long term social, behavioral and economic implications of co-robots across all areas of human activity are important parts of this initiative. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and other organizations/ is strongly encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and technology development, deployment and use.

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