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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

$40M for Next Generation Robots


Credit: NSF, NRI Funded Project by US State
US Robotics university researchers are invited to advance the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), unveiled by President Obama at Carnegie Mellon University on June 24, 2011. 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 with $40 million in grants funded by 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). So far 39 NRI projects have been  funded with $22 million.

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