Robotics Institute

Michigan takes first place at Exoskeleton Competition

The STARX suit helps first-responders bear greater weights and spend less energy.|Medium Read
A robot leg practices walking on a treadmill

Open-source bionic leg: First-of-its-kind platform aims to rapidly advance prosthetics

'This represents the future of research—rapid prototyping of open source robotic hardware and embedded systems with shared code.'|Medium Read
Prof. Chad Jenkins, seen here with a Fetch robot

A quicker eye for robotics to help in our cluttered, human environments

New algorithm can help robots go from structured environments like factories to complex, unstructured places like our homes. |Medium Read
Mangelson launches autonomous vehicle

Speaking like dolphins, a robot fleet takes on underwater tasks

Robot teams could inspect pipelines, dams, ships and more|Medium Read
air traffic control tower

Decentralized air traffic control for drone-laden skies

Autonomous control laws enable crash-free flights.|Medium Read
construction worker reads plans

Virtual reality job trials for collaborative robots

Before taking on a job, new robots can be tested with human coworkers in virtual reality.|Medium Read
Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, and of electrical engineering and computer science, College of Engineering.

Assistant Professor Matthew Johnson-Roberson receives Henry Russel Award

Johnson-Roberson is one of four UM faculty members selected to receive a Henry Russel Award for 2019. The Award is one of the university’s highest honors for junior faculty members.|Short Read
two driverless shuttles parked on the road

Mcity Driverless Shuttle launches on U-M’s North Campus

U-M’s North Campus is now home to the first driverless shuttle project in the U.S. focusing on user behavior research.|Medium Read

The beanbag test

It’s one thing for a robot to sort through a pile of rigid objects like blocks, but what about softer stuff?|Medium Read
An autonomous vehicle on the road

Ann Arbor: A hub for autonomous vehicles

Ann Arbor is emerging as a major player in the world of autonomous vehicles with the Mcity test facility, a one-of-a-kind simulated urban and suburban environment. |Medium Read
Cassie robot takes her first steps

Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.|Medium Read
A jerboa from several angles

From rodent to robot

How a hopping mouse and information theory could inform robotic locomotion|Medium Read