Since its inception, NSF has supported the fundamental research and education in computing and engineering that enabled robotics to develop in the U.S. From robot sensing and mobility to cognition and resiliency, new discoveries by NSF-supported researchers are advancing the field.
Cooperative robots, or co-robots, increasingly interact with people in a variety of settings. These robot partners can increase the efficiency, productivity and safety of humans in areas from manufacturing and disaster response to health care and education.
Universe of robots
Long a fixture on the factory floor, co-robots will soon inspect infrastructure, deliver medicine inside our bodies and enable disabled individuals to walk using their minds. A synthesis of discoveries throughout the field will make incredible new robot applications part of our everyday lives.
Scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks — from disaster recovery to caring for the elderly — safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines.