Robotics

SRI is delivering the promise of state-of-the-art robotics to government and commercial markets. Our robotics teams invent, apply, and commercialize components, software, and systems that are spearheading the robot revolution. Examples of our innovations include:

SRI researchers have a long, rich tradition of pushing the boundaries of robotics. Our heritage includes the foundational intellectual property (IP) used in Shakey the Robot, Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci surgical system, and the enabling patents for electroactive polymer artificial muscle. Our pioneering developments in robotics have evolved into a solid, comprehensive program that spans multiple disciplines and features expertise in artificial intelligence, algorithm development, sensors research, and product development.

Projects

SRI's micro robots arrayed on a surface

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

green boxes highlighting people walking on street

SRI’s vision-based systems enable safe operations of moving unmanned ground vehicles around stationary and moving people in urban or cluttered environments.

illustration of a security camera with watching eyes

SRI’s visual intelligence system could enable a new era in unmanned robotic surveillance.

Products & Solutions

magnetic encoding equipment

Until recently, there has not been a reliable, accurate, and inexpensive means to sense the motion and location of machine components such as hydraulic cylinders.

SRI is developing Taurus, a potentially life-saving telemanipulation tool for military and domestic bomb squads to defuse vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). Following field trials, Taurus is being actively transitioned for commercial transfer. A regional bomb squad has been...

Karto software

Decades of leading-edge SRI robotics and artificial intelligence research has produced Karto™—robust software for use in robotic navigation, mapping, and exploration.

man remotely guiding a surgical robot

SRI’s telerobotic surgical system, M7, expands the reach of surgical intervention by enhancing the precision of minimally invasive procedures and enabling surgeons to operate from afar.

demonstration of artificial muscle

SRI has patented a thin, flexible, smart material dubbed “artificial muscle” because it behaves much like a human muscle. Artificial muscle, available for license from SRI for a variety of application areas, uses a breakthrough technology called electroactive polymers.

electroadhesion demonstrated with a wall-climbing robot

SRI’s breakthrough electroadhesion technology, available for license, allows electrically controlled reversible adhesion
 to most surfaces.

electroadhesive surface-climbing robot

SRI offers licenseable surface- and wall-climbing robot prototypes for surveillance, inspection, and sensor placement applications.

Press Releases

SRI's Taurus robot

SRI International will host Xconomy’s annual technology forum, Robo Madness West, on April 7, 2015, from 1 to 5 p.m. at SRI’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

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Ekso exoskeleton robot

Ekso Bionics has teamed with SRI's Robotics Program and Stanford University to create a light, strong exoskeleton with a full range of motion.

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PPMD has announced a collaboration with Solid Ventures to engage SRI in the research and development of the "Solid Suit," a soft, wearable assistive device for people with Duchenne.

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Taking place during National Robotics Week, the event brings together some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders to discuss current trends in robotics while exploring the business, social and innovation implications for the coming years.

recovery of Bluefin-12 S from A-frame

Advanced hydrocarbon survey capabilities of the integrated system are ideally suited for oil and gas data collection requirements.

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Grabit, an SRI spin-off company, is commercializing cutting-edge electroadhesion technology for manufacturing and logistics.

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Leading thinkers and innovators will gather at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park, California on April 11 to explore how robots are transforming the economy at Xconomy’s "Robots Remake the Workplace."

SRI International, a leader in robotics innovations for more than 50 years, will host the Xconomy Forum: The Future of Robotics in Silicon Valley and Beyond, on Thursday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at SRI's headquarters in Menlo Park, followed by a networking reception.

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SRI will demonstrate its Taurus robot, a high fidelity telemanipulation tool with a 3D HD display.

SRI In the News

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. will partner with Silicon Valley Robotics and SRI to foster development of the robotics market and create new lending opportunities.

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IEEE Spectrum highlighted SRI Robotics' Taurus system.

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Researchers at SRI have developed insect-size robots that can manufacture microstructures that are too small and complex to be built by current machinery or by hand.

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Xconomy highlighted their Robo Madness West conference at SRI.

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MIT Technology Review highlighted SRI's robotics program in an article on advances in affordable robotics.

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GE's Invention Factory highlights SRI Robotics.

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From Apple's iPhone assistant Siri (created by SRI) to the mechanized attendants at Japan's first robot-staffed hotel, a seemingly disproportionate percentage of artificial intelligence systems have female personas. Why?

What are the real problems that robots can solve? How are startups and big companies thinking about the opportunities and building their business? And where will the U.S. and Silicon Valley rank in the global competition for commercial robotics? Xconomy’s fourth annual robotics event will tackle...

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Ekso exoskeleton robot

SRI is teaming with Ekso Bionics to create a new generation of high-performance exoskeletons for U.S. SOCOM.

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SRI is involved in developing ant-like micro-robots that can reliably handle solid and liquid materials, including those used in electronics. According to SRI, the micro-robots (referred to by some as “labs on a chip”) are designed to create a better way to assemble components and small structures.

Events

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SRI's Robotics Program will demonstrate its solutions in booth 220.

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SRI's Taurus robot

SRI Robotics will demonstrate the Taurus Dexterous Robot at the event's New Technology Exposition & Exhibitor Show.

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SRI Robotics will demonstrate its latest low-cost robotics innovations.

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Publications

This paper addresses a new control strategy to reduce the damage to a humanoid robot during a fall. Instead

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This paper proposes a real-time navigation approach that is able to integrate many sensor types while fulfilling performance needs and system constraints.

In this paper, published in the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), we demonstrate our approach provides highly-accurate solutions on large-scale real data sets using multiple sensors in GPS-denied settings.

Autonomous robotic “fetch” operation, where a robot is shown a novel object and then asked to locate it in the field, re- trieve it and bring it back to the human operator, is a challenging problem that is of interest to the military.

In this paper, published in Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012. We present a system for detecting pedestrians at long ranges using a combination of stereo-based detection, classification using deep learning, and a cascade of specialized classifiers.

High-performance dense stereo is a critical component of computer vision applications like 3D reconstruction, robot navigation, and augmented reality. In this paper, we present a low-power, high performance FPGA implementation of a stereo algorithm suitable for embedded real-time platforms.

In this paper, published in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. We present a novel computationally efficient approach to obstacle detection that is applicable to both structured (e.g. indoor, road) and unstructured (e.g. off-road, grassy terrain) environments.

In this paper, published in IEEE. International Conference on Robotics and Automation. We present a novel LIDAR streaming architecture for real-time, on-board processing using unmanned robots.

Blog Posts

SRI's Rich Mahoney discusses advances in manufacturing next-generation robotic manipulation.

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When people think about robotics today, they tend to think of hard and rigid metal structures driven by powerful motors. Many robots do in fact have hard structures (not to mention hard and rigid actuators, sensors and grippers), which can make them heavy, slow, inefficient, expensive, and...

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As the robotics revolution takes place all around us, SRI is advancing the robotics conversation and the research and technology development that will bring whole new robotics approaches to the market.

Rich Mahoney's list of nine emerging robotics companies to watch.

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