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

micro-robots

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.

the prototypical Trauma Pod operating suite

With SRI as lead integrator, DARPA collaborators demonstrated how a remotely operated trauma pod could deliver emergency first-response treatment in the battlefield to stabilize patients for transport.

the ARM-H robotic hand

SRI and partners are developing highly dexterous low-cost robotic hands for military applications and other real-world uses.

Products & Solutions

SRI's humanoid robot

SRI’s design can provide more than 20 times the efficiency of current humanoid robotic platforms.

close-up of underactuated hand

SRI is developing an underactuated robotic hand for dexterous manipulation of a wide variety of objects.

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

Spin-off is latest in recent wave of technologies to emerge into the market from the SRI Robotics team

Topics: Robotics
Yamaha Motobot on a racecourse

Meet the groundbreaking autonomous robot designed to beat humans in high-performance motorcycle racing.

Topics: Robotics

Known for pushing the boundaries of the field, SRI Robotics is unveiling a new humanoid robot that can operate up to 20 times more efficiently than current humanoid robotic platforms. A mass producible robotic hand and advances in wearable robotics will also be displayed.

Topics: Robotics
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.

Topics: Robotics
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.

Topics: Robotics

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.

event logo

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.

Grabit logo

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

robot arm

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 In the News

https://www.biospace.com/News/bay-areas-sri-international-spins-off-wearable/416741

BioSpace noted the launch of SRI’s latest robotics spin-off, Superflex Inc.

Topics: Robotics
http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_29799755/menlo-park-spinoff-research-giant-sri-developing-wearable

San Jose Mercury News highlighted the launch of SRI’s latest robotics spin-off, Superflex.

Topics: Robotics
http://www.massdevice.com/sri-international-spins-off-wearable-robotics-biz-superflex

MassDevice highlighted the launch of SRI’s latest robotics spin-off, Superflex.

Topics: Robotics
http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/21/sri-international-spins-off-robotics-project-as-superflex-aiming-at-human-augmentation/

TechCrunch highlighted the launch of SRI’s latest robotics spin-off, Superflex.

Topics: Robotics
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/blog/techflash/2016/04/sri-spinoff-lab-is-transforming-bodysuit-made-for.html

Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International spun off robotics lab Superflex Inc. on Thursday to develop a cutting-edge wearable suit to help disabled individuals.

Topics: Robotics
http://www.mddionline.com/article/democratizing-surgery-qa-ceo-verb-surgical-3-31-16

In an interview with Medical Device + Diagnostic Industry, the CEO of Verb Surgical noted "From the money that J&J invested with SRI, [the company licensing robotic technology to Verb], what’s been invested by J&J for instrument development and what’s been invested by Google for development...

Topics: Robotics
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2016/03/30/a-peak-inside-sris-robotics-lab.html

Silicon Valley Business Journal highlighted the innovation at SRI Robotics.

Topics: Robotics
http://www.mbtmag.com/videos/2016/03/engineering-newswire-micro-robots-manufacture-own-tools

Manufacturing Business Technology highlighted SRI's MicroFactory platform technology uses hundreds of tiny robots that work together to build macro-scale structures.

Topics: Robotics
https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/micro-robots-make-their-own-tools-use-microfactories

Cosmos highlighted SRI's MicroFactory platform technology and their potential to become "a cost-effective way to manufacture much larger structures and even to 'live' within other robots, maintaining and repairing them."

Topics: Robotics
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/sri-micro-robots-can-now-manufacture-their-own-tools

IEEE Spectrum highlighted SRI's MicroFactory platform technology. The article noted, "SRI has been experimenting with ways of adapting standardized micro robots into customized platforms designed for specific tasks by fabricating tools for them, which is a much more efficient way to do things."

Topics: Robotics

Publications

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

Topics: Robotics

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

Another transformational robotic technology from SRI is being brought to market.

What if each of us had our own heating and cooling system that could regulate our individual thermal comfort? What impact could that have on reducing overall energy consumption?

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

Topics: Robotics

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...

Topics: Robotics

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.

Topics: Robotics