RE2 Robotics to Supply HDMS Technology to UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory
PITTSBURGH — RE2 Robotics announced in a Aug. 1 release that the company was selected by Dr. Veronica J. Santos, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and director of the UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory, to provide an enhanced Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) and integration services for her laboratory’s haptics research. RE2 received $1.3 million for its technology and services.
Santos was awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research titled, “Field deployable, bimanual mobile manipulator system for research on haptics-enabled dexterous manipulation” to procure RE2’s HDMS robot. RE2 will also provide software services, including the development of a ROS-JAUS [Robot Operating System-Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems] translator, in support of Santos’ program.
“Our team is excited to work with the next-generation manipulation system to be provided by RE2,” Santos stated. “The platform will be invaluable to our efforts to develop multisensory driven, bimanual manipulation capabilities on par with those of humans, and to support and safeguard our nation’s servicemen.
“The goal of UCLA’s research is to develop haptics-enabled capabilities for teleoperated mobile manipulation robots that support human-in-the-loop explosive ordnance disposal missions, whether on the ground or underwater,” said Jorgen Pedersen, president and chief executive operator of RE2 Robotics. “Our HDMS technology will provide Dr. Santos and her researchers with human-like manipulation capabilities to perform such complex tasks.”