Projects

Prof. Jake Abbott receives new $385k NIH grant for telerobotic eye surgery

Prof. Jake Abbott receives new $385k NIH grant for telerobotic eye surgery

Project title: Quantifying the Benefits of Head-mounting in Telemanipulated Robotic Eye Therapies Many of the up-and-coming therapeutic protocols in ophthalmology are technically difficult, near or beyond the limits of human ability, and are being attempted by only a few surgeons. Surgeon hand tremor combined with patient movement due […]

Prof. Mark Minor receives new $1.75M NSF grant for smart helmets

Prof. Mark Minor receives new $1.75M NSF grant for smart helmets

Project title: Reducing Traumatic Brain Injury Risk with Smart Collision Detection and MitigationThe goal of the project is to reduce the risk of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through smart technology that collects sensory data to predict and characterize impacts in real-time, optimizes protective mechanisms based on impact […]

Leang, Pardyjak, & Nevada NanoTech Receive US Army DOD Grant to Develop Chemical Sensing Aerial Robot

Leang, Pardyjak, & Nevada NanoTech Receive US Army DOD Grant to Develop Chemical Sensing Aerial Robot

Kam Leang and Eric Pardyjak partnering with company Nevada NanoTech Systems, Inc., receive US Army DOD grant to develop a chemical sensing aerial robot.  The two-year $1,000,000 (Utah’s share of $330,000) project, entitled, “STTR Phase II: Autonomous Broad Spectrum Environmental Sentinels“, will focus on developing an autonomous, hover-capable, flying […]

Prof. Jake Abbott receives funding for two-handed large-workspace haptic interface

Prof. Jake Abbott receives funding for two-handed large-workspace haptic interface

The Utah Robotics Center recently added two 7-degree-of-freedom Quanser HD^2 haptic interfaces to the shared Large Robotics Lab (valued at $191,800).  This equipment purchase was made possible with an award from the University of Utah Research Instrumentation Fund, lead by Prof. Jake Abbott, combined with generous academic discounts […]

Prof. Leang and collaborators receive new $3.8M NSF funding to work on electroactive polymer materials for soft robotics

Prof. Leang and collaborators receive new $3.8M NSF funding to work on electroactive polymer materials for soft robotics

Kam Leang in collaboration with UNLV-led team (Kwang J. Kim and Paul Oh) and other researchers receive new $3.8M NSF funding to work on electroactive polymer materials for soft robotics.Goal and Objectives: This international project addresses a technologically important issues in soft robotics. Soft robotics is an important emerging […]

Prof. Meek receives new NIH grant to work on Quadrupedal Human-Assistive Robotic Platform (Q-HARP)

Prof. Meek receives new NIH grant to work on Quadrupedal Human-Assistive Robotic Platform (Q-HARP)

NRI: Collaborative Research: Quadrupedal Human-Assistive Robotic Platform (Q-HARP)Prof. Meek receives new 3-year $119,523 NIH grant to work on Quadrupedal Human-Assistive Robotic Platform (Q-HARP).Aging of the population has become a long-term trend in the United States.  According to The State of Aging and Health in America, the U.S. […]

Prof. Leang receives NSF grant to work on temporal-spatial control of dual-stage nanopositioning systems

Prof. Leang receives NSF grant to work on temporal-spatial control of dual-stage nanopositioning systems

Prof. Leang and collaborators from industry (Molecular Vista, Inc. (MVI)) and Villanova University (Prof. Garrett Clayton) received a new NSF grant ($305,912) from Sensors, Dynamics, & Control program to study new design and control system approaches for the development of advanced nanopositioning systems for nanoscale science and engineering applications.  More […]

Prof. Abbott receives NSF Collaborative Research: Shepherding Biomedical Microswimmers Using Magnetic Fields

Prof. Abbott receives NSF Collaborative Research: Shepherding Biomedical Microswimmers Using Magnetic Fields

Jake Abbott (PI) receives NSF grant entitled, “Collaborative Research: Shepherding Biomedical Microswimmers Using Magnetic Fields”.   Total budget: $230,427, duration: 8/15/2014-8/14/2017. This project is in collaboration with Henry Fu at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Prof. Leang receives DOE STTR Phase I grant for high-speed AFM

Prof. Leang receives DOE STTR Phase I grant for high-speed AFM

Prof. Leang and industry partner Molecular Vista, Inc., San Jose, CA, recently received Dept. of Energy STTR Phase 1 grant, “Video-rate atomic force microscope for functional gas and liquid environments”.  In this 9-month project, the team plans to develop a prototype video-rate AFM system for investigating materials in […]

Prof. Meek receives NSF NRI grant: Biologically-inspired, hybrid quadruped robot control

Prof. Meek receives NSF NRI grant: Biologically-inspired, hybrid quadruped robot control

This research project is about designing better legs for legged robots. When a robot needs to move across rough terrain, as would be the case when searching for victims in a disaster area, legged robots have advantages over wheeled or tracked robots. They can traverse such terrain […]