The Robotics Center at the University of Utah conducts cutting-edge research in Robotic Manipulation, focusing on advancing robotic systems' ability to interact with and manipulate objects in various environments. Researchers explore novel algorithms, grippers, and control strategies to enhance dexterity, precision, and adaptability in manipulation tasks. This research has broad applications in manufacturing automation, warehouse logistics, healthcare robotics, and assistive technologies. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative approaches, the center aims to develop next-generation robotic manipulation systems that can handle complex tasks efficiently and accurately, paving the way for advancements in robotics technology and industrial automation.

Magnetic & Medical Robotics Lab

Jake Abbott, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Magnetic & Medical Robotics Lab in the Robotics Center has many projects that incorporate magnetic technologies in robotics, with a large focus on the use of magnetic fields to dexterously manipulate objects without any physical contact. Many of our projects consider medical applications of robotics, with a large focus on the application of magnetics in medical robotics. Some of our projects consider a human operator as a physical element of the control loop, which is a topic referred to as "haptics", and most of our haptics projects are aimed at medical applications or use magnetic technologies.

Utah Learning Lab for
Manipulation Autonomy (LL4MA)

Tucker Hermans, PhD

Associate Professor
Kahlert School of Computing

Our research focuses on autonomous learning, planning, and perception for robot manipulation. We are particularly interested in enabling robots to autonomously discover and manipulate objects with which they have no previous knowledge or experience.