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Robotics research at Khoury College is creating the intellect that will power the robots of tomorrow. From drones to driverless cars, robotic systems that were once only dreamed of are becoming reality. However, until they can interact with the everyday world as fluently as humans, robots will remain limited. Truly fluid interaction necessitates advances in computer vision, planning and control, perception and human robot interaction—all areas that are pushing robotics research at Northeastern forward.

Areas of investigation:

  • Computer vision
  • Field robotics
  • Human robot interaction
  • Multi-robot coordination
  • Robot manipulation

Robotics is a rapidly growing area of interdisciplinary research at Khoury. We work closely with our colleagues in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. We have a strong focus on fielding physical systems that demonstrate unique capabilities.

Notable achievements:

  • Northeastern is one of only two Universities in the US to be awarded an R5 Valkyrie robot from NASA. Researchers will work to develop the capabilities needed for the robot to go to Mars.
  • Khoury researchers, with funding from the National Science Foundation and in collaboration with UMass Lowell, are developing semi-autonomous robotic grasping capabilities to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
  • Our research has helped developed computational emotional and social models for characters that embed a virtual world.
  • In collaboration with TracLABS, Northeastern students and faculty placed 9th overall in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.
  • A demo of Khoury’s coordinated team of robots optimizing beer delivery was covered by Wired, the Boston Globe, Popular Science, Engadget, the Huffington Post, the LA Times and several other outlets.

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