National Robotics Initiative A Positive Step

Jun 27, 2011

The National Robotics Initiative has taken a positive step towards collaborative research. The collaborative research effort brings together academic institutions, businesses, and government agencies to promote innovation and invention.It is important to understand, realize, and acknowledge the role of robots in reenergizing American manufacturing and ultimately providing new jobs. So partnerships and research such as this helps to spread the news.


Advanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Partnership:

On Fri­day, June 24th, at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma launched the Advanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Part­ner­ship (AMP). The col­lab­o­ra­tive research effort brings togeth­er lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions, busi­ness­es, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to pro­mote inno­va­tion and inven­tion.

A total of $500 mil­lion has been allot­ted for AMP. Six uni­ver­si­ties are involved at this stage includ­ing CMU, Geor­gia Tech, Stan­ford and Michi­gan. Near­ly a dozen busi­ness­es, includ­ing Ford Motor Co., Northrop Grum­man Corp., and Cater­pil­lar Inc., are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the plan. The pres­i­dent of MIT, Susan Hock­field, and the CEO of Dow Chem­i­cal, Andrew Liv­eris will head up AMP. As it turns out, Robots are a major focus of the plan as well.

The Nation­al Robot­ics Ini­tia­tive and the Future of Robots:

Sev­en­ty mil­lion dol­lars in AMP fund­ing is ear­marked for robot­ic research and inno­va­tion, termed The Nation­al Robot­icsIni­tia­tive. The Nation­al Robot­ics Ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ed by a num­ber of gov­ern­ment agen­cies includ­ing NASA, the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, and The Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health.

Robots have an impor­tant role to play in reen­er­giz­ing Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ing and ulti­mate­ly cre­at­ing new jobs. At CMU, Oba­ma point­ed out that the ini­tia­tive’s pur­pose is to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment and use of robots in the Unit­ed States that work beside, or coop­er­a­tive­ly with, peo­ple.“

The chief focus of The Nation­al Robot­ics Ini­tia­tive is mak­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive human and robot work pos­si­ble. Such tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ments would tru­ly change the way work is accom­plished, the way robots are viewed, and man­u­fac­tur­ing in gen­er­al. There are many robot­ic trans­for­ma­tions that will have to take place before this coop­er­a­tion can occur — changes to robot soft­ware, hard­ware, etc. But fed­er­al back­ing and fund­ing may be the best way to accel­er­ate inno­va­tion.

Read more about the ben­e­fits of col­lab­o­ra­tive indus­tri­al robots.
Find infor­ma­tion on the Nation­al Robot­ics Ini­tia­tive.

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