The haptic underwater robotics spinoff BluHaptics has received an NSF Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant. The $747,179 grant will fund the company’s remotely operated vehicle software. Geekwire profiled the company and its research in an online article. More information can also be found on the BluHaptics website.
The Raven surgical robot was featured in episode 5 of “Heartbeat”, NBC’s new medical drama. Check out the episode here.
Also, BRL’s spinoff company Applied Dexterity took Raven to NASA as a part of efforts to take the surgical robot to the International Space Station. Applied Dexterity talked about their visit here.
Medtronic has released a video featuring the work of Jeffrey Herron, Dr Howard Chizeck, and neurosurgeon collaborator Dr Andrew Ko. Their new deep brain stimulation hardware can sense neural signals as well as stimulate. Jeffrey has used their system to modulate stimulation and lay the groundwork for further volitional control. Read the article here and watch the video below.
Congratulations to BRL and EE Assistant Professor Sam Burden on receiving two funding awards! He received a two-year award from the Research Initiation Initiative Award from the NSF Cyber-Physical Systems Program in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate. This is in support of his work on safety in human and robot interactions. Read more about it here.
He also received a three-year Young Investigator Program Award from the Army Research Office, one of the highest awards from the Army. This is in support of his research into legged robot locomotion. Read more about it here.
Again, congrats Sam!