Accelerated robotics development focus of industry/academia effort

07/18/2006


Ft. Myers, FL — A robotics technology firm and a university will collaborate to accelerate development and use of unmanned robotic vehicles in a variety of applications. Innova Holdings Inc. , a robotics technology firm, and the college of engineering at the University of South Florida at Tampa have agreed to jointly undertake research and development projects in unmanned ground and aerial robotics, RF, infrared, and wireless controls, and in open-architecture PC systems.

“This alliance gives us the opportunity to implement and test our autonomous navigation systems, sensor-based controllers, stereo vision, and hardware and software interfaces on their [Innova] robot platforms,” said Prof. Kimon Valavanis, Ph. D., head of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems Research Group at the college. The group researches and develops new methods and technologies related to autonomous navigation, reconnaissance, surveillance, patrolling, and the like using heterogeneous assets of unmanned vehicles.

The agreement will leverage Innova’s expertise in unmanned systems, evidenced by its work with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for control systems for robotic mechanisms; its role in implementing the recently announced Microsoft Robotics Studio, a Windows-based robotic application development environment; and its contributions to the U.S. government-sponsored Joint Architecture for Unmanned Ground Systems (JAUS) standards committee.

Said Walter K. Weisel, chairman and CEO of Innova Holdings, “This ad hoc consortium will no doubt be at the forefront of development and deployment of unmanned robotic vehicles that will save lives, increase security, and drive industry toward viable applications we can only imagine at this point.”

For more on the Microsoft Robotics Studio, announced at the RoboBusiness Conference and Exposition 2006 in Pittsburgh late last month, click here .

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk

Jeanine Katzel , senior editor





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration between the safety system and the process control...
Adding industrial toughness and reliability to Ethernet eGuide
Technological advances like multiple-in-multiple-out (MIMO) transmitting and receiving
Big plans for small nuclear reactors: Simpler, safer control designs; Smarter manufacturing; Industrial cloud; Mobile HMI; Controls convergence
Virtualization advice: 4 ways splitting servers can help manufacturing; Efficient motion controls; Fill the brain drain; Learn from the HART Plant of the Year
Two sides to process safety: Combining human and technical factors in your program; Preparing HMI graphics for migrations; Mechatronics and safety; Engineers' Choice Awards
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
News and comments from Control Engineering process industries editor, Peter Welander.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
Anthony Baker is a fictitious aggregation of experts from Callisto Integration, providing manufacturing consulting and systems integration.
Integrator Guide

Integrator Guide

Search the online Automation Integrator Guide
 

Create New Listing

Visit the System Integrators page to view past winners of Control Engineering's System Integrator of the Year Award and learn how to enter the competition. You will also find more information on system integrators and Control System Integrators Association.

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.