There was a pretty clear theme at this year's Office of Naval Research Tech Expo in Washington, D.C. on July 20: Robots and lots of them. Big ones, small ones; drones that fly, some that swim, and at least one that did both ;and a few bots that could probably kick ass in an arm wrestling competition. But some of the most impressive robots at the expo were focused on an important task: bomb disposal. Among the rigs on display was the Highly Dexterous Manipulation System, a bomb disposal platform from RE2 Robotics now in its fourth iteration.
By James Clark, Task & Purpose, July 21, 2017
Pittsburgh-based RE2 Robotics penned a contract this week with the U.S. Air Force to create robotic pilots for military planes. The team won’t be retrofitting planes like Uber has done with its fleet of autonomous cars. Instead, it will expand on auto-pilot technology to develop drop-in robotic systems. Principle scientist Andrew Mor said the robots will replace a seat in the cockpit and would operate an aircraft without a crew on board.
By Sarah Schneider, 90.5 WESA, June 23, 2017
A Carnegie Mellon University robotics spinoff has been tapped by the U.S. Air Force to help develop autonomous aircraft under a $1.5 million contract. But RE2, a Lawrenceville-based company founded in 2001, will not attempt to reinvent the wheel. Rather than adapt current vehicles to autonomous flight standards, the company will create a retrofit drop-in robotic system that will essentially allow robots to take control of traditional aircraft like a human.
By Courtney Linder, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 21, 2017
Autonomous flight systems and aircraft are already in testing by the U.S. Air Force and other defense agencies, and now RE2 Robotics has been picked by the USAF to build a retrofit robot pilot that can easily take the controls of traditional, human-piloted aircraft and convert them to autonomous airplanes.
By Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch, June 21, 2017
Within a few minutes, I’ve got one hand grasped gingerly on the zipper. The other is holding the bag’s handle in place. I unzip it slowly, as if performing surgery. There’s none of the pressure of a real life battlefield, but the potential humiliation of having to start all over again in front of the film crew is enough motivation to it right this time.
RE2 Robotics’ (pronounced “Re-Squared”) control scheme takes some getting used to. Each arm serves as an analog to the limbs on the military robot a few feet in front of me, but the control scheme and the exacting nature of every arm movement present a bit of a learning curve. After a few frustrating misses, however, I manage to save face in front of a room full of onlookers silently judging my robotic manipulation skills.
By Brian Heater, TechCrunch, June 13, 2017
RE2 Robotics first spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2001 to build off-road vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense, but now its researchers are working to develop the next generation of robotic arms. The 40 people who work at the Lawrenceville-based company now focus on building arms for robots used to defuse improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. “These are robotic arms that are placed on things that move through the world,” said the company’s president, Jorgen Pedersen. “A robot can perceive the world, it can move through the world but when it’s time to interact with the world, that’s where we come in.”
By Mark Nootbaar/90.5 WESA, June 6, 2017
At the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville, two decades of robotics research is on display in the 28 gleaming plaques on the wall: inscribed patents for pieces of technology invented at Carnegie Mellon University. Now, flush with government money and commitments from private industry, a nonprofit founded at the school is embarking on a new mission: selling the value of robotics and automation to American manufacturing. ...One interested start-up company is RE2 Robotics, a developer of robotic arms for mobile ground and underwater robots. Since it spun out from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001, its primary customer has been the Defense Department, said founder Jorgen Pedersen. “How might we be able to adapt this technology to solve manufacturing needs? That’s why I’m here,” Mr. Pedersen said.
By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 13, 2017
Partnerships that government officials and roboticists said they hope will move the United States to the forefront of robotic manufacturing started to form Wednesday in Pittsburgh. More than 200 representatives of U.S. companies and universities met at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville for the first major meetings of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, known as ARM. Representatives from mammoth companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Amazon and Wal-Mart sat next to the founders and CEOs of Pittsburgh robotic startups such as IAM Robotics and RE2 Robotics and staff from top universities and community colleges.
by Aaron Aupperlee, TribLive.com, April 12, 2017
"... the more common approach among engineers is to simplify the robot hand, often with just two or three fingers like sophisticated versions of claw machines at arcades. The RE2 Robotics' Highly Dexterous Manipulation System shows that even a robot with two metal jaws for hands can make simple balloon animals and unwrap a gift box (with a human at the controls)."
by MEGAN GANNON, NBCNews.com
VIDEO: Army Master Sgt. Stephan Cunningham of the 71st Ordnance Group shares his expertise on assembled explosive ordnance disposal robots during a conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association in Springfield, Va., March 22, 2017.
Jorgen Pedersen has his arms around the world. Robotic arms, that is, each lending a hand in critical ways. The arms are why Pedersen, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and founder of the groundbreaking company RE2 Robotics, won the 2016 Carnegie Science Start-Up Entrepreneur Award.
By Julie Albright, Carnegie Mellon Today, March 7, 2017
While plenty of people might worry about losing their jobs to technology, there's one job no one will complain about handing off to robots: bomb disposal. These machines are good in dangerous situations on dry land, but what if a would-be bomber hides their explosives under a bridge, or stuck to the bottom of a ship? In the future, the US Navy might send in a submarine drone endowed with a pair of inflatable robot arms that are currently being developed by RE2 Robotics.
By Michael Irving, NewAtlas.com, February 14, 2017
Pittsburgh robotics, tech spotlighted in pre-Frontiers Conference event
Rep. Mike Doyle, left, shakes hands Wednesday with a two-handed robot made by RE2 Robotics, one of Pittsburgh's robotics-based companies that was doing demonstrations as part of the first-ever RoboPGH Day.
By Sean Hamill, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, October 13, 2016
...about 40 more make up the emerging robotic industry in Pittsburgh. Several Pittsburgh robotic companies showed off their technology Wednesday during the first RoboPGH Day at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville.
By Aaron Aupperlee, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, October 12, 2016
RE2 Robotics' CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, is featured in this CNBC video. CNBC's Kate Rogers reports from Pittsburgh on Innovation Works, a nonprofit investing in tech companies like RE2 Robotics, which creates robotic arms to dispose of bombs. By Kate Rogers, CNBC, June 17, 2016
Local nonprofit Innovation Works has an investment vehicle as well as two accelerators under its umbrella. Since launching its seed fund in 1999, Innovation Works has gone on to invest $65 million in more than 300 local companies. One of these is RE2, a company that makes robotic arms and ships them out to customers, like the U.S. Department of Defense, in order to keep humans out of harm's way. They've raised $2.25 million in funding, and their products are being used primarily by the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy for bomb disposal.
By Kate Rogers, CNBC, June 17, 2016
The Air Force wants its bases to be up and running as quickly as possible following an airstrike or otherattack — so it's asking businesses for help. The service is working with RE2 Robotics, which is developing a robotics system that would inspect an airfield for unexploded IEDs, ordnance and other debris in the aftermath of a hostile airstrike or attack, eliminate any dangers, and repair the damage. “We are demonstrating capabilities the Air Force can use,” Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics, told Air Force Times last week.
By Oriana Pawlyk, Air Force Times, June 1, 2016
Since 2001, there has been a proliferation of robots within the U.S. military to assist with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) missions. Ground robotics systems are able to detect and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) with the help of robotic manipulation systems.
Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine, May 2016
The Raja Show Podcast: Honoring the Best in Tech Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Looking Back at the Carnegie Science Awards
Raja talks with Jorgen Pedersen, who, for 15 years, has served as Founder, President and CEO of RE2 Robotics, a Pittsburgh-based robotics company that advances the methodology in which robotic technology can interact in a “real world” setting, through the forms of advanced autonomy capabilities, intuitive human robot interfaces, and an overall mission to make robotic technology more “human” in its functionality. For Jorgen’s efforts, he received the “Start-up Entrepreneur” Award at the Carnegie Science Awards event for 2016.
The Raja Show, May 15, 2016
The HDMS 551s1 robot can stack objects, unscrew the safety cap off a pill bottle, and perform other impressively precise tasks. The US Army has just taken possession of a very special robot. The HDMS 551s1 by robotics company Resquared is designed to perform precision tasks, controlled by a human operater. Its two arms are equipped with specially designed two-fingered grippers, and a human-like torso for further degrees of freedom.
By Michelle Starr, CNET, May 8, 2016
A software tool currently being developed to simulate the effects robotic exoskeletons have on soldiers could save the Army millions, according to the CEO of RE2 Robotics, the company creating the system.Exoskeletons have the ability to prevent soldier injuries caused by heavy loads. The Pentagon is currently working on several projects to advance this technology, most notably Special Operations Command’s tactical assault light operator suit.
By Allyson Versprille, National Defense Magazine, April 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Army News Service, March 11, 2016) -- The Army has fielded a lot of "one-armed bandits" over the years, said Maj. R. Clayton McVay, referring to robots with just one arm. While they work well for many tasks, explosive ordnance disposal personnel, or EOD, have different requirements. "They want two-armed robots" to diffuse bombs, he said. "I'm looking for one to put in a program of record," he added. "We want to write the right kind of requirements. I don't care which contractor does the job, I just want one that works."
By David Vergun, Army News Service, March 10, 2016
Mobile robots are not new. Robotic platforms that can move throughout their environments have been around for many years. The early adopters for mobile robotics were the military and law enforcement markets.
By Jorgen Pedersen, President & CEO, RE2 Robotics
CIOReview Magazine, March 2016
From underwater robots originally designed to detect leaks in underwater nuclear reactors to automatic nursing assistants, grants are funding the future of AI and robotics. The “fourth industrial revolution,” centering on advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence, was the theme of the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this month. With this in mind, we have identified seven robotics companies that received grants in 2014 and 2015 for products that may eventually revolutionize fields ranging from underwater exploration to combat medical assistance.
CB Insights, January 28, 2016
RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, shared the Company’s year in review for 2015.
Robotics Tomorrow, January 20, 2016
Companies in the robotics industry are enthused by the prospect of bigger Pentagon investments. Currently only a tiny fraction of the Defense Department's $65 billion a year research-and-development budget is spent on robotics. There are signs that spending will grow, said Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. The problem is that most of the money is being spend on robots the military already knows and operates rather than groundbreaking new capabilities.
NDIA, National Defense Magazine, December 2015
Automated systems can have a hard time completing complex tasks in a timely manner. When controlling a robot outside autonomous mode, a good control device needs to give the user full control of the system while enabling the mission to be completed in a quick, accurate, and efficient manner.
By David Rusbarsky, Jim Grebinoski, and Andrew B. Mor of RE2 Robotics, Pittsburgh, PA; and Jeremy P. Gray of the U.S. Army TARDEC, Warren, MI, Published in TechBriefs, October 2015
Yesterday, Pittsburgh’s RE2 announced it is working alongside the University of Texas at Arlington to design an Adaptive Robotic Nurse Assistant under a program for the National Science Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide registered nurses with assistants. There are nearly three million RNs currently employed in the United States. RE2 will outfit its manipulator arms onto the assistant. The company says its arms could reduce on-the-job injuries to nurses that lift and maneuver patients.
AUVSI News, October 6, 2015
Robotic arms help Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) techs to neutralize underwater mines. Autonomous underwater vehicles map out a ship's hull in blackness beneath the water. And hundreds of personnel from six nations come together in one place to work on autonomous underwater vehicles and mine countermeasures (MCM). All that and more--including brilliant new images of wooden shipwrecks on a river floor--took place at the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Pax River technology demonstrations, which concluded last week at Naval Air Station Patuxent (Pax) River in Maryland. "This is the cutting edge," said Dr. Walter Jones, executive director at ONR. "These are technologies that will impact the future of naval operations and protect our Sailors and Marines."
David Rusbarsky, left, a senior scientist with RE2 Robotics, watches as Kevin Gates, a professional staff member with the House Armed Services Committee, tries the Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) during the Office of Naval Research-sponsored demonstration of unmanned undersea vehicles at NAS Patuxent River, Md. The HDMS includes dual robotic manipulator arms and a moveable humanoid torso that can be easily mounted onto a robotic platform. Demo Photo
By Office of Naval Research, October 2, 2015
Lawrenceville-based RE2 Robotics Inc. is collaborating with the University of Texas Arlington to design an adaptive robotic nurse assistant for the National Science Foundation. The goal of the robotic nursing project is to provide registered nurses with assistive robots to support their work within a hospital. Registered nurses make up the largest pool of health care providers in the country.
By Kris B. Mamula, Pittsburgh Business Times, October 5, 2015
Pittsburgh-based RE2, Inc. has been awarded a $2.7 million contract by the Office of Naval Research to develop manipulator arms for unmanned underwater vehicles.
RE2's technology will provide Navy personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address waterborne improvised explosive devices, according to the company. These explosives pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports.
By Justine Coyne, Pittsburgh Business Times, August 18, 2015
RE2, Inc demos their Highly Dexterous Manipulation System Robot (HDMS) at the 2015 DARPA Tech Expo.
“HDMS includes dual robotic manipulator arms and a moveable humanoid torso that can be easily mounted onto a robotic platform to efficiently conduct a variety of missions, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations, manufacturing, healthcare, and others. Watch the Demo on YouTube
By Electric TV, July 5, 2015
So many promising tech companies this year, so little time and space to give them all their due. The escalation of successful startups in our region is really good news, a turning point perhaps that forces a sharpened focus in pinpointing the most promising among them.
By Deb Smit, NextPittsburgh, January 27, 2015
Lawrenceville-based robotics engineers target disabilities, dynamite
Since its inception more than 10 years ago, RE2 has been developing and improving mobile robots used for dismantling explosive devices in far-off wars or safely clearing a meth lab’s cache of weapons here at home. Now, along with University of Pittsburgh and Veterans Administration researcher Rory Cooper, RE2 is moving its robotic ingenuity into helping people with disabilities better navigate the logistics of a world not designed to accommodate them.
By Steve Twedt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 2, 2015
RE2 awarded $400K, to create 100 engineering and manufacturing jobs
Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Robotics Engineering Excellence Inc. -- also known as RE2 -- has been awarded a $400,000 Discovered in PA -- Developed in PA grant.
By Justine Coyne, Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times, October 21, 2014
New robotic arms from Pittsburgh's RE2 reach for a range of markets
The reach of Pittsburgh’s RE2 continues to grow, both in terms of its business and its robotic manipulator arms. The company launched its Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) product line in July. HDMS was originally designed for bomb squads, explains Douglas Peters, RE2's vice president of operations. Most explosive ordnance disposal robots include a single, low-dexterity manipulator that significantly limits the tasks that can be performed. With two arms, HDMS offers the same level of dexterity, speed and strength as a human torso and arms, and can perform more complex tasks such as screwing the cap off a pipe bomb.
The system was developed through combined funding from internal sources, the Army and the Navy. The first commercial system was sold to MIT for an ongoing research project looking at automation. RE2 now has two versions of the system in the final stages of development, preparing for wider commercial release.
By Elise Vider, Keystone Edge, September 25, 2014
Pittsburgh-based robotics firm raises $2.25M
Robotics firm RE2 Inc. Monday said it has closed on a $2.25 million Series A funding round led by Draper Triangle Ventures. Riverfront Ventures also paricipated in the round. Company and investors are all based in Pittsburgh. RE2 plans to use the capital to accelerate development of its robotic manipulator arm technologies and to penetrate new markets including agriculture and health care.
Patty Tascarella, Senior Reporter- Pittsburgh Business Times, August 18, 2014
RE2 creates first-of-a-kind robot
Jorgen Pedersen has lofty goals for his Lawrenceville company, RE2. “We want to be the next Pittsburgh-born robotics power,” he says of the firm he started as a one-man shop in 2001 that today boasts 30 employees. And he wants to do it “while saving and improving lives.” Pedersen and his fellow roboticists could be well on their way with the recently revealed Highly Dexterous Manipulation System, or HDMS, product line. It includes dual robotic manipulator arms and a moveable humanoid torso that can be easily mounted onto a mobile platform to conduct a number of tasks, including defense and emergency response–situations that might prove dangerous to humans.
By Rick Monti, NextPittsburgh.com, August 5, 2014
Pittsburgh’s RE2 designs a dexterous manipulation system to maintain performance aircraft
Take a Pennsylvania firm’s core technology and an unaddressed need by the military and you have the formula for the latest research funding awarded to Pittsburgh’s RE2. “We are known as experts in mobile manipulation, essentially robotic arms on things that move,” says CEO Jorgen Pedersen. “And this is another application for our core technology, a custom design that solves this particular problem.”
By Elise Vider, Keystone Edge News, October 3, 2013
Heftier unmanned ground vehicle offers more lifting, hauling strength – RE2 contributes innovation to enhance Army unmanned ground vehicle technology: “Re2 is developing an enhanced intuitive control. A lot of the manipulators don’t have real fine movement, and they don’t have haptic feedback, which is a type of feedback that goes back to the users so they have an idea of what is going on.” ~ Jeremy Gray, TARDEC Ground Vehicle Robotics research electrical engineer.
By Robert Karlsen and Bob Van Enkenvoort, TARDEC, June 4, 2013
RE2, Inc. Featured Success Story in the October issue of the Army SBIR Newsletter
U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center – ForeRunnerTM Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) – High Speed Multipurpose Robot
The Army depends on Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) to perform varied and complex functions in hostile environments to reduce Soldier exposure. These functions include surveillance, vehicle and facility inspections, improvised explosive devices (IED) detection and remediation, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). Current UGV platforms range from fast reconnaissance vehicles with simple and limited payloads to slower vehicles with less mobility, but complex manipulators. The Army sought to produce a UGV integrating the best capabilities of these two classes – a fast, agile UGV with a manipulator arm able to support a range of important functions. With this requirement in mind, RE2’s ForeRunnerTM was developed under an Army SBIR Phase II project in collaboration with the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced the 2012 Tech 50 Finalists today. RE2 is proud to be nominated as a finalist in the Innovator of the Year category! The Innovator of the Year nominees are companies of all sizes which are producing ground-breaking products that are redefining their respective industry sectors. The companies can be from any tech cluster/sector and can be pre-revenue or have established sales channels. Winners will be announced on November 1, 2012 at the live Tech 50 awards gala. August 27, 2012
Mr. Roboto: Jorgen Pedersen is Building Pittsburgh’s Next Robotic Powerhouse, RE2 – The Company was featured in the latest issue of the Pittsburgh Technology Council publication, TEQ Magazine. The article, based on an interview done with CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, details the 11-year history of the company.
By Tim Hayes, Contributing Writer, TEQ Magazine
Taking the edge off a pipe bomb…literally – Mobile mechanism from Homeland Security dismantles a pipe bomb while preserving the evidence. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) new low-cost device for dismantling dangerous pipe bombs may look like a tinkerer’s project, but that’s no accident. The Semi Autonomous Pipe Bomb End-cap Remover (SAPBER) is unassuming in appearance, but sophisticated enough to preserve the forensic evidence needed to track down the perpetrator. The prototype and its remote-control software were developed by RE2 Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an operator controls the device from a distance, SAPBER takes the pipe bomb from a bomb-disposal robot, disassembles it, empties the pipe, makes a video, and carefully preserves all of the evidence.
By John Verrico, US Dept. of Homeland Security – Science & Technology
August 16, 2012
It takes the military to spawn robotics – Sometimes a company is founded because it stumbles upon a niche that it can fill better than any other company. Such a company is RE2. Founded by Jorgen Pedersen as a contract engineering house to fill a need for unmanned systems engineering expertise within Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), RE2 (RESquared) is now an expert company in mobile manipulation systems for defense.
New Venturist by Babs Carryer
August 7, 2012
JIEDDO’s Robotics Counter-IED Challenge a learning opportunity – JIEDDO officially releases Robotics Challenge results. “RE2, Inc.’s ForeRunner Unmanned Ground Vehicle — known as a UGV — was the dismounted class winner in the endurance challenge, which measured speed and freedom of maneuverability of both mounted and dismounted support robots.”
By Staci George
July 16, 2012
Meet ‘Robbie’: Darpa’s Seeing, Feeling, Two-armed Robot
May 24, 2012
RE2 lands $730k Army robotics contract
Pittsburgh Business Times by Malia Spencer, Reporter, January 5, 2012
Tech 50 Awards nominees selected
July 21, 2011, By Deborah M. Todd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In recognition of the 15th year of the Tech 50 Awards, the Pittsburgh Technology Council stepped up its own technological efforts Wednesday when announcing the finalists. The awards honor the Pittsburgh region’s fastest growing and most innovative tech companies.