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UCLA to use RE2's HDMS Robot for EOD-related Haptics Research

Dr. Veronica J. Santos, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Director of the UCLA Biomechatronics Laboratory, chose RE2 Robotics to provide an enhanced Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) and integration services for her laboratory’s haptics research.

Dr. Santos was awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research titled, “Field deployable, bimanual mobile manipulator system for research on haptics-enabled dexterous manipulation” to procure RE2’s HDMS robot. RE2 will also provide software services, including the development of a ROS-JAUS translator, in support of Santos’ program.

“Our team is excited to work with the next-generation manipulation system to be provided by RE2.  The platform will be invaluable to our efforts to develop multisensory driven, bimanual manipulation capabilities on par with those of humans, and to support and safeguard our nation's servicemen,” stated Dr. Santos.

“The goal of UCLA’s research is to develop haptics-enabled capabilities for teleoperated mobile manipulation robots that support human-in-the-loop explosive ordnance disposal missions, whether on the ground or underwater,” stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. “Our HDMS technology will provide Dr. Santos and her researchers with human-like manipulation capabilities to perform such complex tasks.”