ENME

News Story

S.K. Gupta interviewed for robotics story in The Economist

S.K. Gupta interviewed for robotics story in The Economist

Professor S.K. Gupta (ME/ISR) is cited in an article in The Economist about current breakthroughs and the coming ubiquity of robotics:

“S.K. Gupta, a robotics researcher at the University of Maryland who is currently running the National Robotics Initiative at America’s National Science Foundation (NSF), sees ROS and the like not just as solutions to specific problems but as developments that are reshaping the field. Robotics used to be hard to do because to make even a poor robot you had to be good at a whole lot of different things: artificial intelligence, building manipulators, engineering joints and wheels, electronics and so on. As a result, academic robotics research has generally been concentrated at universities that already have a flourishing robotics programme with capabilities across the board, such as Carnegie Mellon, MIT and the University of Tokyo. Now a small team with a fresh insight in a single area—making hands, say, or machine-learning—can use ROS and reasonably cheap hardware to put together a robotic system on which to try out its ideas without being expert in any of the other areas involved. Perhaps as a consequence, the first funding round for the initiative Mr Gupta oversees produced applications for $1 billion in grants, more than 20 times the amount eventually awarded.”

| Read the article in The Economist |

Related Articles:
Building a smarter industrial robot
Greg Krummel wins Outstanding Research Award for Robo Crab
Pioneering flight of ‘Robo Raven’ is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles
'Open-source' robot offers new opportunities for education
Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd
S.K. Gupta quoted in Science News article
Article by Gupta, Hopkins and Spranklin selected as a 'Highlight of 2009'
UMD Microrobotic Work Featured in IEEE Spectrum
Bio-inspired robots invade Aspen Hill Library

April 7, 2014


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Gupta Awarded AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award

UMD Team Takes Top Spot in Performance & Operations at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

Das Named Editorial Board Member of Nature's Scientific Reports

UMD Team Set to Go at SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

Maryland part of $253 million federal Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

Sandborn Publishes Second Edition of Cost Analysis of Electronic Systems

UMD Research Featured on Advanced Materials Technology Cover

Gov Hogan Announces UMD’s Role in $65M Environmental Agenda

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts