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Doing Business As Name:Colorado School of Mines
  • Thomas Williams
  • (303) 273-3000
  • Qi Han
  • Hao Zhang
  • Neil T Dantam
Award Date:08/08/2018
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 451,102
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 451,102
  • FY 2018=$451,102
Start Date:08/15/2018
End Date:07/31/2021
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.070
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:CRI: II-New: Infrastructure for Robust Interactive Underground Robots
Federal Award ID Number:1823245
DUNS ID:010628170
Parent DUNS ID:010628170
Program Officer:
  • David Miller
  • (703) 292-8930

Awardee Location

Street:1500 Illinois
Awardee Cong. District:07

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Colorado School of Mines
Street:1500 Illinois Street
Cong. District:07

Abstract at Time of Award

The global community is increasingly exploring underground environments for sustainable and resilient solutions to societal problems. New opportunities and challenges in water access, quality, and storage, geothermal energy, and carbon sequestration collectively point to underground environments as the next frontier. Underground environments are, however, notoriously hazardous for humans; accordingly, inspecting underground environments and performing rescues during underground catastrophes is essential to achieve this new underground frontier. The proposed infrastructure will support research in human-robot teaming, networking, planning, and human-robot interaction, as well as collaborative research with other researchers in other fields and application-driven research into underground information collection, monitoring, surveying, rescue, and crisis management. The proposed infrastructure will also be used for community outreach programs, through workshops, presentations, and partnerships with area K-12 after-school programs. The proposed infrastructure will provide a team of heterogeneous robots for deployment in underground environments, as well as sensors, networking equipment, and augmented reality headsets to facilitate their effective use. This infrastructure will support the institutional theme of research on underground environments, including underground inspection and search and rescue applications. This infrastructure will include amphibious, ground, and aerial robots; robotic arms and grippers to be mounted on ground robots; augmented reality headsets designed for safety-critical domains; visual, range, and audio sensors; and networking equipment. These hardware elements will be integrated together and deployed within the Edgar Mine, an underground research and evaluation facility owned and operated by the Colorado School of Mines. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

Publications Produced as a Result of this Research

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Siva, Sriram and Wigness, Maggie and Rogers, John and Zhang, Hao "Robot adaptation to unstructured terrains by joint representation and apprenticeship learning" Robotics: science and systems, v., 2019, p.. Citation details  

Williams, Tom and Bussing, Matthew and Cabrol, Sebastian and Boyle, Elizabeth and Tran, Nhan "Mixed Reality Deictic Gesture for Multi-Modal Robot Communication" 14th {ACM/IEEE} International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, v., 2019, p.. doi:10.1109/HRI.2019.8673275 Citation details  

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