Robotics, Automation & Control

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on robotics, automation & control, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In a collapsed building or on rough terrain, a robot could balance itself and move forward with just its feet.
Briefs: Software
Artificial intelligence helps train robots to work together to move an object around two obstacles and through a narrow door in computer simulations.
Briefs: Motion Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot can walk, run, jump, and interact with the environment in synchrony with a human operator.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Briefs: Energy
This work could help severely injured people, such as soldiers, regain the ability to control their movements.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Materials
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Materials
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Automotive
Solid-state batteries offer a higher level of safety and potentially longer life than lithium-ion batteries.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Materials
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The system uses infrasonic acoustics for weather monitoring and for drone or UAV activity.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: Motion Control
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A robot could immediately alert a human of small changes in their surrounding environment.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Briefs: Transportation
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Aerospace
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.

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