February 2020: The Army Futures Command (AFC) has partnered with the University of Texas at Austin to develop robots to assist with dangerous tasks on the battlefield. These robots will assist with non-combat jobs such as minesweeping and obstacle removal. This partnership has enabled the construction of a new robotics center at UT Austin.
“It’s a real endorsement for the Cockrell School and for UT in general,” says Dr. Humphreys, “There are really compelling problems here — at the edge of what we can currently do. For students interested in pushing the frontiers of science and research, it’s inspiring, it will have consequences, and the U.S. desperately needs it.”
Both the AFC and UT Austin are looking forward to a lasting partnership that will save lives on the battlefield while enriching students’ educational experience. Read the full article from Texas Engineer for a glimpse of some of the upcoming research.