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Mobile Robotics
3D Mine Mapping (Groundhog)
We are developing robotic systems for automated 3D mine mapping.
Automated Turf Management
This project deals with automated management and mowing of large areas of turf, such as golf courses, sports fields, and parks
Autonomous Agricultural Spraying
We are developing ground-based vehicles for pesticide application.
Autonomous Ground Vehicle Design
Pursuing high speed navigation of unrehearsed terrain in pursuit of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge
Autonomous Helicopter (HELI)
Develop a vision-guided robot helicopter
Autonomous Navigation System (ANS)
The NREC is leading the development of perception and path planning within the Autonomous Navigation System program for the Future Combat System.
Bow Leg Hopper
A novel, single-leg, dynamically stabilized planar robot that efficiently traverses rugged terrains under computer control.
Caisson Construction 3D Modeling System (Kajima)
NREC developed a 3D imaging system for underwater excavation and placement of caissons that Kajima Corporation used to support the foundation for the Nagasaki Bay Bridge.
Crusher
NREC designed and developed the Crusher vehicle to support the UPI program's rigorous field experimentation schedule.
Demeter
The Demeter project is developing a next-generation self-propelled hay harvester for agricultural operations.
Dynamic Biped
We are developing a new series of bipedal walking robots that use passive-dynamic principles.
Dynamically-Stable Mobile Robots in Human Environments
We are developing novel dynamically-stable rolling machine and walking machine research platforms to study interactions with people and operating in normal home and workplace environments.
Educational Robotics
We are developing both physical robots and curriculum that will make educational robotics viable at the middle school and high school levels.
ExplorerTM
The NREC is developing an untethered, long range (2,500 ft +), gas line visual inspection robot system that provides real-time video from inside the line, can be deployed in live lines, and can pass through all angles and bends of both 6" and 8" lines.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot - Very Low Cost (EODR-VLC)
We are deveopling a suite of highly capable mobile robots for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and First Responders which are very low in total ownership costs.
Fine Motion Planning for Mobile Robots in Large Structure Assembly
Footstep Planning for Biped Robots
Navigation strategies for bipeds through complex environments, planning for the full capabilities of the biped.
Formal Verification of Autonomous Systems
We are developing tools and techniques to support formal verification of autonomous systems.
Gladiator
The NREC-led team designed, developed and field tested and successfully demonstrated a Gladiator robotic system with high mobility and remote combat capabilities.
Gyrover
A Single-Wheel, Gyroscopically stabilized Robot
Inter-Process Communication Package (IPC)
We are developing a high-level support package for connecting and sending data among processes using TCP / IP sockets.
Learning Locomotion
Robust planning and control of the quadruped robot "Little Dog" to traverse rough terrain (DARPA sponsored).
Learning Robots (LAGR)
DARPA needed to supply a standard, mobile robot platform to research teams performing on the Learning Applied to Ground Robots (LAGR) program.
Legless Locomotion
A novel locomotion technique for legged robots when their legs don't touch the ground!
LSTAT/Snake Robot
We are working with the US Army's TATRC department (Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center) to integrate a snake robot into the LSTAT system.
Mars Autonomy
Long-distance marsrover navigation with minimal human intervention.
Material Transport (AMTS)
NREC developed AMTS, an innovative system for accurately guiding robotic material transport vehicles in industrial settings.
Millibots
Heterogeneous group of small autonomous robots with modular payloads and sensing platforms
Mobile Autonomous Robot Software (MARS)
Develop complete, effective and scalable software for autonomous robot teams. Demonstrate robot teams with integrated action, perception, reasoning, communication and cooperative strategies that solve complex multiagent tasks.
Motion Free Scanning Radar
We incorporate the current state of the art in non-mechanical scanning antenna technology with advanced millimeter-wave ranging technology to enable a small, reliable, and affordable imaging-radar sensor with no moving parts. Sensors will be demonstrated on the sponsor's equipment in typical operating scenarios and environments.
Paint Stripping
NREC designed, built and tested the centerpiece of a semi-automated paint removal system that is now in everyday use and available for commercial sale by Chariot Robotics, LLC.
PerceptOR (NRECPerceptOR)
NREC designed, developed and tested an innovative autonomous perception and navigation system for the DARPA PerceptOR program.
Pioneer
Robots for Chornobyl Stabilization
Planning for Manipulation
Developing algorithms for autonomous manipulation.
Remoted Bulldozer for Training and Human Factors Evaluation (ROBODOZER)
A Teleoperated Bulldozer
Robot Boat Project
We are developing a small solar-powered robot for long-term offshore science experiments. Applications include meteorology, oceanography, marine biology and other marine sciences.
Robot Sensor Boat (RSB)
We present a fleet of autonomous Robot Sensor Boats (RSBs) developed for lake and river fresh water quality assessment and controlled by our Multilevel Autonomy Robot Telesupervision Architecture (MARTA).
Robotic Demining
We are developing an autonomous robot to find landmines.
Robotic Soccer (RoboSoccer)
The RoboSoccer project develops collaboration among multiple autonomous agents.
Robust Autonomy

Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
We are developing a geometric mapping strategy that directs a mobile robot to explore an unknown environment while taking into consideration sensor and encoder uncertainty.
Social Robots
We are developing robots with personality.
Telepresence Robot Kit (TeRK)
To design, create, and disseminate robotics curricula and technologies that motivate young women and men to actively explore science and technology.
The Electric Cable Differential (ECD) Leg
We are designing a bipedal robot to be capable of running, walking, jumping, hopping, and generally behaving in a highly dynamic manner.
Time-optimal Vehicle Trajectories
What's the fastest way to drive a mobile robot?
Transitional Unmanned Ground Vehicle (TUGV)
Cross Country Navigation
Treasure Hunt: Pickup Teams
We are developing a single heterogeneous human-robot team capable of effectively locating objects of interest (treasure) spread over a complex, previously unknown environment.
UGCV PerceptOR Integrated (UPI)
The UPI (UGCV PerceptOR Integrated) program integrates and enhances the results from UGCV and PerceptOR to increase the speed and autonomy of unmanned ground vehicles operating in complex terrain. By combining the inherent mobility of Spinner with advanced perception techniques including the use of learning and prior terrain data, the UPI program stresses system design across vehicle, sensors and software so that the strengths of one component compensate for the weaknesses of another.
Underground Mining Operator Assist
Automating the functions of a continuous mining machine and roof bolting units.
Very Rough Terrain Nonholonomic Trajectory Generation and Motion Planning for Rovers
We are developing rough terrain trajectory generation algorithms for local path planning and optimal regional motion planning methods using a constrained search space.
Xavier
Perceptual, reasoning and learning abilities in autonomous mobile robots