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April 5, 2018
Our RAPID project is featured on "The Institute" by IEEE. Read more here: Our project was also featured here and here.
January 12, 2018
Three new papers will be presented at ICRA 2018 in May: T. Thayer, S. Vougioukas, K. Goldberg, S. Carpin. "Routing Algorithms for Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation."  S. Liu, S. Carpin. "Grasp Quality Evaluation with Whole Arm Kinematic Noise Propagation."...
November 7, 2017
Our paper "Coordinated Search With Multiple Robots Arranged in Line Formations" has been accepted for publication on the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. This is the last paper from Andreas Kolling's dissertation defended in 2009.... Click here for the preprint.
October 31, 2017
Shuo Liu has successfully defended his PhD thesis, ``Bridging the Gap in Grasp Quality Evaluation and Grasp Planning." Congratulations to Shuo! Click  here for the document.
August 15, 2017
Shams Feyzabadi has successfully defended his PhD thesis, ``Robot Planning with Constrained Markov Decision Processes." Congratulations to Shams! Click here for the document.
April 1, 2017
Our new paper "Planning using hierarchical constrained Markov Decision Processes" has been accepted for publication in the Autonomous Robots journal. Click here for the accepted version.
March 17, 2017
The UC Merced swarmathon team is finalizing its preparation for the competition taking place at the end of April. Team members Manuel Meraz, Jose Manuel Gonzalez Hermosillo, Jesus Sergio Gonzalez Castellon, Navvaran Mann,  James Nho, Jesus Salcedo, and Carlos Diaz are busy developing ROS code...
December 1, 2016
We obtained a new grant from the USDA as part of the National Robotics Initiatitve. The project Rapid: Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery is in collaboration with UC Berkeley and UC Davis and aims at developing co-robotic systems to support grape growers. Here is the official press...
September 9, 2016
We received a $2,921,681 grant from the NSF for the new project NRT-DESE Intelligent Adaptive Systems: training computational and data-analytics skills for academia and insdustry. This is joit work with Ramesh Rabasubramaniam (PI), Suzanne Sindi (co-PI), and Chris Kello (co-PI). The official...
September 7, 2016
We received a new NSF  $182,806 grant, "MRI: Acquisition of robotic tools for studying brain, behavior and embodied cognition." This is joint work with cognitive scientists Ramesh Balasubramaniam and Mike Spivey. The official press release can be found here.