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STTR Phase I: Haptics in Telerobotics for Improved Remote Dexterity

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2026203
Agency Tracking Number: 2026203
Amount: $256,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: R
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-12-31
Small Business Information
4 Knotts Glen Court
Chico, CA 95926
United States
DUNS: 080975169
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 William Cortez
 (530) 586-2207
Business Contact
 William Cortez
Phone: (530) 586-2207
Research Institution
 Stanford University
 Mark R Cutkosky
450 Jane Stanford Way
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is to advance haptics - electromechanical systems that operate through the sense of touch. This technology may improve the performance of telemanipulation systems, making the operation similar to that of bare hands, and advance a new generation of robotic tools allowing humans to remotely feel and interact with environments at a distance. Early applications include scenarios where humans would be placed in dangerous (e.g., nuclear, chemical, deep sea, mining, and space), complicated (clean rooms and surgeries), or remote locations (remote maintenance). This technology may reduce the costs of telework (including improved access for those with disabilities), travel, and specialized, local healthcare workers. This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will evaluate the contributions of realistic tactile and force feedback as well as biologically-inspired haptic reflexes in telemanipulation. Because experimental psychologists and physiologists have demonstrated that the absence of tactile sensory information is detrimental to the speed and dexterity of human hands, telerobot systems will seek to build these systems. This work seeks to advance haptics for improved telerobotics performance by making them robust to distraction and latency. Several technologies for force and tactile feedback, intelligent haptic reflexes, and control schemes will be developed and tested in a range of telerobotic tasks to evaluate their merits and suitability in candidate applications. 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.

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