STTR Phase I: Robotic System for Visual Placement-RSVP

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0810765
Agency Tracking Number: 0810765
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EO
Solicitation Number: NSF 07-586
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 1281, Eureka, CA, 95502
DUNS: 199568937
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken Owens
 (202) 606-1042
Business Contact
 Ken Owens
Title: PhD
Phone: (202) 606-1042
Research Institution
 Humboldt State University
 Julie Davy
 1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA, 95521
 (707) 826-5203
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project will develop a new perception/vision system for a robotic arm and a new software tool to design such embedded systems. Further development will include advances in actuator technology and control theory to create an affordable yet robust highly-dexterous vision-enabled robotic arm for lightweight low-precision tasks. Tasks of this type include pick-and-place and sorting. This technology is innovative because it will fundamentally change the way goods are produced by developing new control methodology for a new robotic arm and adapting it to a new field at a low cost. It will reduce labor-intensive work, increase efficiency and increase quality in an industry which needs automation. The broader impact will be to fill a need in the flower industry to enable cost reduction over the entire worldwide sector and improve quality. The robotic arm will have applications in other areas such as automated recycling, landmine clearing, litter removal, highway maintenance, and hazardous material handling.

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