Assistant Professor Yunzhu Li received recognition for two papers at the Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) 2023
December 19, 2023
Yunzhu and his student’s paper “RoboCook: Long-Horizon Elasto-Plastic Object Manipulation with Diverse Tools,” won the Best Systems Paper Award and the paper “Predicting Object Interactions with Behavior Primitives: An Application in Stowing Tasks,” in collaboration with assistant professor Katie Driggs-Campbell, was selected as a Finalist for the Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards as well.
December 13, 2023
John Reid is affiliated with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and The Grainger College of Engineering as a research professor in agricultural and biological engineering and computer science. He brings more than 35 years of technology leadership experience in industry and academia and a commitment to translating innovation research into practice. Reid’s research spans precision agriculture technologies, agricultural robotics and automation, and the deployment of embodied AI in agriculture, construction, and marine applications.
November 28, 2023
Computer science department head Nancy Amato has spent years pursuing dual passions: researching robotics and broadening participation among women in computing and robotics. On Saturday, October 21, MassRobotics, a leading nonprofit robotics innovation organization, lauded Amato for her achievements in these two areas, awarding her its first Robotics Medal at the Inaugural Women in Robotics Gala held at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.
September 23, 2023
A collaboration between researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Duke University has developed a robotic eye examination system, and the National Institutes of Health has awarded the researchers $1.2 million to expand and refine the system.
March 15, 2023
In 2020, collaborators from across the University of Illinois campus received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a robotic wheelchair that provides a novel mode of mobility to individuals with physical disabilities. Now two years in, the project has a working prototype and a patent pending.
February 15, 2023
Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Joohyung Kim has led the research collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Toyota Research Institute (TRI) with the goal of amplifying the human experience. For the last two years, Kim has researched multimodal sensing methods for robotic manipulation by exploring soft/hard materials, fabrication methods, and design optimization to develop useful sensing methods for robotic tasks to help people in their daily lives at home. Kim recently gave some insight into his involvement with TRI over the last couple of years.
January 9th, 2023
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it is funding a new project led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that will address major obstacles to adoption of cover crops in the United States. Titled “iCOVER: Innovated Cover-crop Opportunity, Verification, and Economy stimulating technology for underserved farmers using Robotics,” this $4,999,999, four-year project is funded through the USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program and was facilitated through the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at Illinois.
Two CAREER Awards
February 15, 2022
Congratulations to robotics faculty members Katherine Driggs-Campbell of ECE and Negar Mehr of AE for winning the NSF CAREER Award! The CAREER Award is a prestigious award to support junior faculty in their research and educational missions, and each comes with $500,000 of funding over five years. Prof. Driggs-Campbell’s award is titled “Uncovering Structure in Human-Robot Systems for Trajectory Prediction and Crowd Navigation”, and Prof. Mehr’s award is titled “Socially-Aware Control of Autonomy: Reshaping Urban Mobility in Traffic Networks with Mixed Vehicle Autonomy”.
Ramos Awarded NSF Career Grant
Wissa wins NSF Career Award to Model Forces and Naneuvers of the Click Beetle
Robotics is Growing
Oct 08, 2019
The Grainger College of Engineering is hiring several robotics faculty! Interested departments include (but are not limited to) Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Science & Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Science & Engineering
Highly qualified senior applicants (Associate Professor and above) may be considered for an endowed Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative (GEBI) position.
$100M C-NICE Center launched at Illinois
Oct 2, 2019
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) are partnering on a new $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments (C-NICE). The center, based on the university’s campus in Urbana-Champaign, will serve as a global hub for the smart, reconfigurable technology that will drive the manufacturing plants, medical environments, autonomous vehicles and smart homes of the future.
Five New Robotics Faculty Join UIUC
Aug 25, 2019
Illinois Robotics welcomes five new robotics faculty members who joined in 2019:
Center for Autonomy Launched to Develop Research, Education in Emerging Field
Dec 06, 2018
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has allocated $2.1 million in funds to create a new Center for Autonomy that will enable high-impact research and develop new educational programs for students and professionals. The center, which will include four Illinois Computer Science faculty and colleagues from across campus, will play an important role in designing innovative systems that can function without human intervention in a safe and reliable way. In addition, the College of Engineering is providing a $2.1 million match to recruit new faculty in robotics to continue growing expertise at Illinois.