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Work together. Create smart machines. Serve society. University of Michigan’s Robotics Institute aims to create a collaborative community of roboticists, where through mutual respect, integrity in action, and transparency in thought, we accelerate socially beneficial advances in robotics. This community will collaborate in a new $75 million facility, to be completed in 2020, featuring shared laboratory space with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Michigan Robotics, rooted in the College of Engineering, connects to university and statewide strengths in medical innovation, advanced manufacturing, autonomous systems and automotive research. With these foundations, Michigan Robotics fosters a culture of collegiality, diversity, and cross-disciplinary problem solving to create smart machines that serve societal needs.

Latest Posts

The University of Michigan, May Mobility and the City of Detroit look to boost public trust in self-driving vehicle technology.

Automated shuttle planned for Detroit starts safety testing at Mcity

Taking inspiration from the word-predicting large language models, a U-M team is kickstarting an atom-predicting model with 200,000 node hours on Argonne’s Polaris.

Building a chemical 'GPT' to help design a key battery component

Automation uncovers combinations of amino acids that feed two bacterial species and could tell us much more about the 90% of bacteria that humans have hardly studied.

AI could run a million microbial experiments per year

The study aims to help society, including regulators considering AI safety regulations and organizations considering adopting AI, understand the societal implications of ever-smarter machines.

Researchers aim to bring humans back into the loop, as AI use and misuse rises

Photonic fibers borrow from butterfly wings to enable invisible, indelible sorting labels.

A "game changer" for clothing recycling?

It was believed that running more propellant through a Hall thruster would wreck its efficiency, but new experiments suggest they might power a crewed mission to Mars.

Plasma thrusters used on satellites could be much more powerful