Hero Image

University of Michigan

What we do

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

Communities could reduce costs and cut vehicle emissions—all in the name of shortening your trip.

Improving traffic signal timing with a handful of connected vehicles

Mixing unconventional ingredients in just the right order can make complex materials with fewer impurities. The robotic lab that tested the idea could be widely adopted.

Better battery manufacturing: Robotic lab vets new reaction design strategy

With oil production dropping, a process using natural gas is needed to avert a shortage of a workhorse chemical used for automotive parts, cleaning products and more.

New reactor could save millions when making ingredients for plastics and rubber from natural gas

Strong enough to move soft robots and medical capsules, weak enough to not ruin MRI images

Squishy, metal-free magnets to power robots and guide medical implants

The findings could help engineers methodically find the best molecules to increase the lifespan of perovskite solar cells, rather than relying on time-consuming trial and error.

Bulky additives could make cheaper solar cells last longer

Lights could soon use the full color suite of perfectly efficient organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, that last tens of thousands of hours, thanks to an innovation from physicists and engineers at the University of Michigan.

Blue PHOLEDs: Final color of efficient OLEDs finally viable in lighting