Robotic Drilling Systems
Building upon a previous collaboration with Seabed Rig AS, we will be collaborating with Robotic Drilling Systems (RDS), AS to develop "contact event detection" sensing for a new, automated oil drilling system. Important contact events include undesirable slippage between a gripper and a large object (e.g. a pipe) that is being manipulated.
Most of the emerging details of this project are currently on the main RDS page.
4 Sept 2012: The robotic drilling project and collaborations with NASA and Stanford BDML were picked up in the news. The article mentions a three-fingered hand from Stanford, which may be a reference to the previous Seabed Rig project.