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Penn Receives $2 Million NASA Grant for TRUSSES Project to Study Lunar Robotics
The University of Pennsylvania has been awarded a $2 million NASA grant for the TRUSSES Project, led by Gabel Family Term Assistant Professor, Cynthia Sung, aiming to advance lunar robotics.
“Future lunar exploration demands the ability to navigate challenging terrains, including steep slopes, loose regolith and potentially ice,” says Sung. “Our research will focus on developing new algorithms that allow robots to estimate ground properties through locomotion, enabling them to autonomously assess traversal risk and recover from any navigation failures.” READ MORE
The Alchemy Behind the Diamond: Unearthing Baseball’s Beloved Mud
Douglas Jerolmack, Professor in Earth and Environmental Science and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), is working with other researchers at Penn to reverse-engineer the mud used on baseballs and offer a mechanistic understanding of its inner workings. “Before every game, baseballs are massaged with this mud which gives it a grip-friendly veneer to the otherwise slippery sphere,” he says. READ MORE
Oren Minsk: A 2024 Matthew Isakowitz Fellow
A Centimeter-Scale Quadruped Leverages Curved-Crease Origami
Centimeter-scale walking and crawling robots are in demand both for their ability to explore tight or cluttered environments and for their low fabrication costs. Now, pulling from origami-inspired construction, researchers led by Cynthia Sung, Gabel Family Term Assistant Professor in MEAM, have crafted a more simplified approach to the design and fabrication of these robots. READ MORE
Penn Engineering’s GRASP Lab Helps Lead $5M Effort to Accelerate Robotics Research
Mark Yim, Asa Whitney Professor of Mechanical Engineering in MEAM, will help lead a $5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) effort to accelerate human-robotic-interface by designing a humanoid robot to distribute to the scientific community. In collaboration with investigators at Oregon State University (OSU) and Semio, the goal for the program is to drive discovery and learning in computing and communication foundations, computer and network systems, and information and intelligent systems.
Penn Engineering’s primary contribution to the project will be the design of the new robot, Quori Version 2, while OSU will lead the forming of the human-robot-interaction research community. READ MORE
Research Impact Seminar – Bring Your Research Out of the Lab (Penn Engineering Entrepreneurship)
MEAM Seminar: “Dexterous Decision-Making for Real-World Robotic Manipulation”
MEAM Seminar: “Active Materials and Devices for Biomedical Applications”