Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Robert Gao Received a New NSF Grant

A team of four faculty members from Case Western Reserve University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and University of Florida, have received a $1.5 million collaborative grant from NSF’s National Robotics Initiative. The project, funded for the period of September 15, 2018 – August 31, 2022, is entitled “Manufacturing USA: Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Smart Factory”. 
The project is motivated by the recognition that a strong manufacturing industry is of foundational importance to the nation’s economic prosperity, and investments in manufacturing have a strong multiplying effect on the broader economy.

The four faculty members of the project, together with an Italian robot automation company in Michigan and a research institute of the National Research Council of Italy, will work on several fundamental problems related to human-robot collaboration in a manufacturing environment.

As the PI for CWRU and funded at $453K, Prof. Gao and his students will develop stochastic modeling and machine learning techniques for reliable recognition and prediction of human actions and motions in different manufacturing settings to enable multi-scale human-robot coordination.