The Defense Department has selected American Robotics to establish an innovation hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a new robotics manufacturing institute as part of the Manufacturing USA network.
The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing institute will contribute $173 million and will receive $80 million in federal funds to provide incentives to companies that invest in U.S. technology development efforts, DoD said Friday.
American Robotics’ ARM institute is composed of 123 industry partners, 64 government and nonprofit organizations and 40 academic institutions and will serve as the eight Pentagon-led institute and the 14th member of the Manufacturing USA network.
The institute has developed several technologies in dexterous manipulation, robot control, perception and sensing, autonomous navigation and testing, among other areas.
The ARM institute will work to develop and field robotic technology platforms through the integration of knowledge and industry practices in the field of artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, human and machine behavior modeling and materials science.
The Manufacturing USA’s network of institutes is composed of industry, government and academic organizations that work to build up the country’s edge in advanced manufacturing through co-investments in the development of manufacturing platforms and capabilities.