Robots that are considered to have achieved autonomy are capable of performing tasks in the world by themselves, without explicit human control. More broadly, they are often robots that have transitioned out of labs and into a variety of daily use, such as autonomous hospital room sterilization robots and the widely adopted Roomba vacuum system. These robots must sense their environments, reason about appropriate courses of action, and take effective measures in a safe and efficient manner. In developing even the most basic of future autonomous consumer products, engineers from across diverse disciplines must coordinate research to ensure that hardware and software are optimized for compatibility and scalable from laboratory floor to production line. For more specialized use autonomous robotics, such as disaster rescue and remediation, space exploration, and other constrained access locations, the requirement for harsh environment tested electronics and resilient materials creates an even greater need to "engineer in teams" to find novel solutions.
IRIM houses a range of Computing and Engineering faculty working together on issues on robotics autonomy. Georgia Tech is known for its bio-inspired research in robotics, resulting in a campus menagerie of hopping, walking, slithering, driving, flying, and swimming robots.
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