UC researchers awarded $1.2 million grant to develop low-cost, easy-to-operate robots to use in post-COVID-19 world

“When communities reopen, not everyone will be able to return to in-person activities,” UCI research scientist Veronica Ahumada-Newhart said in a statement. “Through this work, we will create telemanipulation robots that allow people to participate in social gatherings, family events and cultural activities in public spaces.” The robots will be designed with tactile sensing, manipulation capabilities and technology to transmit information through touch, according to UCI officials.