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NSF RoSeHUB Center

Graduated Site of the NSF Center on RObots and SEnsors for the HUman well-Being

The NSF RoSe-HUB center is a multi-university Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, or I/UCRC, that works on a collaborative, medium-term research agenda addressing the development of robots and sensors for human assistance, home healthcare, agRobotics, emergency response, high-consequence materials handling, and manufacturing at small, medium and large scales. Purdue is a graduated site of RoSe-HuB.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1439717 and 0841483.

Please click the image to examine our brochure on Collaborative Robotics:

Upcoming Meetings

Purdue no longer participates in the center meetings, so see the Robotics Seminar page for other meetings of interest.


Projects under the Purdue RoSe-HUB site are proposed by faculty, in consultation with industry members, voted on the Industrial Advisory Board, and funded by the Executive Board of the member universities. This ensures strong collaboration and buy-in from both industry and the faculty researchers.

Precision Dairy Agriculture Sensors

PIs: Robert Nawrocki, Purdue; Richard Voyles, Purdue; Brittany Newell, Purdue

CPS for Dairy Farms
Current state-of-the-art of dairy farming is technologically advanced, but based primarily on average information. The Precision Dairy Farm of the Future will be based on individual animal data, just like the small family farm of the past, but across the vast herds of today.

Hot Zone Sampling with Long-Distance UAVs and UAV Swarm

PIs: Dave Cappelleri, Purdue; Richard Voyles, Purdue; Shoushuai Mou, Purdue

Modular Serpentine Robots with Reconfiguration

PIs: Richard Voyles, Purdue; Howie Choset, Carnegie Mellon

The MOTHERSHIP represents a new class of hybrid ground robot that combines treads, limbs, and serpentine locomotion.

MOTHERSHIP - Modular Omnidirectional Terrain Handler for Emergency Response, Serpentine and Holonomic for Instantaneous Propulsion

This novel robot was developed as part of an instrument developed under NSF MRI 1450342 and is used by projects in the NSF Center for Robots and Sensors for the Human Well Being (RoSeHUB) NSF 1439717.

Awesome YouTube Video of MOTHERSHIP in action!!

MOTHERSHIP on stairs in the Collaborative Robotics Lab

Robotic Handling of High-Consequence Materials

PIs: Richard Voyles, Purdue; Nikos Papanikolopoulos, Minnesota

Team that performed at the DOE Science of Safety Exhibition

Flexible Displays for Kitchen IOT

PIs: BC Min, Purdue; Richard Voyles, Purdue

SuperBaxter: Next Generation Collaborative Robot for Manufacturing

PIs: Juan Wachs, Purdue; Richard Voyles, Purdue

Super Baxter Photo

Super Baxter is a next-generation collaborative robot based on existing technologies from Rethink Robotics and Barrett Technology, coupled with the Purdue/DU physical avatar for natural human interaction.

Cyber Physical Systems with Multi-Robots for Persistent Water Monitoring

PIs: BC Min, Purdue; Richard Voyles, Purdue

Sediment Sampler

Contaminants in our lake bottoms and river beds can be highly toxic and the sediments found are a bellwether of future health. We are examining, with the NEXUS Institute, robotic sampling systems to make the testing of these precious ecosystems easier and more frequent, so we know the state of health of our fresh water systems.

Industry and Government Partners

Oregon Tool Dept. of Energy


Related Publications from NSF SSR-RC

Robotics Sources

Distributed Robotics Source List

Semiconductor Manufacturers

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Copyright: © 2016-2019,2023 by Richard M. Voyles

rvoyles [at] purdue [dot] edu

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