It’s a Wednesday afternoon inside Truckee Meadows Community College’s new advanced manufacturing lab, located at the TMCC Applied Technology Center on Edison Way in Reno, which is humming along during a demonstration. The lab is proof TMCC is doubling down on efforts to prepare the Nevada workforce for openings at Tesla and many other companies playing a robot-centric role in the state’s booming advanced manufacturing sector.
The University of Nevada, Reno, leading a team of international partners that includes ETH Zurich, University of California, Berkeley, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Flyability, has been awarded the prestigious DARPA Subterranean Challenge grant for the proposal “CERBERUS: CollaborativE walking & flying RoBots for autonomous ExploRation in Underground Settings.”
Robots navigate obstacle courses and autonomous vehicles learn how to drive at the Nevada Center for Applied Research at the University of Nevada, Reno. And, that’s what’s happening in only one room of the three-story building. On the other floors, startups and other companies can access the physical and intellectual assets of the university to do groundbreaking research and create life-saving innovations.
One clay rectangle at a time, row upon rows of brick and mortar, was laid by SAM. However, SAM isn’t a mason. SAM100 is a bricklaying robot – the first to be used in the state of Nevada. The new University of Nevada, Reno Arts Building employed state-of-the-art technology in the construction of the $35.5 million facility.
Robots are rapidly transforming the way we live and work — and now they are playing a pivotal role in health care and the advancement of surgical techniques, including at Carson Tahoe Health here in Northern Nevada.
Cleaning up old nuclear waste sites around the country is a long, expensive and dangerous process – and autonomous robot research at the University of Nevada, Reno promises to help that process with a combination of advanced, intelligent, autonomous aerial and ground robots with a new level of perception, navigation and planning abilities.
What’s next? We already have Megatron, R2-D2, Optimus Prime and Rosie. On back-to-back days at Western Nevada College, students immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education showed what they could do when their minds were stimulated through technology and robotics.