An updated version of the 2009 "A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics, From Internet to Robotics" report was released in November, expanding on the topics discussed in the original 2009 roadmap and addressing the areas of public safety, earth science, and workforce development.
The updated Robotics Roadmap also emphasizes robotics as a validated science, technology, engineering, and math education and career recruitment tool, and calls for additional research in the field.
In addition, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) in November released the "National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots" (NRI-2.0) program solicitation. "The program expands the co-robot theme in terms of the scale and variety of collaborative interactions that are the focus of this program," the report says. "Important new themes of the NRI-2.0 program include collaborative teams of humans and robots, easily customized and personalized robots, and infrastructure to lower the barriers to entry into the field of co-robots."
NRI-2.0 has expanded inter-agency support to include the NSF, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Department of Agriculture.
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