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The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute announced that Jared Glover, CEO and co-founder of CapSen Robotics, has been selected as the institute’s first Fellow. As an ARM Institute Fellow, Glover will execute a technical project to address key challenges that hinder the adoption of robotics for manufacturers.
During his ARM Institute fellowship, Glover will work on his project: Autonomous Robot Workspace Modeling with an Arm-Mounted 3D Camera. This project aims to help small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) adopt robotic technologies by lowering the cost and time of robot integration and making it easier for users to deploy robots in high-mix, low-volume applications and to move the robot around to new work cell locations in a factory.
This project and Glover’s expertise will support the AIM Higher Consortium’s work to strengthen defense manufacturing capabilities in West Virginia and the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The AIM Higher Consortium’s mission is to ensure that the United States is unrivaled in military readiness and defense manufacturing capabilities through an industrial production ecosystem that melds advanced metals and materials with Industry 4.0 technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and additive manufacturing.
“We are proud to work with Dr. Glover on this important work and support the AIM Higher Consortium,” said Matt Fischer, ARM Institute Program Manager, “We are confident that the outputs from our fellowship program and Dr. Glover’s project will strengthen the regional defense supply chain and help small and medium-sized manufacturers more easily adopt robotics.”
CapSen Robotics is a company that makes software to give robots more spatial intelligence. Glover received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2014, where he developed and applied new theoretical tools for processing 3D orientation information to applications in computer vision and robot manipulation. Prior to that, he completed his B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he led a team developing robotic walkers. He has 20 years of research experience in robotics and computer vision and over 500 paper citations. He is also on the boards of Catalyst Connection, a private non-profit that provides consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Pittsburgh Robotics Network.
“SMMs comprise a significant percentage of the DoD supply chain,” said Glover. “Yet they often lag behind in the adoption of new technologies such as advanced robotics. This ARM Institute project will make it easier for SMMs to integrate and benefit from recent advances in 3D vision and motion planning software for applications like bin picking, machine tending, packaging, and assembly. I am honored that this project has been selected for the ARM Institute fellowship program.”
The ARM Institute plans to host more ARM Institute Fellows in the future. The next call for ARM Institute Fellows is slated for fall 2021.