Willow Garage Awards Healthcare Robotics Lab New Robot

Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab is welcoming a new member to its growing family of robots.

Robotics research lab Willow Garage, which develops open-source software and hardware for robotics applications, awarded the lab one of 11 of its PR2 robots as part of its PR2 Beta Program. 

Willow Garage received 78 proposals for the 11 robots, which are valued at $4.4 million. Other recipients include MIT CSAIL, Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Tokyo, Jouhou System Kougaku (JSK) Laboratory.

The Healthcare Robotics Lab will be placing the PR2 robot into Georgia Tech's Aware Home to study how robots interact with older adults with assistive requirements and aid in developing software that reflects the read world needs of these individuals.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.