SparkCognition Partners with UT Austin to Advance AI in Robotics

HyperWerx facility by SparkCognition

April 28, 2022

SparkCognition, which develops artificial intelligence software, has announced a partnership with Texas Robotics at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). The partnership will aim to advance AI in robotics and create practical industry applications. 

The effort will include both primary research on long-term autonomy and student education, using SparkCognition’s HyperWerx facility, an AI proving ground for devices ranging from robots to unmanned aerial vehicles, and factory automation to oil and gas exploration, located on 50 acres in the greater Austin area.

“Commercial advancements in AI and robotics are introducing capabilities that promise to enable widespread access to safer, more sustainable and productive workplaces,” said Peter Stone, Ph.D., a professor in the university’s Department of Computer Science and director of Texas Robotics. “HyperWerx allows us the opportunity to evaluate our robotics innovations via hands-on experiments under realistic conditions, thus enriching our understanding of what these systems are capable of, as well as facilitating educational experiences.”

Texas Robotics includes researchers and students from multiple departments and colleges at UT Austin, including the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences, as well as the computer science department. The group offers education and research that emphasizes long-term autonomy and human-robot interaction, targeting practical applications across several industrial use cases. Through its Industrial Affiliate Program, Texas Robotics works with partners to address real-world robotics challenges in the industrial sector.

The company’s HyperWerx campus is committed to fostering design, development, experimentation, and commercialization of AI-enabled physical solutions. The facility works with industry, partners, and universities to provide interactive research environments and hands-on lab spaces. WIth its collaboration with Texas Robotics, UT Austin students will have access to industry and technology experts and the latest equipment for aerial and terrestrial development at HyperWerx, SparkCognition said.

“Texas Robotics is a great representation of the university’s dedication to innovation in robotics and the use of artificial intelligence to fuel industrial change,” said Bruce Porter, chief science officer at SparkCognition and a two-time chairman of UT Computer Science. “By bringing this investment in innovation to our HyperWerx facility, the university can accelerate their research through physical experimentation and close collaboration, ultimately advancing the commercialization of robotics into society.”

For more details on the HyperWerx facility, visit the SparkCognition website here.

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