If you've ever seen a robot maneuver into position and retrieve a bomb, then
you're on track for understanding the importance of Sandia National Lab's
modular architecture for robotics and teleoperation (SMART). "Smart is a
software tool for assembling control systems in a modular fashion," says Phil
Bennett, the project leader at Sandia responsible for SMART.
Bennett is working with a robot from REMOTEC (Oak Ridge, TN) and creating a
wheeled police unit that makes how-to decisions on it's own, freeing it's
operator to make critical "what to do next" decisions during dangerous bomb
disablement operations. The robot makes repetitive decisions, like how to move
through doors or down hallways.
SMART's applications include situations where quick control configuration is
required for a movement that is performed once or performed differently every
time, such as clean-up of hazardous materials or the removal of debris in an
For more information, visit Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center
at www.sandia.gov/isrc. For licensing
inquiries, contact Sandia's Business Manager Ray Shaum at firstname.lastname@example.org.