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MnRI Seed Grants and Upcoming Research Opportunity Grants

A Statement from the Minnesota Robotics Institute

We know that incidents of bias, harassment, and discrimination are on the rise and impacting international students and Asian Americans. The tragic events in Atlanta are a painful reminder of the hate that our friends, family, and colleagues in the Asian community face everyday.

The Minnesota Robotics Institute stands in solidarity with every member of our community to stop hate and condemn racism, xenophobia, and violence. We ask that everyone joins in spreading this message and actively working to fight for equality and justice for all people.

Please see below for ways to get involved and other helpful resources:

If you have any questions, concerns, or problems, please email us back here at mnri@umn.edu and we will try to help in any way we can!


View MnRI's COVID-19 Resources here

Read the MnRI Biennial Report

Summarizing the impact made by the Minnesota Robotics Institute so far, the Biennial Report highlights also other successes in the organization.

View the Biennial Report here

The Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI) is an outcome of the University of Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative that brings together interdisciplinary researchers to solve grand challenges and increase Minnesota’s position as a worldwide leader in robotics research and education. MnRI is housed in the world-class Gemini-Huntley Research Laboratory, made possible by a generous gift from Jim & Sharon Weinel and Fred & Siri Oss.

 

Minnesota, at the heart of a growing robotics industry

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From surgical robots to self-driving cars, robotics and computer intelligence are changing our lives at a rapid pace. Minnesota is at the frontier of these challenges with global players such as 3M, Medtronic, Mayo, Honeywell, and Cargill looking for creative ideas and human talent. Partnerships between the Minnesota Robotics Institute and local industry create unique opportunities for education and research that benefits all of society.

MnRI, in the heart of a cutting-edge robotics facility

Our new 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art robotics research labs in Shepherd Laboratories includes nine flexible robotics labs and various work spaces for faculty and graduate students—including a two-story drone lab and labs that will provide research space for research on underwater robots. The Gemini-Huntley Robotics Research Laboratory was funded by a $10 million private gift and $2 million from the University's MnDRIVE initiative. 

The people, at the heart of MnRI

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Photo credit
Eric Miller

The Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI) connects faculty and students from across the University of Minnesota with industry professionals. At the heart of MnRI is a core of people—from the most senior faculty to the newest student—who push forward our mission to advance innovation and education in robotics.

View a snapshot of the people behind our research on the Research Highlights web page