NSF I/UCRC Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-being (ROSE-HUB)

I/UCRC, which stands for Industry University Cooperative Research Center, is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded consortium of companies and universities working together on industry-relevant research in an emerging field.

ROSE-HUB is a multi-university NSF I/UCRC focused on applied robotics and sensing research in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, energy, transportation manufacturing, material handling, homeland security, and emergency preparedness and response. University partners include: University of Minnesota (Lead University), University of Pennsylvania, University of Denver, UNC Charlotte, and the newest member Purdue University. This is the only NSF I/UCRC focused on robotic and sensing technology for human safety and security. It replaces the NSF I/UCRC SSR-RC.

SITE MISSION: The UNC Charlotte ROSE-HUB site mission is to conduct member-oriented, multidisciplinary research on computation-driven robotic and sensor systems augmented by data analysis, to improve the safety, capability and well-being of humans as workers, patients, and customers.

SITE DIRECTOR: Dr. Jing Xiao, IEEE Fellow, Professor of Computer Science, xiao@uncc.edu, 704-687-8587.

MEMBERSHIP: Annual full membership fee is at least $35,000 (minimum), and Affiliate membership fee is at least $10,000. We recommend a fee contribution at the level of $50,000 or above for effectively funding research projects most relevant to the member’s interest. Members can be from industry, government, and also non-profit organizations. We aim to create a healthy ecosystem of member companies to best leverage the center/site’s research expertise and maximize benefit to each member as a value multiplier:

  • Leverage member R&D budgets through substantial return of investment (ROI) in new technologies of common interests. Membership fees are to fund faculty research projects driven by members and subject to only 10% overhead.

  • Expand member R&D Efforts by gaining access to royalty-free licenses for technology developed at all I/UCRC ROSE-HUB university sites.

  • Expand member industry growth by strategic cooperation with other member industries working with related technologies to accelerate commercialization.

  • Access to an experienced talent pool of students at all levels, including PhD graduates, to hire, who are trained and already exposed to member organizations, needs and culture.

CURRENT MEMBERS: Each site of the multi-university center has its own consortium of member companies. The UNC Charlotte site currently has the following full members: Electric Power Research Institute (http://www.epri.com/), Carolinas Healthcare System (http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/), the Daniel Group (http://www.thedanielgroup.com/), SSI SCHAEFER (http://www.ssi-schaefer.de/en/home.html),  Curacloud (http://www.curacloudcorp.com/), Clever-M (http://www.clever-m.com/), and ABB (www.abb.com).

CONTACT: Kathleen Elkins, Business Development Director, kelkins@uncc.edu, 704-995-7558.

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