A SPOT robot navigating autonomously.

Building next generation autonomous robots to serve humanity

Nov. 17, 2023

One thousand feet underground, a four-legged creature scavenges through tunnels in pitch darkness. With vision that cuts through the blackness, it explores a spider web of paths, remembering its every step and navigating with precision. The sound of its movements echo eerily off the walls, but it is not to...

Two underground robots in a cave.

CU Boulder offers new graduate program in robotics

Sept. 20, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder has started a graduate engineering program in robotics to fill a growing need in an in-demand field. The CU Regents have approved new Master of Science and PhD degree options in robotics that will provide students a flexible education that merges hardware and software engineering,...

Sean Humbert

Professor Sean Humbert featured on the Blister Labs podcast

Sept. 6, 2022

Professor Sean Humbert discusses the movie Real Genius, flies, ski testing and dynamic modeling, math and slarving and more.

Sean Humbert

Sean Humbert to serve on the DARPA Microsystems Exploratory Council

Feb. 11, 2022

Professor Sean Humbert, an expert in micro robotics and systems design, will help the Microsystems Exploratory Council identify new research avenues as it relates to Department of Defense and national security issues.


Engineers win $500,000 in international underground robotics competition

Sept. 24, 2021

A CU Boulder team has taken home third place and $500,000 in prize money in an international competition that sends teams of robots deep underground to conduct search-and-rescue operations.

DARPA Subterranean Challenge

It has to work: Sub T Challenge sharpens students’ skill in the field

April 17, 2020

CU Boulder is one of several funded teams in the Subterranean Challenge, a competition launched by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to stimulate and test ideas around autonomous robot use in difficult underground environments.

DARPA Subterranean Challenge testing at Edgar Experimental Mine

CU Boulder underground drone competes in first of three DARPA subterranean challenges

Aug. 19, 2019

CU Boulder researcher Sean Humbert and collaborators engaged in the first of three DARPA subterranean challenges. They sent drones on a mock search and rescue operation down miles of NIOSH Coal Mine steam tunnels in Pittsburgh.

drone flies in smoke

Engineers Want Drones To Go Subterranean To Save Lives After Earthquakes And Cave-Ins

Jan. 8, 2019

Professor Sean Humbert is leading a team in a national competition, the Subterranean Challenge. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency gifted the university a $4.5 million grant to fund Humbert's team. Catch his story on CPR News.

soft robotics

ME faculty part of $2M NSF grant for soft robotics work

Nov. 28, 2018

Soft robotics promises substantial advantages over traditional rigid robots. ME faculty are working toward widespread adoption and practical applications for soft robotic HASEL actuators through a new $2M award from the National Science Foundation.