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Center Overview

Robots and Sensors for the Human Well-Being (ROSE-HUB) focuses on technologies that will automate tasks or organize and extract useful information from large volumes of data related to the well-being of humans — such as their activity, communications, mental conditions, and rehabilitation.

ROSE-HUB's mission is to conduct 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.

Robotics and artificial intelligence technologies are the driving forces enabling automation of processes previously unimaginable. Examples include virtual environments, immersion and visualization, the "internet of things", autonomous driving, medical imaging for cancer detection, environmental monitoring, and precision animal agriculture.

ROSE-HUB research will make heavy use of commercial cameras that can work in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum (e.g., visible, infrared, thermal, etc.), laser, or radar sensors. Sensors may be embedded in robots or flying drones or they may be fixed with limited degrees of motion (pan-tilt-zoom cameras).

In the areas of algorithms and learning methods, the focus and the challenge is to create methodologies that can balance real-time operation and computational power while providing high-level semantic information either for planning, interaction, or situational awareness for human operators.

Efforts to develop robots will focus on building systems with advanced mobility, manipulation, human-machine interaction, and coordination skills.


  • University of Denver
  • Purdue University
  • University of Minnesota

Center Personnel

Anneliese Andrews
Site Director - Denver University

Ani Hsieh
Site Director _ University of Pennsylvania

Prof. Jing Xiao
Site Director - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Eric Matson


Mr. Michael Bazakos
Site Managing Director - University of Minnesota

Prof. Mo Rastgaar,
Site Director - Purdue University

Dr. Vassilios Morellas
ROSE-HUB Center Director

Research Focus

ROSE-HUB's research areas are organized in the following topics:

Agriculture is an ideal industry for autonomous robots and systems because it involves many processes that are labor intensive and repetitive. ROSE-HUB focuses on two areas of agriculture: precision agriculture, which aims to maximize yield per acre and sustainability while minimizing costs; and automated agriculture, which is the physical process of maintaining and harvesting the produce.

Industrial, transportation
Many industrial events, such as nuclear or natural disasters, are too dangerous for humans. Smart robots equipped with the right suite of sensors can prove very valuable in these situations, and put a safe distance between people and harm's way.

Tracking goods 24/7, including food and other products, has enormous impact on our economy and national security. Containers arriving at our ports from international sites are moving targets for potential terrorism. Automated transportation and persistent sensing technologies will minimize and eventually eliminate these risks.

Medical, health
Medical robotics, including surgical robotics and robotics for rehabilitation, is a new field of research that has dramatic impact on society. Advances in computer vision and robotic research have enabled the creation of advanced tools to aid in the diagnosis of mental illnesses, types of cancer, and more.

Robots, unmanned aerial vehicles
This research area develops the next-generation robotic systems and has two major components. One is to develop and embed real-time computer vision and artificial intelligence algorithms that will enable humanlike capabilities and behaviors in robots. The other component is to develop systems of collaborating heterogeneous robotic platforms (land, air, and sea) to accomplish very complex and/or dangerous tasks to keep humans from harm's way.