May 10, 2021

FactoryCobotsBWThe Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has announced that Jared Glover, the CEO of CapSen Robotics, has been chosen as the first Arm Institute Fellow. In this role, Glover will execute a technical project that addresses key challenges that hinder the adoption of robotics in manufacturers. Glover’s project, an autonomous robot workspace model with an arm-mounted 3D camera, aims to help small and midsize manufacturers (SMMs) adopt robots by lowering the cost and time of robotic integration.

CapSen Robotics, which Glover co-founded, makes software that gives robots more spatial intelligence. Glover has a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT, where he developed and applied new theoretical tools for processing 3D orientation information to applications in computer vision and robot manipulation. He also holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he led a team developing robotic walkers. 

JaredGlover150x150“SMMs comprise a significant percentage of the DoD supply chain,” said Glover (photo, right). “Yet they often lag behind in the adoption of new technologies such as advanced robotics. This ARM Institute project will make it easier for SMMs to integrate and benefit from recent advances in 3D vision and motion planning software for applications like bin picking, machine tending, packaging, and assembly. I am honored that this project has been selected for the ARM Institute fellowship program.”

The institute’s fellowship program supports the AIM Higher Consortium, a group led by Catalyst Connection that exists to support small and medium manufacturers currently working in the defense manufacturing supply chain, or are actively pursuing opportunities in the Department of Defense space. Funding for the program was provided by the DoD through the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation’s Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program.

ARM said this project and Glover’s expertise will support the consortium’s work to strengthen defense manufacturing capabilities in West Virginia and the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The mission is to ensure that the U.S. is “unrivaled in military readiness and defense manufacturing capabilities through an industrial production ecosystem that melds advanced metals and materials” with Industry 4.0 technologies, such as robotics, additive manufacturing, and artificial intelligence.

“We are proud to work with Dr. Glover on this important work and support the AIM Higher Consortium,” said Matt Fischer, a program manager at ARM. “We are confident that the outputs of our fellowship program and Dr. Glover’s project will strengthen the regional defense supply chain and help small and medium-sized manufacturers more easily adopt robotics.”