University of Michigan FMC Robotics Building

University of Michigan FMC Robotics Building

Architect
HED
Location
Ann Arbor, MI, USA | View Map
Category
Universities
Tom Harris

Exploring the future of robotics and autonomous vehicles

HED as Architects

From idea-sharing and cross-pollination to efficient operations, most research programs benefit from the co-location of affiliated research disciplines. With the new Ford Motor Company Robotics Building, the University of Michigan is taking this idea one (autonomous) step further.

photo_credit Tom Harris
Tom Harris

Designed to meet three critical, overarching objectives—flexibility, collaboration and innovation—the interdisciplinary facility will both accommodate the common needs of each research discipline and seamlessly incorporate spaces crafted to the exact specifications of individual teams: a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles. An outdoor obstacle course for walking robots. High-bay garage space for self-driving cars.

photo_credit Tom Harris
Tom Harris

The completed building, now pursuing LEED Silver certification, will not only place the University of Michigan among a select group of universities with a dedicated robotics facility, but also deepen the university’s relationship with Ford. In an unprecedented move, the major automobile manufacturer has plans to lease the facility’s fourth floor, establishing its first research laboratory located on a university campus.

photo_credit Tom Harris
Tom Harris

The future of robotics and autonomous vehicles is wide open; now, with a state-of-the-art facility, world-class faculty and elite student researchers, the University of Michigan is positioned to take the lead.

photo_credit Tom Harris
Tom Harris
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