Squishy Robotics in the News
Robots deployed during train derailment clean-up operations
“Our company was started to provide first responders with the situational awareness to keep themselves and the public they serve safe,” said Squishy Robotics COO Deniz Dogruer, “so it was gratifying to learn that the HazMat team members at our long-time partner Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue (SMFR) were using our 4-GasPLUS sensor robots to perform air monitoring during the department’s recent activities related to a train derailment in their county.”
Testing, demonstrations with Southern California first responders
Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings took a trip to Southern California earlier this month to meet with several fire departments and to demonstrate Squishy Robotics 4-GasPLUS tensegrity robots. One of the highlights of his trip was meeting with members of the Corona Fire Department.
Company awarded Navy contract
Squishy Robotics has started work on a contract with the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR). ONR fosters partnerships with academia, industry, and government to coordinate and sponsor scientific research and technology development for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
CITRIS Seed Award given for wildfire detection research
Dr. Alice Agogino, Squishy Robotics CEO and a UC Berkeley professor, and Dr. Becca Fenwick of UC Santa Cruz were joint recipients of one of the 2022 CITRIS Seed Awards. Their proposal, “Human-Drone-Robot Teaming for Wildfire Detection: Technology and Workforce Development,” focuses on better detection and prediction of wildfire events while also empowering fire professionals to leverage emerging technologies.
New pilot partnership with San Jose Fire Department
San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is the newest municipal fire department to sign a pilot partnership agreement with Squishy Robotics. This department, which serves the third largest city in California, protects approximately 1.2 million residents within the San Jose city limits as well as in additional unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.
Company tensegrity wins IDA prize
Squishy Robotics is honored to announce that our tensegrity design concept was awarded the 2022 Silver prize by the International Design Awards (IDA).
Our robots deployed in FEMA search & rescue training
The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “is helping people before, during, and after disasters.” To meet its objectives, FEMA provides world-class training and education for first responders, emergency managers, and community members. Several Squishy Robotics team members were invited to participate in a regional training session with FEMA US&R CA-TF 3.
COO Deniz Dogruer, Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings, and interns Kingston Chua, Jiaqi (Harold) Lian, and Oliver Parkin—as well as a few of the company’s sensor robots—joined more than three dozen Bay Area first responders in a hands-on FEMA confined space training exercise held earlier this year.
Squishy Robotics wins NIST communications testing award
“The communication of time-critical, life-saving data to first responders consists of both the reliable transmission of data—a task that often must be performed in less-than-ideal situations—as well as the presentation of data in a way that is easily digestible and actionable,” said Squishy Robotics COO Deniz Dogruer. Squishy Robotics sensor robots and associated software need to excel at both to better ensure the safety of the first responders that employ our products. “This grant will help our company to improve product communications as well as to conduct significant user experience testing that we believe will result in important first responder-recommended product improvements.”
Squishy Robotics has recently begun a year of testing communications equipment, protocols, and software, which is funded by a NIST PSCR grant award. The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a federal laboratory that focuses on evaluation of and improvements for public safety communications technologies. NIST is a non-regulatory agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce that develops standards that apply to various industries.
Video highlights Squishy Robotics’ contribution to green jobs growth
Squishy Robotics sensor robots and executive and engineering team members are featured in a recent episode of Horizons: On the Record that focuses on growing green jobs that can help combat climate change. CEO Dr. Alice Agogino, COO Deniz Dogruer, and Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings discussed how our company robots and technologies are helping in HazMat response and in wildfire mitigation.
Company participates in UTAC
Billed as “the most realistic and immersive UAS training conference in the World,” the Unmanned Tactical Application Conference, or UTAC 2022, took place at the end of October. Squishy Robotics was a proud sponser of UTAC for the second year in a row.
Squishy Robotics Receives Innovation Award
Squishy Robotics is honored to be a recipient of a 2022 East Bay Innovation Award. The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) selected Squishy Robotics as this year’s winner in the Engineering & Design category, announcing the prize as part of
Fighting Wildfires with Sensors
Company sensor robots were once again deployed at a Northern California prescribed burn event to gather data and perform tests to support company efforts in the development of a solution for the early detection of an emergent wildfire. Squishy Robotics interns Oliver
Presentation Highlights Company’s Tech Advancements
Squishy Robotics CEO Alice Agogino was an invited speaker at the 2022 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
Preliminary Insights from the Methane Emissions Study
Dr. Alice Agogino and researchers at Squishy Robotics are conducting a study on methane emissions detection, characterization, and remediation. The Methane Emissions Reporting study focuses on reviewing previous research data and interviewing leaders in the Oil and Gas industry, investors,
A.I. and Robotics: Detecting Methane to Fight Climate Change
Squishy Robotics CEO and co-founder Dr. Alice Agogino was one of the panelists for the inaugural session of “AI for Good,” a year-long digital series of events exploring how robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) can help achieve the United Nation (UN)’s Sustainability Goals and improve conditions for humankind and our planet.
Robots Tackle Dangers and Disasters in Georgia
Three tensegrity robots at work during the Subway Terrorist Attack scenario.
Sensor Robots Fighting Wildfires
Squishy Robotics recently participated in a prescribed burn event in Novato, CA that was run by F.I.R.E. Foundry and a local fire department.
New Fire Department Partner
The Olathe Fire Department is now a Squishy Robotics pilot partner. Squishy Robotics shipped three tensegrity robots in mid-August to the Kansas fire department, which coordinated the robot delivery with the department’s delivery of a new DJI Matrice 300 drone for emergency response.
Funding for Advanced Communications Technologies
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Squishy Robotics a Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) supplement to our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant, which was awarded in 2019.
Successful Non-Drone Deployments in HazMat Trainings
Squishy Robotics’ sensor robots were among the innovative public safety solutions included in a Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue (SMFR) HazMat training exercise held in late June. The training exercise, which simulated a HazMat leak from a railroad tanker car, was conducted at a chemical facility in Manatee County, Florida.
Squishy Robotics Is Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Finalist
Squishy Robotics is excited to be a finalist in Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), a global competition enabling young companies to show how their innovations and ideas can address the greatest crises facing humanity and our planet. Squishy Robotics is among 56 finalists
Squishy Robotics Wins Silicon Valley Robotics Industry Award
Squishy Robotics was among the recipients of the inaugural “Good Robot” Industry Awards presented by the non-profit industry association, Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR). The SVR Industry Awards celebrate the robotics, automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will help the world solve global challenges.
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