center for robotics and embedded systems University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering


CRES is an interdisciplinary organized research unit (ORU) in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that focuses on the science and technology of robotic systems, with broad and far-reaching applications. CRES projects span the areas of service, humanoid, distributed, reconfigurable, space, and nano robotics and impact a broad spectrum of applications, including assistance, training and rehabilitation, education, environmental monitoring and cleanup, emergency response, homeland security, and entertainment.

The Center was established in the fall of 2002 and continues to grow. It serves as a linch pin for strategic research areas at USC and facilitates interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations through its robotics faculty and its large and diverse team of affiliates within USC and outside. CRES is also active in education and outreach to the inner-city area around the campus and beyond.

The goals of CRES are to:

  • Integrate and promote excellence in USC's broad robotics research
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Improve robotics education and integrate robotics into education
  • Get robotics out of the lab and into society


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