Reliability of these robot systems is critical. The Rice group is currently working on the following topics and techniques:
A major focus of the Group is the Environmental Restoration and Waste Management project funded by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Rice University is part of the Cross Cutting and Advanced Technology effort which is part of the University Research and Development program. Currently, fourteen research projects exist to address various topics to improves the reliability of robots for the clean-up of hazardous waste at DOE sites.
The following Success Trees (complements of Fault Trees) describe how the the results of the University Research projects can help to increase the overall reliability of these specialized robots.