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Diligent Robotics Bringing autonomous mobile manipulation to hospitals

Jan 30, 2018

Great write up in IEEE Spectrum by Evan Akerman, giving a nice technical perspective on our work. "Diligent Robotics, a startup founded by Andrea Thomaz and Vivian Chu, is undaunted by the challenge of autonomous mobile manipulation in semi-structured environments."  [full article]



Diligent Robotics raises $2.1M in SEed Funding

Jan 10, 2018 

Today we are announcing our $2.1 million seed investment, led by Silicon-Valley-based True Ventures. We are honored to be joining the True portfolio, and to have Rohit Sharma on our board to help navigate the early days.  Also investing is Pathbreaker Ventures, with Ryan Gembala asking all the right questions about service robotics.  Boom Capital, with Celestine Schnugg who we could see from our first meeting, is going to bring a unique perspective.  And Next Coast Ventures is a local investor, who not only joined our seed round but are letting us work out of their new office space in downtown Austin as we ramp up. We are incredibly excited to have assembled an amazing set of people backing the vision of Diligent Robotics, and we are ready to hit the ground running to bring that vision to reality.

We are looking forward to an incredible 2018, as we hire our founding team and deploy robots with the first set of hospital customers in our early adopters program.


SBIR Phase 2 funding from NSF

Oct 1, 2017

We have been awarded a $500k Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation. This is a Phase II grant for research on “Mobile Manipulation Hospital Service Robots” and is follow-up to the Phase I grant of $225k awarded in 2016. The 6-month Phase I grant allowed us to build up a small team for a sprint to prototype, and resulted in 1-week technical feasibility tests at three different Austin-area hospitals (Poli is seen here with the nursing team at Seton Medical Center Austin). We look forward to building on these early results during Phase II of the project, building our next prototypes and focusing on long term pilot testing with hospitals to establish the technical and commercial feasibility of hospital service robots for acute care units. Our goal is to develop service robots that hospital staff view as a competent and useful member of the care team.




OPENING DAY at Dell seton Medical Center

May 13, 2017

The Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, is Seton Healthcare’s newest teaching hospital in Austin. We were invited to demo our hospital service robot in their opening day celebration. Poli performed fetch and deliver tasks all afternoon in the ICU, showing visitors how Seton is taking the lead in technology innovation to improve patient care.  

“Time is precious and we want to spend our time with our patients, not on non-clinical tasks that a robot can do.The community trusts us to provide person-centered care, and this is just one more way we are doing that. We’re constantly working to improve the patient’s experience,”  -- Kristi Henderson, VP of Innovation and Virtual Care, Seton Healthcare