This project seeks to minimize supply chain disruptions while keeping human workers safe.

This technology project was selected from a Project Call focused on catalyzing solutions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare the United States and Department of Defense to respond to future pandemics. This project specifically addresses supply chain concerns.


This robotic solution focuses on increasing flexibility in e-commerce to better respond to sudden supply chain disruption demands, which existed before the COVID-19 pandemic and were further exacerbated by the crisis. The project team will work to develop a fully autonomous collaborative robot that can travel to stocked items and pick things from within storage containers.


Respond to sudden supply chain disruptions caused by pandemics and other similarly disruptive situations.

Technical Approach

This project is focused on ARM’s strategic area of investment in intelligent robotic systems.


Johnson & Johnson (PI), IAM Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University