The COVID-19 pandemic caused overcrowding in hospitals, leading to potential delays in treatment both for COVID-19 and other health issues that would typically require hospitalization. This project seeks to mitigate this issue by developing a team of robots that can aid in building solar-powered, versatile structures to be used for a variety of functions, such as shelter, infection control, medical care, and more.


Create a robotic solution to quickly standing up overflow quarantine structures that can be deployed in pandemics and other disasters.

Technical Approach

The team of robots will work alongside human workers in building the structures, enabling a shorter time to build. Specifically, RPI is working to design, build, and program a team of small human-directed robotic platforms to take on the hard work of holding heavy material, rotating it, and pulling it taut while it is being joined together as part of this project. This project will impact any manufacturing operations where multiple robotic agents act together to accomplish a common objective.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PI), Pvilion, Albany Medical Center (participant)