Drs. van Oort and Ashok presented recent efforts in drilling automation in a SPE webinar earlier this semester.
From their website: "In an innovative move, The University of Texas under the guidance of Professor Eric van Oort has opened laboratories targeting drilling automation. The drilling automation laboratory features a drill rig simulator, the first of its kind at an American University, and students and faculty have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that supports research, development and teaching. The recorded webcast below describes the current and future capabilities of the drilling automation laboratories, the goals of the drilling automation program at UT Austin, and current research topics such as automatic rig sensor data validation."
The webinar was recorded and can be viewed here.