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06/15/10 Robots are being used to assess the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as repair the damage. By Geoffrey Oldmixon Robots are front and center in the Gulf of Mexico these days. Americans are glued to their TV sets, newspapers, and Web media outlets, monitoring the progress of the worst oil spill in U.S. history. A lot of what they’re seeing—in addition to globs and swaths of oil—is robotics in action. Indeed, from fact gathering to strategy execution, robotics technologies are at the heart of the oil spill response. Measuring and Assessing The BP…