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by ,   -   September 23, 2016
Source: The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

Ethics guidelines for robots; $1m grant for cobot research; Lyft fleet to be autonomous in 5 years; self-driving car policy; Russian bot arrested, and more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week.

by   -   September 21, 2016

The US Department of Transportation is enthusiastically embracing automated driving, saying that self-driving vehicles are coming in some form (or many forms) and that the agency can play a role not only in supervising but also in assisting this transportation transformation.

by   -   September 21, 2016
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different 'emotions' like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL
From L-R: PhD Fadel Adib, PhD Mingmin Zhao and Professor Dina Katabi demonstrating different ’emotions’ like the picture. Credit: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL

By measuring your heartbeat and breath, this device from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab can tell if you’re excited, happy, angry or sad
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by   -   September 20, 2016

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."

by   -   September 19, 2016

It takes off like a helicopter, then tilts 90 degrees and flies like a plane, using a single rotor blade. Because of that, it is light-weight and can fly long distances. Meet the delftAcopter: a new autonomous hybrid drone, developed in the MAVLab of Delft University of Technology.

Sharp Electronics has unveiled a security patrol unmanned ground vehicle called the INTELLOS A-UGV, and more.

by   -   September 15, 2016
Images shows the aggregation behavior that the robots should learn ( final snapshot of an already aggregated system). Credit: Roderich Gross
Image shows the aggregation behavior that the robots should learn (final snapshot of an already aggregated system). Credit: Roderich Gross

We have developed a new machine learning method at the University of Sheffield called Turing Learning that allows machines to model natural or artificial systems.

by   -   September 14, 2016
Source: DRCihmcRobotics
Source: DRCihmcRobotics

A video posted to YouTube last week shows Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot Atlas balancing on one foot, while standing on a 2cm thick plywood edge.

A Project Wing delivery drone. Credit: Alphabet
A Project Wing delivery drone. Credit: Alphabet

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

We are a decade into what is often described as “the drone revolution,” a period of remarkable growth in the development, proliferation, and use of military unmanned systems technology. In our latest report, “The Drone Revolution Revisited,” we profile three dozen key military drone programs that have defined the period—from failed high-altitude surveillance aircraft to hugely popular unmanned ground vehicles—in order to establish the successes, patterns, and pitfalls of the drone revolution so far, and what it all means for the future.

by   -   September 9, 2016
“Every year, large numbers of K-12 students are not able to go to school due to illness, which has negative academic, social and medical consequences,” says UCI doctoral student Veronica Newhart, lead author of a study on the benefits of telepresence robots, such as the one shown. Credit: Steve Zylius / UCI
“Every year, large numbers of K-12 students are not able to go to school due to illness, which has negative academic, social and medical consequences,” says UCI doctoral student Veronica Newhart, lead author of a study on the benefits of telepresence robots, such as the one shown. Credit: Steve Zylius / UCI

Chronically ill, homebound children who use robotic surrogates to “attend” school feel more socially connected with their peers and more involved academically, according to a first-of-its-kind study by University of California, Irvine education researchers.

by   -   September 9, 2016

The advanced prosthesis DARPA is using in the HAPTIX program is DEKA’s “Luke” robotic arm, a 14 DoF cybernetic total arm replacement system. However, the arm is currently controlled by simple user interfaces designed for testing, and part of what HAPTIX hopes to deliver are interfaces that utilize control signals from muscles and nerves, while simultaneously delivering sensory feedback. OSRF is providing a customized version of the Gazebo simulator to the HAPTIX teams.

by   -   September 8, 2016
Two UGVs and two UAVs in front of the San Francesco church. Credit: TRADR project
Two UGVs and two UAVs in front of the San Francesco church. Credit: TRADR project

After the devastating earthquake in Amatrice, Italy, on August 24th, the Vigili del Fuoco (Italian fire brigade) requested assistance from the TRADR (Long-Term Human-Robot Teaming for Robot-Assisted Disaster Response) project (EU FP7 framework, grant No. 60963). TRADR deployed two Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist the post-earthquake response in Amatrice.

August 29, 2016 – September 4, 2016

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A U.S. airstrike in Syria killed Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a senior strategist and spokesperson for the Islamic State. According to two U.S. officials who spoke with the New York Times, the strike was carried out by a drone and was the result of close collaboration between the CIA and Special Operations forces. The airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying al-Adnani near the northern city of Al-Bab.

The Federal Aviation Administration implemented its Part 107 regulations, which govern drone operations in the U.S. National Airspace System. The regulations establish flight procedures and pilot certification requirements for non-recreational drone use. In a press conference, FAA chief Michael Huerta said that the FAA intends to issue waivers for certain operations that are currently not permitted by Part 107, such as flying at night or over crowds. The agency expects 600,000 commercial drone operators to be airborne by the end of the year. (Wall Street Journal)

by ,   -   September 5, 2016

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by   -   August 31, 2016
Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

After five years of competition by more than 40 different teams from around the globe, NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge has reached its final stage. The top seven teams will compete for the $1.36 million prize purse on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, Sept. 4-6.





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