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by and   -   January 17, 2017
Credit: Catalia Health
Credit: Catalia Health

Catalia Health is leading the surge in social robotics, with Mabu, their patient care management system. Catalia Health likes to be seen primarily as a health company that utilizes robots, rather than a robotics company. This focus on solving real world problems while shipping a product has seen Catalia attract both customers and investors, and recently close their Series A round.

by   -   December 15, 2016

In the wake of the BSI report 8611 on robots and robotic devices, Yueh-Hsuan Weng interviews Prof. Joanna Bryson of the University of Bath about her take on roboethics and regulating the future of human-robot relationships.

by and   -   December 14, 2016
Photo: 2016-2017 Girls of Steel Robotics students in grades 8 to 12.
Photo: 2016-2017 Girls of Steel Robotics students in grades 8 to 12.

The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to engage more young women into engineering. Over the last few years, we’ve heard what it’s like to be part of an all-girls robotics team and spoke with team’s mentors. Now, we’re following up with the team to talk about their successes and developments since being listed in our 25 Women in Robotics list.

by   -   December 8, 2016

Yueh-Hsuan Weng interviews Prof. Hiroko Kamide about her theory of “One Being for Two Origins”, derived from the teachings of the Buddha, and how her philosophy might impact the emerging field of roboethics.

by   -   November 29, 2016
Hiroshi Ota and Minako Inoue with 2 Robovie R3 robots in Oriza Hirata's "I, Worker"
Hiroshi Ota and Minako Inoue with 2 Robovie R3 robots in Oriza Hirata’s “I, Worker”

How can robotics help to enhance the development of the modern arts? Japan’s famous playwright, stage director Oriza Hirata and leading roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro launched the “Robot Theater Project” at Osaka University to explore the boundary between human-robot interactions through robot theater. Their work includes renditions of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”, Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”, and their own play “I, Worker”. Their work has spread internationally to Paris, New York, Toronto and Taipei.

For this interview, we would like to invite their collaboration partner Yi-Wei Keng, director of Taipei Arts Festival, to share his insights on the intersection of robotics and the arts.

by   -   October 7, 2016

Romy Mueller interviews Raheeb Muzaffar who has developed a framework that improves the transmission of videos between moving drones and mobile devices at ground level.

by   -   September 8, 2016

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Claudia Breidbach is pilot with Touch Bionics in the Powered Arm Prosthesis Race. When Claudia isn’t preparing for the Cybathlon, she can be found competing with her skydiving team, KARMA.

by   -   September 1, 2016
Flooded shaft in Ecton. Source: UNEXMIN
Flooded shaft in Ecton. Source: UNEXMIN

The UNEXMIN project (Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines) started February 2016. It is an EU-funded project, from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Luís Lopes, from the La Palma Research Centre, interviews project coordinator Norbert Zajzon to discuss the past, present and future for UNEXMIN.

by   -   August 8, 2016
Photo credit: Lawrence Tech University IGVC Facebook
Photo credit: Lawrence Tech University IGVC Facebook

By: Chris Bogdon

The International Ground Vehicle Ground Competition (IGVC) is an annual event that brings together teams of college students from all over the globe to compete in an autonomous ground vehicle competition. Teams are tasked to design and construct a fully autonomous unmanned robotic vehicle that can navigate around a challenging outdoor obstacle course under a prescribed time. This year’s IGVC went down in June at Oakland University, and while the competition was stiff, only one team could come out on top. That team was Lawrence Teach University (LTU), whose robot, Bigfoot 2, was built using the Husky UGV robotic platform.

by   -   July 15, 2016

Robot On A Book Shelf Law Robotics

10 years after the release of the EURON Roboethics Roadmap and we are witnessing a technology revolution. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen: Google’s self-driving car, Amazon’s KIVA system, drones, SoftBank’s Pepper, Boston Dynamics’ Atlas, ROSS System and AlphaGo technology. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a concept in science fiction but the next wave to change our society. More interestingly, the intersection of AI & law will not only affect how people think but also, what people do in their daily lives, how they will behave.

For this interview, we invited Ms. Mady Delvaux-Stehres to share her insights on European perspectives in robot law.

by   -   April 13, 2016

Samira Hayat was one of the few women in Pakistan studying electrical engineering. In this interview, she talks about her research exploring networks of drones. Rescue missions performed by drone networks are highly involved, covering areas such as detection and communication. She is particularly interested in determining optimal processes from a mathematical perspective.

by   -   March 23, 2016
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT

By: Abdul Montaqim
Professor Knoll, one of the most influential roboticists in Europe, is currently the co-ordinator of the European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development (Echord), and one of the key scientists involved in the $1.5 billion-dollar Human Brain Project. In this interview he gives his views of the state of robotics today.

by   -   March 14, 2016
Google DeepMind Challenge Match: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo. Credit: Deepmind/YouTube
Google DeepMind Challenge Match: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo. Credit: Deepmind/YouTube

In episode five of season two, Ryan walks us through variational inference. We put some listener questions about Go and how to play it to Andy Okun, president of the American Go Association (who is in Seoul, South Korea, watching the Lee Sedol/AlphaGo games). Plus, we hear from Suchi Saria of Johns Hopkins about applying machine learning to understanding health care data.

by   -   March 8, 2016

Source: Clearpath Robotics
Source: Clearpath Robotics

By: Chris Bogdon
Amir Degani is an assistant professor at Technion Institute of Technology and Avi Kahnani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Israeli robotics start-up Fresh Fruits Robotics. Together, they are developing an apple harvesting robot that can autonomously navigate apple orchards and accurately pick fruit from the trees. I got the chance to sit down with Amir and Avi to learn more about the project. In our talk, they discussed the robot’s design, the challenges of apple picking, tree training and their experience demoing the robot for Microsoft’s CEO at the Think Next 2016 exhibition.

by   -   February 17, 2016

In episode three of season two Ryan walks us through the Alpha Go results, plus, we talk with Michael Littman about his work, robots, and making music videos.





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