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Massimo Russo, a senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, speaks with Raffaello D’Andrea about the future of robotics.

by   -   January 28, 2015

The number of people aged 65+ is on the rise, and so is the number of robotics projects that hope to avert the impending care crisis by augmenting or substituting human caregivers with robotic ones. But how much time are we comfortable letting our seniors spend with robots?

by   -   January 27, 2015

Some new results from the NGV Team at the University of Michigan describe different approaches for perception (detecting obstacles on the road) and localizations (figuring out precisely where you are).

by   -   January 27, 2015

Robotics has the potential to be hugely beneficial to society, but is too important to leave to free-market capitalism.

by   -   January 23, 2015
Photo: General Motors
Photo: General Motors

Let me confess a secret fear. I suspect that the first “autopilot” functions on cars are going to be a bit boring.

by   -   January 22, 2015

door_open_book_science_fiction_data_mind_face_AI_intelligence_creativeOpen science isn’t one thing – it is a set of practices that range from making sure your papers are openly accessible (which is relatively easy), to open notebook science, which makes the process open – and not just the results. Open notebook science is, of course, much more demanding.

by   -   January 21, 2015

Just like the GUI overlapped and largely replaced the command line, NLP is now being used by robots, the Internet of things, wearables, and especially conversational systems like Apple's Siri, Google's Now, Amazon's Echo and others. These interfaces are designed to simplify, speed up, and improve task completion. Natural language interaction with robots, if anything, is an interface, and it needs to be designed.

by   -   January 20, 2015

Companies are increasingly looking into how to use drones to their advantage.

by   -   January 19, 2015

The world “parking” means many things, and the many classes of parking problems have varying difficulties.

by   -   January 19, 2015

"Spare Parts" is a new movie showing grit, creativity, determination, and leadership in robotics through teamwork and individual success. The movie has a Hollywood ending: teacher and kids inspire each other to make wonderful things happen and they win the contest. But a truly unhappy story has unfolded for these four young talented students in real life.

by   -   January 16, 2015

handshake_money_currency_dollar_EuroUnless robotics is just a hobby, commercial and funding opportunities should be at the forefront of every developer’s mind and at the root of these are the end users and their needs. But who are the end users in robotics? Here, we profile three industries – nuclear, transport and healthcare – where the need for robotic and autonomous systems is emerging as a priority.

by   -   January 16, 2015


Evolutionary robotics has been around for about 20 years: it’s about 15 years since Stefano Nolfi and Dario Floreano published their seminal book on the subject. Yet, surprisingly the number of real, physical robots whose bodies have been evolved can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

by   -   January 15, 2015


IEEE/Spectrum Senior Editor Erico Guizzo describes in a recent post (and two videos) how Aldebaran’s two-year Pepper project is coming to fruition.

by   -   January 13, 2015

Unfortunately, the reality that automated vehicles will eventually kill people has morphed into the illusion that a paramount challenge for or to these vehicles is deciding who precisely to kill in any given crash. Although dilemma situations are relevant to the field, they have been overhyped in comparison to other issues implicated by vehicle automation.

by   -   January 13, 2015


We have a tall order when it comes to dreaming up a trustworthy care robot: a robot could clean the house, find and fetch objects, and even keep seniors company. But if robots take on so many daily care tasks for the elderly, is it possible that seniors will have to interact with them too much? Is there such a thing as a socially acceptable amount of interaction with a care robot? Let us know what you think as we continue our reader polls about care robots.