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Unable to attend #ICRA2022 for accessibility issues? Or just curious to see robots?

There are many things that can make it difficult to attend an in person conference in the United States and so the ICRA Organizing Committee, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and OhmniLabs would like to help you attend ICRA virtually.
17 May 2022, by

Designing societally beneficial Reinforcement Learning (RL) systems

In this post, we aim to illustrate the different modalities harms can take when augmented with the temporal axis of RL. To combat these novel societal risks, we also propose a new kind of documentation for dynamic Machine Learning systems which aims to assess and monitor these risks both before and after deployment.
15 May 2022, by

Innovative ‘smart socks’ could help millions living with dementia

‘Smart socks’ that track rising distress in the wearer could improve the wellbeing of millions of people with dementia, non-verbal autism and other conditions that affect communication.
13 May 2022, by

Swiss Robotics Day showcases innovations and collaborations between academia and industry

The 2021 Swiss Robotics Day marked the beginning of NCCR Robotics’s final year. The project, launched in 2010, is on track to meet all its scientific goals in the three areas of wearable, rescue and educational robotics, while continuing to focus on supporting spin-offs, advancing robotics education and improving equality of opportunities for all robotics researchers.
10 May 2022, by

Afreez Gan: Open Source Robot Dog, Kickstarter, and Home Robots | Sense Think Act Podcast #18

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Afreez Gan, who is the founder and CEO of MangDang; MangDang is a Chinese startup that makes Minipupper, an open source robot dog that uses the Robot Operating S...

GelBot – A new 3D printing method to tackle sustainability in soft robots

Doctoral students have built a system to 3D print a biodegradable gel into complex shapes. They have printed finger-like robots that use intricate sensor networks to sense their own deformation and also objects in their surroundings.


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RIMA, the European robotics network for Inspection and Maintenance

RIMA project aims at bringing together Digital Innovation Hubs and Facilitators operating under a common network that allow them to join forces and competences in promoting Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) robotics in Europe.
04 May 2022, by

How to compete with robots

Swiss roboticists and economists from EPFL and University of Lausanne developed a method for estimating the probability of jobs being automated by future intelligent robots and suggesting career transitions with lower risks and minimal retraining effort.
01 May 2022, by

An easier way to teach robots new skills

Researchers have developed a technique that enables a robot to learn a new pick-and-place task with only a handful of human demonstrations.
29 April 2022, by

A newcomer’s guide to #ICRA2022: A primer

The upcoming ICRA 2022 conference will be the first robotics conference that many attend in-person for the first time since the pandemic. For many, it may be your first time ever attending an academic conference. Before it passes by you in a blink, we have a series of posts -- a "millennial's guide" if you will -- to help you make the most out of it.
27 April 2022, by

Sensing Parkinson’s symptoms

Researchers apply exosuit sensors to measure muscle strain.
22 April 2022, by

#ICRA2022 Science Communication Awards

Are you a motivated roboticist/science communicator keen on helping us cover ICRA 2022? Apply by 22 April for a Science Communication Award covering travel and accommodation (up to 2k) + registration.

A flexible way to grab items with feeling

MIT engineers Edward Adelson and Sandra Liu duo develop a robotic gripper with rich sensory capabilities.
18 April 2022, by

Interview with Andrea Thomaz (co-founder of Diligent Robotics): socially intelligent automation solutions for hospitals

We sat down with Dr. Thomaz to talk about Moxi, how to manage people’s expectations about robots, and advice for young people and women in robotics.
16 April 2022, by and

Dayo McIntosh: A Robot Mixologist to Spark Wellness Talks | Sense Think Act Podcast #17

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Dayo McIntosh, who is the founder of Yateou; Yateou is an early-stage startup that makes wellness products and has a customer facing robot, ADE, that personalize...
14 April 2022, by and

Robots dress humans without the full picture

MIT researchers design a robot that has a trick or two up its sleeve.
13 April 2022, by

Black in Robotics ‘Meet The Members’ series: Vuyo Makhuvha

Vuyo works in building August Robotics mobile robotics portfolio which at the moment comprises 2 robots.
10 April 2022, by

Trustworthy robots

Robots are becoming a more and more important part of our home and work lives and as we come to rely on them, trust is of paramount importance. Successful teams are founded on trust, and the same is true for human-robot teams. But what does it mean to trust a robot?

Touchy subject: 3D printed fingertip ‘feels’ like human skin

A highly sensitive, 3D-printed fingertip could help robots become more dexterous and improve the performance of prosthetic hands by giving them an in-built sense of touch.
07 April 2022, by

Exoskeletons with personalize-your-own settings

Users who could adjust the timing, torque of an ankle exoskeleton typically found comfortable settings in under two minutes.
04 April 2022, by

A decade of Open Robotics

March 22nd, 2012 is the day it all began. That’s the day we officially incorporated the Open Source Robotics Foundation, the origin of what we now call Open Robotics.
31 March 2022, by

Helen Greiner: Solar Powered Robotic Weeding | Sense Think Act Podcast #16

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Helen Greiner, CEO at Tertill, which makes a small solar powered weeding robot for vegetable gardens. The conversation begins with an overview of Helen's previou...
29 March 2022, by and

Handheld surgical robot can help stem fatal blood loss

The AI-Guided Ultrasound Intervention Device is a lifesaving technology that helps a range of users deliver complex medical interventions at the point of injury.
28 March 2022, by

BirdBot is energy-efficient thanks to nature as a model

A team of scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of California, Irvine constructed a robot leg that, like its natural model, is very energy efficient. BirdBot benefits from a foot-leg coupling through a network of muscles and tendons that extends across multiple joints. In this way, BirdBot needs fewer motors than previous legged robots and could, theoretically, scale to large size.

Seamless transitions between autonomous robot capabilities and human intervention in construction robotics

Congratulations to the winners of the best paper award of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction 2021! This paper presents two human-robot collaboration solutions for welding and joint sealing through the use of a haptic device.
15 March 2022, by and

Christian Fritz: Full-stack Robotics and Growing an App Marketplace | Sense Think Act Podcast #15

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Christian Fritz, CEO and founder of Transitive Robotics. Transitive Robotics makes software for building full stack robotics applications. In this conversation, ...
09 March 2022, by and

Generation equality: Empowering and giving visibility to women in robotics

On March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) we celebrate the political, socioeconomic and cultural achievements of women and the women right’s movement towards gender equality. The aim of this article is to show what is being done and is available, especially in the European Union, for us to contribute as individuals and as a community towards gender equality in the field of robotics.
08 March 2022, by and

The Reddit Robotics Showcase 2022

This year, we are planning an event which anticipates the enthusiasm we’ve had from our community, continuing to provide a unique opportunity for roboticists around the world to share and discuss their work, regardless of age or ability.
07 March 2022, by and

Interview with Axel Krieger and Justin Opfermann: autonomous robotic laparoscopic surgery for intestinal anastomosis

Anastomosis is an essential step to the reconstructive phase of surgery and is performed over a million times each year in the United States alone. Surgical outcomes for patients are highly dependent on the surgeon’s skill. Their paper describes a surgical robot and workflow to perform autonomous anastomosis of the small bowel.
06 March 2022, by

How to help humans understand robots

Theories from cognitive science and psychology could help humans learn to collaborate with robots faster and more effectively, scientists find.
04 March 2022, by







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