Robot Talk Episode 55 – Sara Adela Abad Guaman

In the first episode of the new season, Claire chatted to Dr. Sara Adela Abad Guaman from University College London about adaptable robots inspired by nature.
30 September 2023, by

Robo-Insight #5

In this fifth edition, we are excited to feature robot progress in human-robot interaction, agile movement, enhanced training methods, soft robotics, brain surgery, medical navigation, and ecological research. 
25 September 2023, by

Soft robotic tool provides new ‘eyes’ in endovascular surgery

The magnetic device can help visualise and navigate complex and narrow spaces.

‘Brainless’ robot can navigate complex obstacles

Researchers who created a soft robot that could navigate simple mazes without human or computer direction have now built on that work, creating a “brainless” soft robot that can navigate more complex and dynamic environments.
21 September 2023, by

Battery-free origami microfliers from UW researchers offer a new bio-inspired future of flying machines

Researchers at the University of Washington present battery-free microfliers that can change shape in mid-air to vary their dispersal distance.

Virtual-reality tech is fast becoming more real

Touch sensations are improving to help sectors like healthcare and manufacturing, while other advances are being driven by the gaming industry.
16 September 2023, by

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High-tech microscope with ML software for detecting malaria in returning travellers

Method not as accurate as human experts, but shows promise.
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How drones are used during earthquakes

Drones are being used by responders in the terrible Morocco earthquake.
13 September 2023, by and

Making life friendlier with personal robots

Sharifa Alghowinem, a research scientist at the Media Lab, explores personal robot technology that explains emotions in English and Arabic.
11 September 2023, by

Fiber-infused ink enables 3D-printed heart muscle to beat

The ink helps heart muscle cells align so that they can contract in coordination.
09 September 2023, by

Interview with Jean Pierre Sleiman, author of the paper “Versatile multicontact planning and control for legged loco-manipulation”

We had the chance to interview Jean Pierre Sleiman, author of the paper "Versatile multicontact planning and control for legged loco-manipulation".
06 September 2023, by

Robo-Insight #4

In this fourth edition, we are excited to feature progress in mobile applications, cleaning, underwater mining, flexibility, human well-being, depression treatments, and human interactions.
03 September 2023, by

MIT engineers use kirigami to make ultrastrong, lightweight structures

Produced with techniques borrowed from Japanese paper-cutting, the strong metal lattices are lighter than cork and have customizable mechanical properties.
01 September 2023, by

New dual-arm robot achieves bimanual tasks by learning from simulation

An innovative bimanual robot displays tactile sensitivity close to human-level dexterity using AI to inform its actions.
29 August 2023, by

AI helps robots manipulate objects with their whole bodies

With a new technique, a robot can reason efficiently about moving objects using more than just its fingertips.
27 August 2023, by

SVR Guide to Robotics Research and Education 2023

This volume serves as a guide to students who are interested in studying the field of robotics in any way.
22 August 2023, by

Robo-Insight #3

In this third edition, we are excited to feature progress in motion, unfamiliar navigation, dynamic control, digging, agriculture, surgery, and food sorting.
20 August 2023, by

Mobile robots get a leg up from a more-is-better communications principle

Adding legs to robots that have minimal awareness of the environment around them can help the robots operate more effectively in difficult terrain, my colleagues and I found.
19 August 2023, by

3D display could soon bring touch to the digital world

A new, shape-shifting display can sense and respond to human touch.

Can charismatic robots help teams be more creative?

Scientists found that students given a task by a social robot with a voice programmed to be engaging and inspiring performed better and were more creative than students who received the task from an identical robot with a flat voice.
09 August 2023, by

An updated guide to Docker and ROS 2

2 years ago, I wrote A Guide to Docker and ROS, which is one of my most frequently viewed posts. Since then, I’ve had the chance to use Docker more in my work and have picked up some new tricks.
07 August 2023, by

Interview with Roberto Figueiredo: the RoboCup experience

"Every time I go to RoboCup I come out thinking about what I’m going to do next. I couldn’t be more inspired."
04 August 2023, by and

Oceans to get better protection with connected underwater technology

Amid rising sea levels, plastics pollution and overfishing, the emerging Internet of Underwater Things will vastly expand knowledge about the world’s seas.
31 July 2023, by

Enabling autonomous exploration

CMU-designed systems allow robots to explore on their own.
30 July 2023, by

Pangolin the inspiration for medical robot

Robot is made of metal and yet is soft and flexible.

Heat-resistant drone could scope out and map burning buildings and wildfires

Imperial College London and Empa researchers have built a drone that can withstand high enough temperatures to enter burning buildings.
24 July 2023, by

Robo-Insight #2

In this 2nd edition, we are excited to showcase progress in hazard mapping, surface crawling, pump controls, adaptive gripping, surgery, health assistance, and mineral extraction.
22 July 2023, by

Robot swarms neutralize harmful Byzantine robots using a blockchain-based token economy

In experiments conducted with both real and simulated robots, we show how blockchain technology enables a robot swarm to neutralize harmful robots without human intervention, thus enabling the deployment of autonomous and safe robot swarms.

A faster way to teach a robot

A new technique helps a nontechnical user understand why a robot failed, and then fine-tune it with minimal effort to perform a task effectively.
18 July 2023, by

#RoboCup2023 in tweets – part 2

We take a look at some of the highlights from the second half of the conference.
16 July 2023, by and

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