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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

Careers in robotics: Should you get a PhD or go into industry?

So you are considering a PhD in robotics! Before you decide to apply, here are some things to consider.
02 April 2022, by and

Careers in robotics: What is a robotics PhD?

This post will take you through the overall life cycle of a PhD in the American educational system, and is intended as a basic overview for anyone unfamiliar with the process, whether they are considering a PhD or have a loved one who is currently in a PhD program and just want to learn more about what they are doing.
26 March 2022, by and

Robots and romance: science fiction and science

Here are five recommendations for sci-fi movies with a discussion of the related real-world robotics science.
12 February 2022, by

What Women in Robotics achieved in 2021 and what’s coming next in 2022

It’s been a hard year for women all over the world, and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to Women in Robotics in 2021.

UN fails to agree on ‘killer robot’ ban as nations pour billions into autonomous weapons research

Given the pace of research and development in autonomous weapons, the U.N. meeting might have been the last chance to head off an arms race.
16 January 2022, by


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California’s AV testing rules apply to Tesla’s “FSD”

Tesla is testing its self-proclaimed “full self-driving” vehicles on California roads without complying with the testing requirements of California’s automated driving law.
10 January 2022, by and

Investors warn Deep Tech founders about these 12 pitfalls

Here’s a collection of tips for Deep Tech founders gathered from the GIST TechConnect Panel on Deep Tech with Nakia Melecio from Georgia Tech, Nhi Lê from WARF, Andra Keay from SVR and The Robotics Hub, G. Nagesh Rao from US Dept of State.
16 December 2021, by

Robots can be companions, caregivers, collaborators — and social influencers

People are hardwired to respond socially to technology that presents itself as even vaguely social. While this may sound like the beginnings of a Black Mirror episode, this tendency is precisely what allows us to enjoy social interactions with robots and place them in caregiver, collaborator or companion roles.
26 November 2021, by

Top 10 recommendations for a video gamer who you’d like to read (or even just touch) a book

Here is the Robotics Through Science Fiction Top 10 recommendations of books that have robots plus enough world building to rival Halo or Doom and lots of action or puzzles to solve. What’s even cooler is that you can cleverly use the “Topics” links to work in some STEM talking points.
20 November 2021, by

Join the Women in Robotics Photo Challenge

How can women feel as if they belong in robotics if we can't see any pictures of women building or programming robots? The Civil Rights Activist Marian Wright Edelson aptly said, "You can't be what yo...
12 October 2021, by

Ethics is the new Quality

I took part in the first panel at the BSI conference The Digital World: Artificial Intelligence.  The subject of the panel was AI Governance and Ethics. My co-panelist was Emma Carmel, and we wer...
30 May 2021, by

Meet the #NCCRWomen in robotics

Meet Maria Vittoria and Inés! To celebrate Women’s Day 2021 and the 50th anniversary of women's right to vote in Switzerland, the Swiss NCCRs (National Centres of Competence in Research) wanted to...

On sustainable robotics

The climate emergency brooks no compromise: every human activity or artefact is either part of the solution or it is part of the problem.I've worried about the sustainability of consumer electronics f...
20 April 2021, by

WiR IV with Johanna Austin, roboticist, helicopter pilot & techsupervixen

Watch Johanna Austin talk about her journey, make her own career path, and trailblazing a way in STEM!! Johanna Austin was the first female Robotics and Automation Research Engineer in Boeing's Melbou...
14 March 2021, by and

Eight lessons for robotics startups from NRI PI workshop

Research is all about being the first, but commercialization is all about repeatability, not just many times but every single time. This was one of the key takeaways from the Transitioning Research Fr...
14 March 2021, by

One robot on Mars is robotics, ten robots are automation

The difference between robotics and automation is almost nonexistent and yet has a huge difference in everything from trade shows, marketing, publications to academic conferences and journals. This we...
02 March 2021, by

Robots4Humanity in next Society, Robots and Us

Speakers in tonight's Society, Robots and Us at 6pm PST Tuesday Feb 23 include Henry Evans, mute quadriplegic and founder of Robots4Humanity and Aaron Edsinger, founder of Hello Robot. We'll also bein...
23 February 2021, by

Introducing Eliza Kosoy; E-liza Dolls

Eliza Kosoy is a Ph.D Student at UC Berkeley. She studied mathematics in college and then worked for Prof. Joshua Tenenbaum at MIT in his computational cognitive science lab. She then started on a Ph....
18 February 2021, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Andra Keay, Nguyen Sao Mai and Selin Alara Örnek

Here's a Women in Robotics Spotlight, where we share stories from women who are working on all sorts of interesting projects who haven’t yet been featured in our Annual Showcase. We hope these stori...
02 February 2021, by and

The future of robotics research: Is there room for debate?

By Brian Wang, Sarah Tang, Jaime Fernandez Fisac, Felix von Drigalski, Lee Clement, Matthew Giamou, Sylvia Herbert, Jonathan Kelly, Valentin Pertroukhin, and Florian Shkurti As the field of robotic...

Women in Robotics Update: introducing our 2021 Board of Directors

Women in Robotics is a grassroots community involving women from across the globe. Our mission is supporting women working in robotics and women who would like to work in robotics. We formed an offici...
18 January 2021, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Melonee Wise, Maren Bennewitz, Alicia Casals

Introducing the seventh post in our new series of Women in Robotics Updates, featuring Melonee Wise, Maren Bennewitz and Alicia Casals and from our first "25 women in robotics you need to know about...
12 January 2021, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Ecem Tuglan, Tuong Anh Ens, Sravanthi Kanchi, Kajal Gada, Dimitra Gkatzia

Welcome to the first of our Women in Robotics Spotlights, where we share stories from women who haven’t yet been featured in our Annual Showcase but who are working on all sorts of interesting proje...
28 December 2020, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Ruzena Bajcsy and Radhika Nagpal

Introducing the sixth post in our new series of Women in Robotics Updates, featuring Ruzena Bajcsy and Radhika Nagpal from our first "25 women in robotics you need to know about" list in 2013 and 2014...
20 December 2020, by and

Shaping the UK’s future with smart machines: Findings from four ThinkIns with academia, industry, policy, and the public

The UK Robotics Growth Partnership (RGP) aims to set the conditions for success to empower the UK to be a global leader in Robotics and Autonomous Systems whilst delivering a smarter, safer, more pros...
18 December 2020, by

Women in Robotics Update: Robin Murphy, Ayanna Howard

Introducing the fifth post in our new series of Women in Robotics Updates, featuring Robin Murphy and Ayanna Howard from our first "25 women in robotics you need to know about" list in 2013 and 2014. ...
13 December 2020, by

Should robots be gendered? comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion piece

The gendering of robots is something I’ve found fascinating since I first started building robots out of legos with my brother. We all ascribe character to robots, consciously or not, even when we u...
10 December 2020, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Maja Mataric, Arianna Menciassi

Introducing the second of our new series of Women in Robotics Updates, featuring Maja Mataric and Arianna Menciassi from our first "25 women in robotics you need to know about" list in 2013. Since we ...
06 December 2020, by and

Women in Robotics Update: Girls Of Steel

"Girls of Steel Robotics (featured 2014) was founded in 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University’s Field Robotics Center as FRC Team 3504. The organization now serves multiple FIRST robotics teams offerin...
30 November 2020, by and







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