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Unconventional Space Robots, with Stephanie Schneider

Schneider, PhD Candidate at Stanford, explains her work on Reachbot, a long-reach crawling and anchoring robot repurposes extendable booms for mobile manipulation in Outer Space. They discuss the challenges and exciting elements of robotic prototyping for low-gravity or otherwise unique environments.
17 December 2021, by

Interview with Huy Ha and Shuran Song: CoRL 2021 best system paper award winners

The award-winning authors describe their work on a self-supervised framework for cloth unfolding which uses a pick, stretch, and fling primitive for a dual-arm setup from visual observations.
12 December 2021, by

A robot that finds lost items

Researchers at MIT have created RFusion, a robotic arm with a camera and radio frequency (RF) antenna attached to its gripper, that fuses signals from the antenna with visual input from the camera to locate and retrieve an item, even if the item is buried under a pile and completely out of view.
18 October 2021, by
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Mobile Outdoor Manipulation with RE2 Robotics, with Travis Schneider

Robohub Podcast · Mobile Outdoor Manipulation with RE2 Robotics In this episode, Shihan Lu interviews Travis Schneider, Business Development Manager at RE2 Robotics, focusing on their work on mobi...
04 August 2021, by

ManipulaTHOR: a framework for visual object manipulation

The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) announced the 3.0 release of its embodied artificial intelligence framework AI2-THOR, which adds active object manipulation to its testing framework. ManipulaTHOR is a...

A robot that senses hidden objects

By Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell. “Researchers have been giving robots human-like perception,” says MIT Associa...
03 April 2021, by


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Maximum Entropy RL (Provably) Solves Some Robust RL Problems

By Ben Eysenbach Nearly all real-world applications of reinforcement learning involve some degree of shift between the training environment and the testing environment. However, prior work has obse...
15 March 2021, by

Robots that feel by seeing

While modern cameras provide machines with a very well-developed sense of vision, robots still lack such a comprehensive solution for their sense of touch. At ETH Zurich, in the group led by Prof. Raf...
06 March 2021, by

Rapid robotics for operator safety: what a bottle picker can do

Dutch brewing company Heineken is one of the largest beer producers in the world with more than 70 production facilities globally. From small breweries to mega-plants, its logistics and production pro...
01 March 2021, by

Self-supervised policy adaptation during deployment

Our method learns a task in a fixed, simulated environment and quickly adapts to new environments (e.g. the real world) solely from online interaction during deployment. The ability for hum...
26 February 2021, by

Fabricating fully functional drones

By Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL From Star Trek’s replicators to Richie Rich’s wishing machine, popular culture has a long history of parading flashy machines that can instantly output any item to ...
09 February 2021, by
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Embodied Interactions: from Robotics to Dance, with Kim Baraka

Robohub Podcast · Embodied Interactions: from Robotics to Dance In this episode, our interviewer Lauren Klein speaks with Kim Baraka about his PhD research to enable robots to engage in social int...
02 December 2020, by
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Empowering Farmers Through Root AI, with Josh Lessing

Robohub Podcast · Empowering Farmers Through Root AI In this episode, Abate interviews Josh Lessing, co-founder and CEO of Root AI. At Root AI they are developing a system that tracks data on the ...
19 October 2020, by
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Learning to Grasp, with Jeannette Bohg

In this episode, Lilly Clark interviews Jeannette Bohg, Assistant Professor at Stanford, about her work in interactive perception and robot learning for grasping and manipulation tasks. Bohg discusses...
11 May 2020, by
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Haptics and Virtual Interactions, with Heather Culbertson

In this episode, Shihan Lu interviews Dr. Heather Culbertson, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California, about her work in haptics. Dr. Culbertson...
17 February 2020, by
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Robots That Can See, Do, and Win, with Juxi Leitner

In this episode, Lilly interviews Juxi Leitner, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology and Co-Founder/CEO of LYRO Robotics. LYRO spun out of the 2017 win of the Amaz...
29 January 2020, by

ROBOTT-NET pilot project: Cobots for safe and cheap assembly of frequency converters

At Danfoss in Gråsten, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) is testing, as part of a pilot project in the European robot network ROBOTT-NET, several robot technologies: Manipulation using force s...
07 December 2019, by

ROBOTT-NET pilot project: Urban pest control

“Within the framework of the European project ROBOTT-NET we are developing software and robotic solutions for the prevention and control of rodents in enclosed spaces”, says Marco Lorenzo, Service...
21 October 2019, by
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Autonomous Bricklaying by FBR, with Mark Pivac

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley interviews Mark Pivac, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of FBR (formerly Fastbrick Robotics) about the world’s first end-to-end autonomous bricklaying robot, ...
18 September 2019, by
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AI Powered Robotic Picking at Promat 2019, with Vince Martinelli, Jim Liefer, Pete Blair, Sean Davis and Erik Nieves

In this episode, join our interviewer Andrew Vaziri at Promat 2019, the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North and South America. Andrew interviews a handful of compa...
09 July 2019, by
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IROS 2018 Exhibition (Part 2 of 3), with Kristoffer Richardsson, Michael Zillich and Paulo Alvito

In this interview, Audrow Nash interviews Kristoffer Richardsson, Michael Zillich, and Paulo Alvito....
27 December 2018, by
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266

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Towards using Micro and Nano Robots in the Human Body, with Peer Fischer

In this episode, Marwa ElDiwiny interview Peer Fisher, a Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart and the Director of the Micro Nano and Molecular Systems Lab at the Max Planck I...
06 August 2018, by

Launch of ROBOTT-NET’s pilot projects

Irabia, Linak and Nissan have along with Trumpf, Maser, Piccolo, Weibel and Air Liquide been selected to team up on a real-world case study. Over the next 18 months ROBOTT-NET will take these eight vo...
24 July 2018, by
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Cozmo, by Anki, with Andrew Neil Stein

In this episode, Abate interviews Andrew Stein from Anki. At Anki they developed an engaging robot called Cozmo which packs sophisticated robotic software inside a lifelike, palm sized, robot. Cozmo r...
29 May 2018, by
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Smart Swarms, with Vijay Kumar

In this episode, Jack Rasiel interviews Vijay Kumar, Professor and Dean of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  Kumar discusses the guiding ideas behind his research on micro unmanned aeri...
28 October 2017, by

A robotic doctor is gearing up for action

A robotic doctor that can be controlled hundreds of kilometres away by a human counterpart is gearing up for action. Getting a check-up from a robot may sound like something from a sci-fi film, but sc...
29 June 2017, by
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Deep Learning in Robotics, with Sergey Levine

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sergey Levine, assistant professor at UC Berkeley, about deep learning on robotics. Levine explains what deep learning is and he discusses the challenges of usi...
24 June 2017, by

Helping or hacking? Engineers and ethicists must work together on brain-computer interface technology

A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington. Patrick Bennett, CC BY-ND By Eran Klein, University of Washington and Katherine Pratt, Unive...
22 June 2017, by

Teaching robots to teach other robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning techniques like optimization or sa...
10 May 2017, by

The cheap arm project: An affordable, open-source robotics project

What do you get when you put together wood and rope? Well according to Plymouth University's Professor Guido Bugmann: a low-cost, open source, 2 meter tall robot! All buildable for under £2000. The C...
30 March 2017, by and







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