Actuation for Robotic Fingers, with Edward Neff

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews Edward Neff, founder of SMAC Corporation. Mr. Neff discusses how breakthroughs in his company have allowed them to develop linear actuators compact enough to b...
11 December 2016, by

QuadBot: The 3D printed crab-bot scuttling beyond its Kickstarter goal

Robotics is becoming more accessible for many people, but the complexities of legged robots mean they remain beyond the reach of most consumers. The complex mechanics, electronics and code algorithms ...
09 December 2016, by

Robohub roundtable: Robotic bee swarms from Black Mirror – what’s hype, what’s real?

In this roundtable edition, we watched the Black Mirror episode “Hated in the Nation” and asked our Robohub team members: with many institutions focused on developing aerial drone technology, and ...
06 December 2016, by



100/100 Computer Vision Challenge, with Dieter Fox

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Dieter Fox, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, about the 100/100 Computer Vision Tracking Challen...
26 November 2016, by



LunaRoo, with Jürgen Leitner

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley interviews Jürgen "Juxi" Leitner, a researcher at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Robots Vision in the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Leitner spe...
17 September 2016, by



Human 2.0: Exoskeletons and Orthoses, with Hugh Herr

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Hugh Herr, Director of the Biomechatronics Group at MIT. Herr talks about the accident that led to the amputation of both of his legs below the knee and how th...
20 August 2016, by

Towards building brain-like cognition and control for robots

The idea of connecting brain-inspired models of computation to robots is probably as old as the discipline of robotics itself; as far back as 1950, neurophysiologist William Grey Walter had already co...
27 January 2016, by and

Flying robots, with Dario Floreano (Part two)

Last month we caught up with Dario Floreano, the head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Here we continue our discussion,...
15 January 2016, by and

New insect-inspired vision strategy could hasten development of mini-drones

New research published today in the Journal of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics by the Micro Air Vehicle laboratory of TU Delft shows that an insect-inspired vision strategy can help indoor flying drone...
07 January 2016, by

Four-legged robot that efficiently handles challenging terrain

StarlETH is a multi-purpose legged transporter robot developed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab. Combining versatility, speed, robustness, and efficiency, StarlETH walks, climbs, and runs over...
30 October 2015, by

Artificial whisker reveals source of harbor seal’s uncanny prey-sensing ability

by Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Harbor seals have an amazingly fine-tuned sense for detecting prey, as marine biologists have noted for years. Even when blindfolded, trained seals are able to ch...
22 October 2015, by



Robots and Communication, with Eleanor Sandry

Transcript included. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Eleanor Sandry of Curtin University about her new book Robots and Communication. In the interview, we explore human to anim...
21 August 2015, by

Rehabilitation and Environmental Monitoring, with Lei Cui

Transcript included. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Lei Cui from Curtin University about his team’s work on 3D printable hand orthosis for rehabilitation, a  task-oriented 4-...
26 June 2015, by



Supernumerary Limbs, with Federico Parietti

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Federico Parietti, a PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about his research on supernumerary robotic limbs that can be used in manufact...
15 May 2015, by

Pleurobot: Multimodal locomotion in a bioinspired robot

The Pleurobot is a bioinspired robot being developed by the BioRob at EPFL and NCCR Robotics. Taking it's cues from the salamander, the Pleurobot is a walking robot that can change its gait to help it...
12 February 2015, by

Introducing Spot, a new smaller 4-legged robot from Boston Dynamics

[tweetquote]Boston Dynamics just released a video of a new four legged robot named “Spot”.[/tweetquote] It is an evolution along the lines of their previous four-legged robots like BigDog and Wild...
09 February 2015, by

DALER: A bio-inspired robot that can both fly and walk

The issue of how to use one robot across multiple terrains is an ongoing question in robotics research. In a paper published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics today, a team from LIS, EPFL and NCCR Ro...
21 January 2015, by

Evolving swimming robots to study origins of extinct vertebrates

Hypotheses about the evolution of traits in ancient species are difficult to test, as the relevant animals have often been extinct for thousands or millions of years. In the present study, a populatio...

Video: The making of an Ant Intelligent Robot (AIR)

Ant Intelligent Robot (AIR) is a small and powerful mobile robot platform that is designed to be used in a heterogeneous robotic swarm that is currently under development at the Laboratory of Artific...
08 October 2014, by

30 years of AI with Rolf Pfeifer: A robotics legend delivers his farewell talk

Source: University of Zurich Mediadesk Watch Rolf Pfeifer’s farewell lecture at the University of Zurich, broadcasting live on Robohub Friday May 23, 2014 (18:00–19:30 CEST/16:00–17:30 UTC). ...
21 May 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures: Patrick van der Smagt “Biomimetic Robotics”

Guest talk in the ShanghAI Lectures, 2010-10-21 In this guest presentation, Patrick van der Smagt talks about biomimetic approaches to robot control, kinematics, grasping, and ways to use the human...
10 April 2014, by

Termite-Inspired Construction, with Justin Werfel

Link to audio file (28:48)In this episode, we talk to Justin Werfel from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University about their latest paper published in Science o...
04 April 2014, by

Finding perfection in the imperfect: Applying Darwinian neuro-evolution to robotics

When it comes to complex tasks like building a house, many people with different skills work together to accomplish a single, larger goal. Instead of trying to create a perfect robot capable of buildi...
25 March 2014, by and

Self-contained soft-bodied robotic fish

What looks like a fish, swims like a fish but isn’t a fish? The latest in soft-bodied robots created by team of engineers of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at th...
19 March 2014, by and

ShanghAI Lectures 2013, Lecture 8-II – Education and Industry Session

Lecture 8-II: Education and Industry Session This lecture hosted by Prof. Samia Nefti-Meziani from the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, is about higher education and industrial impact of the ...
18 March 2014, by

Micro bio-bots powered by beating heart cells

Photo by Alex Jerez Roman, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology A paper in Nature Communications earlier this year reports on "bio-bots". These tiny machines inspired by sperm, are ...
10 March 2014, by and

Interdisciplinary Teams, with Giulio Sandini

Link to audio file (41:58) In today’s episode Per Sjöborg speaks with Giulio Sandini, director of the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences department at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)...
10 January 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures: Auke Ijspeert “Controlling the Locomotion of Robots Using Central Pattern Generator Models”

Animal locomotion control is in a large part based on central pattern generators (CPGs), which are neural networks capable of producing complex rhythmic patterns while being activated and modulated by...
01 November 2013, by

Insect-inspired flying robot handles collisions, goes where other robots can’t

Gimball is a flying robot that survives collisions. It weighs just 370g for 34cm in diameter. Photo credit: A. Herzog, EPFL. Generally, flying robots are programmed to avoid obstacles, which is far ...
30 October 2013, by

Boston Dynamics announces new WildCat quadruped robot | Automaton

Boston Dynamics has just updated its YouTube channel with some new videos. One of them is an update on Atlas. Another is an update on LS3. And the third is this: WildCat, a totally new quadruped rob...
07 October 2013, by

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