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Giving bug-like bots a boost

A new fabrication technique produces low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that improve the performance of flying microrobots.
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

Team builds first living robots that can reproduce

AI-designed Xenobots reveal entirely new form of biological self-replication—promising for regenerative medicine.
02 December 2021, by

Interview with Tao Chen, Jie Xu and Pulkit Agrawal: CoRL 2021 best paper award winners

The award-winning authors describe their work on a system for general in-hand object re-orientation.
24 November 2021, by

Top tweets from the Conference on Robot Learning #CoRL2021

In this post we bring you a glimpse of the conference through the most popular tweets about the conference written last week. Cool robot demos, short and sweet explanation of papers and award finalists to look forward to next year's edition.
19 November 2021, by

Finding inspiration in starfish larva

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a tiny robot that mimics the movement of a starfish larva. It is driven by sound waves and equipped with tiny hairs that direct the fluid around it, just like its natural model. In the future, such microswimmers could deliver drugs to diseased cells with pinpoint accuracy.
17 November 2021, by



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RECON: Learning to explore the real world with a ground robot

RECON provides a robust way to using past experience to accelerate learning in a new environment through the combination of goal sampling and topological memory.
09 November 2021, by

From a garage to Swiss lakes and rivers: the story of Proteus, an underwater robot

Know the story of Proteus, an underwater robot developed by a Swiss student spin-off who partnered up with real divers from the Swiss Explosive Ordnance Disposal to retrieve lost ammunition from Swiss lakes.
01 November 2021, by

Making RL tractable by learning more informative reward functions: example-based control, meta-learning, and normalized maximum likelihood

In our recent work, we design a reward specification technique that naturally incentivizes exploration and enables agents to explore environments in a directed way.
30 October 2021, by

IEEE 17th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering paper awards (with videos)

The IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) is the flagship automation conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and constitutes the primary forum for c...
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NVIDIA and ROS Teaming Up To Accelerate Robotics Development, with Amit Goel

Amit Goel, Director of Product Management for Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, discusses the new collaboration between Open Robotics and NVIDIA. The collaboration will dramatically improve the way ROS and NVIDIA's line of products such as Isaac SIM and the Jetson line of embedded boards operate together.
23 October 2021, by

One giant leap for the mini cheetah

A new control system, demonstrated using MIT’s robotic mini cheetah, enables four-legged robots to jump across uneven terrain in real-time.
23 October 2021, by

Robotics Today latest talks – Raia Hadsell (DeepMind), Koushil Sreenath (UC Berkeley) and Antonio Bicchi (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Robotics Today held three more online talks since we published the one from Amanda Prorok (Learning to Communicate in Multi-Agent Systems). In this post we bring you the last talks that Robotics Today...
21 October 2021, by and

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

Flying high-speed drones into the unknown with AI

When it comes to exploring complex and unknown environments such as forests, buildings or caves, drones are hard to beat. They are fast, agile and small, and they can carry sensors and payloads virtua...
08 October 2021, by

To swim like a tuna, robotic fish need to change how stiff their tails are in real time

Researchers have been building robotic fish for years, but the performance has never approached the efficiency of real fish. Daniel Quinn, CC BY-NC By Daniel Quinn Underwater vehicles haven’t ...
05 October 2021, by

Robert Wood’s Plenary Talk: Soft robotics for delicate and dexterous manipulation

Robotic grasping and manipulation has historically been dominated by rigid grippers, force/form closure constraints, and extensive grasp trajectory planning. The advent of soft robotics offers new ave...

Real Roboticist focus series #6: Dennis Hong (Making People Happy)

In this final video of our focus series on IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) original series Real Roboticist, you'll meet Dennis Hong speaking about the r...
29 September 2021, by

What can I do here? Learning new skills by imagining visual affordances

How do humans become so skillful? Well, initially we are not, but from infancy, we discover and practice increasingly complex skills through self-supervised play. But this play is not random - the chi...
27 September 2021, by

‘Black in Robotics’ special series

Apart from the IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) original series Real Roboticist that we have been featuring in the last weeks, another series of three v...
13 September 2021, by

Plenary and Keynote talks focus series #6: Jonathan Hurst & Andrea Thomaz

This week you'll be able to listen to the talks of Jonathan Hurst (Professor of Robotics at Oregon State University, and Chief Technology Officer at Agility Robotics) and Andrea Thomaz (Associate Prof...
08 September 2021, by

When humans play in competition with a humanoid robot, they delay their decisions when the robot looks at them

Gaze is an extremely powerful and important signal during human-human communication and interaction, conveying intentions and informing about other’s decisions. What happens when a robot and a human...
06 September 2021, by

Real Roboticist focus series #5: Michelle Johnson (Robots That Matter)

We're reaching the end of this focus series on IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) original series Real Roboticist. This week you'll meet Michelle Johnson, ...
05 September 2021, by

Plenary and Keynote talks focus series #5: Nikolaus Correll & Cynthia Breazeal

As part of our series showcasing the plenary and keynote talks from the IEEE/RSJ IROS2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems), this week we bring you Nikolaus Correll (Associa...
01 September 2021, by

What is the future of Agri-Food Robotics in the EU and beyond?

By Kees Lokhorst, Project Coordinator of the agROBOfood project During the last decades robots are transforming from simple machines to cognitive collaborators. The distance that has been covered i...

Real Roboticist focus series #4: Peter Corke (Learning)

In this fourth release of our series dedicated to IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) original series Real Roboticist, we bring you Peter Corke. He is a Dis...
29 August 2021, by

2021 IEEE RAS Publications best paper awards

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society has recently released the list of winners of their best paper awards. Below you can see the list and access the publications. Congratulations to all winners! ...
27 August 2021, by

Plenary and Keynote talks focus series #4: Steve LaValle & Sarah Bergbreiter

In this new release of our series showcasing the plenary and keynote talks from the IEEE/RSJ IROS2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) you'll meet Steve LaValle (University...
25 August 2021, by

Real Roboticist focus series #3: Radhika Nagpal (Enjoying the Ride)

Today we continue with our series on IEEE/RSJ IROS 2020 (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) original series Real Roboticist. This time you'll meet Radhika Nagpal, who is a Fre...
22 August 2021, by

Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials

By Francois Barthelat Flying fish use their fins both to swim and glide through the air. Smithsonian Institution/Flickr The big idea Segmented hinges in the long, thin bones of fish fins are...
20 August 2021, by







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