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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

Drones for Schools

To understand what the Drones for Schools program is, and how it came about, it helps to know a few things about my background. I didn't originally set out to be a STEM educator. I had some science ed...
24 September 2013, by

Videos of presentations at Ryerson University symposium on UAVs

On June 30th of this year, Ryerson University in Toronto held an event titled UAVs: Pros vs Cons Symposium. Some of the presentations have since been incorporated into a YouTube playlist by Nikola Dan...
11 August 2013, by

Drone Journalism, with Matthew Schroyer

Link to audio file (41:02)In this episode, we speak with Matthew Schroyer, founder of DroneJournalism.org, co-founder of Drones for Good, and developer of the “Drones for Schools” program which te...
09 August 2013, by

Multi-purpose wings allow flying robot to walk across rough terrain

The Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot (DALER) uses its own wings to crawl and roll over a variety of terrains. Using a self-adjusting structure to transform its wings into rotating arms, the robo...
26 July 2013, by and

Outdoor autonomous systems, with Jonathan Roberts

Link to audio file (44:12) In this episode, we speak with Jonathan Roberts, research director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the CSIRO ICT Centre in Brisbane Australia. Roberts leads a team of more...
26 July 2013, by


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Research Days: Multi-UAV systems

Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster r...
17 July 2013, by and

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Handling feedback

This is the third tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series. In this tutorial we will: Learn about the AR.Drone's state feedback (and how it is handled by ROS) Learn a...
01 July 2013, by

Science without borders: Becoming cross-disciplinary

Those who move away from home, for long enough, know that you end up not belonging anywhere. The more you move the easier it becomes. Looking back, you realize that you've learned new languages and cu...
14 June 2013, by

Quadrocopters learn from prior experience to improve slalom flying

A new video released today by researchers from the Flying Machine Arena shows how a quadrocopter is able to learn from prior experience to improve future performance. This new research is an extens...
11 June 2013, by

Curved Artificial Compound Eye, with Ramon Pericet Camara and Michal Dobrzynski

Link to audio file (22:01)In this episode, we speak with Ramon Pericet and Michal Dobrzynski from EPFL about their Curved Artificial Compound Eye (CurvACE) published in the Proceedings of the National...
31 May 2013, by

Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference at NYU

Call for Proposals (closes May 27) Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference October 11-13, 2013 NYU School of Law...
22 May 2013, by

This week’s military news

... The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft made its first aircraft carrier launch this week. Landings come later. ... The US Navy’s Naval Research Lab (NRL) flew a UAV for 48 hours, break...
15 May 2013, by

A conversation with Henri Seydoux

A growing business within Parrot S.A., (PARRO:EUROLIST B) is their AR.Drone line of products, parts and software. Their first quadcopter product was developed internally by (1) observing the $1 billio...
03 May 2013, by

Audio interviews about the controlled flight of insect robots, with Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon and Sawyer Fuller

Link to audio file (25:02)In this episode we hear from researchers at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab about the Science paper published today reporting on the first controlled flight of an insect-sized ...
03 May 2013, by

First controlled flight of an insect-sized robot

Researchers from the Wyss Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard have developed a millimeter-scaled insect robot that can autonomously control its flight. Their findin...
02 May 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 9 “Ontogenetic development”

In the 9th part of the ShanghAI Lecture series, we look at ontogenetic development as Rolf Pfeifer talks about the path from locomotion to cognition. This is followed by two guest lectures: The first ...
25 April 2013, by

Commercial opportunities to create more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs when FAA opens airspace to UAS

AUVSI recently released a report titled The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently has heavy restrictions on...
12 April 2013, by

Parrot AR.Drone app harnesses crowd power to fast-track vision learning in robotic spacecraft

Astrodrone is both a simulation game app for the Parrot AR.Drone and a scientific crowd-sourcing experiment that aims to improve landing, obstacle avoidance and docking capabilities in autonomous spac...
26 March 2013, by

Robots on Tour event draws larger-than-expected crowds

Surprise! Robots are much more popular than expected! Robots on Tour started off on Friday 8 March 2013 with a scientific symposium at café/bar Sphères in Zurich, Switzerland. Big names from the...
20 March 2013, by

Robots on Tour: 8-9 March 2013 in Zurich

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich, organizer of the ShanghAI Lectures, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a big robot festival on 8 and 9 March 2013 in Zurich....
03 March 2013, by

Flying insects and robots

TED just released an excellent talk by Michael Dickinson from the University of Washington about how flies fly....
24 February 2013, by

Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have now combined the t...
21 February 2013, by

Flying robot performs 2D/3D mapping in the alps

Sensefly just released a fun video of their latest product, eBee, autonomously flying over an alpine landscape near the Matterhorn while performing 2D and 3D mapping....
20 February 2013, by

MotherboardTV documentary on drones

http://youtu.be/kwkxx84wXNo This video, by MotherboardTV, was posted on YouTube in early December, but, at just over 50,000 views, it hasn't yet reached the audience it deserves. Not knowing muc...
09 February 2013, by

Surrounded by his quadrocopter drones on stage, Raffaello D’Andrea explains feedback control and talks about the coming Machine Revolution

During the 20 minute presentation, Raffaello D'Andrea revealed some of the key concepts behind his group's impressive demonstrations of quadrocopters juggling, throwing and catching balls, dancing, an...
04 February 2013, by

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Joystick control

This is the second tutorial in the Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS series. In this tutorial we will: Talk about the ROS communication hierarchy Setup a joystick to work with ROS ...
04 January 2013, by

Up and flying with the AR.Drone and ROS: Getting started

Updated December 17th. In this tutorial (#1) we will: Install ROS, the AR.Drone driver and AR.Drone keyboard controller Fly the AR.Drone using the provided keyboard controller...
10 December 2012, by

Robotic dragonflies take to the sky (with your help)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Robot Dragonfly from TechJect. Developed over four years by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the US Air Force, the researchers are now i...
08 November 2012, by

Video: Quadrocopter learns from its mistakes, perfects air racing

Manual programming of robots only gets you so far. And, as you can see in the video, for quadrocopters that's not very far at all (see the "Without Learning" part starting at 1:30):...
08 November 2012, by







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