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Robotic swarm swims like a school of fish

By Leah Burrows / SEAS Communications Schools of fish exhibit complex, synchronized behaviors that help them find food, migrate, and evade predators. No one fish or sub-group of fish coordinates th...
01 February 2021, by

How to keep drones flying when a motor fails

Robotics researchers at the University of Zurich show how onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably – even without GPS....
14 January 2021, by

Drones that patrol forests could monitor environmental and ecological changes

By Caroline Brogan Imperial researchers have created drones that can attach sensors to trees to monitor environmental and ecological changes in forests....
06 November 2020, by

30 women in robotics you need to know about – 2020

It’s Ada Lovelace Day and once again we’re delighted to introduce you to “30 women in robotics you need to know about”! From 13 year old Avye Couloute to Bala Krishnamurthy who worked alongsid...
13 October 2020, by

Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

By Anne Trafton During the current coronavirus pandemic, one of the riskiest parts of a health care worker’s job is assessing people who have symptoms of Covid-19. Researchers from MIT, Boston Dyna...
16 September 2020, by

Conversation on racism and robotics

Talking about racism and its impact on robotics and roboticists was the first conversation in our new monthly online discussion series “Society, Robots and Us” on last Tuesday of the month at 6pm ...
25 June 2020, by


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Updated: All the #ICRA2020 plenary and keynote videos

ICRA 2020, one of the main international robotics conferences, is happening online this year due to COVID-19. That means there is loads of free content you can view from home. It's a great way to see ...
24 June 2020, by

COVID-19 robotics resources: ideas for roboticists, users, and educators

Robots could have a role to play in COVID-19, whether it's automating laboratory research, helping with logistics, disinfecting hospitals, education, or allowing carers, colleagues or loved ones to co...
13 April 2020, by

This drone can play dodgeball – and win

By Nicola Nosengo Drones can do many things, but avoiding obstacles is not their strongest suit yet – especially when they move quickly. Although many flying robots are equipped with cameras that...
19 March 2020, by

Driverless shuttles: the latest from two European projects

Autonomous vehicles must be well-integrated into public transport systems if they are to take off in Europe's cities, say researchers. Image credit - Keolis By Julianna Photopoulos Jutting out i...
11 March 2020, by

Emergent behavior by minimizing chaos

By Glen Berseth All living organisms carve out environmental niches within which they can maintain relative predictability amidst the ever-increasing entropy around them (1), (2). Humans, for e...
26 January 2020, by

Engaging the public in robotics: 11 tips from 5,000 robotics events across Europe

Europe is focussed on making robots that work for the benefit of society. This requires empowering future roboticists and users of all ages and backgrounds. In its 9th edition, the European Robotics W...
21 November 2019, by

30 women in robotics you need to know about – 2019

From Mexican immigrant to MIT, from Girl Power in Latin America to robotics entrepreneurs in Africa and India, the 2019 annual “women in robotics you need to know about” list is here! We've featur...

A soft matter computer for soft robots

Our work published recently in Science Robotics describes a new form of computer, ideally suited to controlling soft robots. Our Soft Matter Computer (SMC) is inspired by the way information is encode...
03 October 2019, by

A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

By Laure-Anne Pessina and Nicola Nosengo Scientists at EPFL have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clot...
25 August 2019, by

2019 Robot Launch startup competition is open!

It’s time for Robot Launch 2019 Global Startup Competition! Applications are now open until September 22nd 6pm PDT. Finalists may receive up to $500k in investment offers, plus space at top accelera...
07 August 2019, by

Robot-ants that communicate and work together

A team of EPFL researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These r...
11 July 2019, by

The RoboBee flies solo

By Leah Burrows In the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, on a late afternoon in August, decades of research culminated in a moment of stress as the tiny, groundbreaking Robobee made its first solo flight....
30 June 2019, by

Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other

By Rob Matheson The city of Amsterdam envisions a future where fleets of autonomous boats cruise its many canals to transport goods and people, collect trash, or self-assemble into floating stages an...
22 June 2019, by

Joining forces to boost AI adoption in Europe

Europe is gearing up to launch an Artificial Intelligence Public Private Partnership (AI PPP) that brings together AI, data, and robotics. At its core is a drive to lead the world in the development a...
21 June 2019, by

Manipulation by feel

By Frederik Ebert and Stephen Tian Guiding our fingers while typing, enabling us to nimbly strike a matchstick, and inserting a key in a keyhole all rely on our sense of touch. It has been shown that...
05 April 2019, by

“Particle robot” works as a cluster of simple units

Taking a cue from biological cells, researchers from MIT, Columbia University, and elsewhere have developed computationally simple robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects...
05 April 2019, by

A robot recreates the walk of a fossilized animal

Using the fossil and fossilized footprints of a 300-million-year-old animal, scientists from EPFL and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have identified the most likely gaits of extinct animals and desig...
25 January 2019, by

Robots are being programmed to adapt in real time

By Gareth Willmer It’s part of a field of work that is building machines that can provide real-time help using only limited data as input. Standard machine-learning algorithms often need to process...
17 January 2019, by

How robots are helping doctors save lives in the Canadian North

Ivar Mendez, University of Saskatchewan It is the middle of the winter and a six-month-old child is brought with acute respiratory distress to a nursing station in a remote community in the Canadia...
07 January 2019, by

Holiday robot videos 2018 – part 3

Thanks to all for sending your holiday videos, here's the last of this year's series. Merry Christmas!...
25 December 2018, by

A new drone can change its shape to fly through a narrow gap

A research team from the University of Zurich and EPFL has developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is p...
16 December 2018, by

Visual model-based reinforcement learning as a path towards generalist robots

By Chelsea Finn∗, Frederik Ebert∗, Sudeep Dasari, Annie Xie, Alex Lee, and Sergey Levine With very little explicit supervision and feedback, humans are able to learn a wide range of motor skills ...
04 December 2018, by

Small flying robots able to pull objects up to 40 times their weight

Researchers from EPFL and Stanford have developed small drones that can land and then move objects that are 40 times their weight, with the help of powerful winches, gecko adhesives and microspines....
04 November 2018, by

25 women in robotics you need to know about – 2018

From driving rovers on Mars to improving farm automation for Indian women, once again we’re bringing you a list of 25 amazing women in robotics! These women cover all aspects of the robotics industr...







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