The Force was strong in this robot competition

Thursday night, dozens of robots designed and built by undergraduates in a mechanical engineering class endured hours of intense, boisterous, and often jubilant competition as they scrambled to rack u...
18 May 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

CSAIL launches artificial intelligence initiative with industry

From self-driving cars to the internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI) has reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. With that in mind, this week MIT’s Computer Science and Artif...
12 April 2017, by

Toward printable, sensor-laden “skin” for robots

In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They’re also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest. Covering a robot — or...
27 March 2017, by

Engineers design “tree-on-a-chip”

Trees and other plants, from towering redwoods to diminutive daisies, are nature’s hydraulic pumps. They are constantly pulling water up from their roots to the topmost leaves, and pumping sugars pr...
22 March 2017, by

Security for multirobot systems

Distributed planning, communication, and control algorithms for autonomous robots make up a major area of research in computer science. But in the literature on multirobot systems, security has gotten...
17 March 2017, by

Mind control: Correcting robot mistakes using EEG brain signals

For robots to do what we want, they need to understand us. Too often, this means having to meet them halfway: teaching them the intricacies of human language, for example, or giving them explicit comm...
06 March 2017, by

Data Civilizer system links data scattered across files for easy querying

The age of big data has seen a host of new techniques for analyzing large data sets. But before any of those techniques can be applied, the target data has to be aggregated, organized, and cleaned up....
24 January 2017, by

Combining automation and mobility to create a smarter world

By: Catherine Marguerite | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Daniela Rus loves Singapore. As the MIT professor sits down in her Frank Gehry-designed office in Cambridge, Massachus...
20 January 2017, by

Design, simulate and build a custom drone

This fall’s new FAA regulations have made drone flight easier than ever for both companies and consumers. But what if the drones out on the market aren’t exactly what you want? A new system fro...
05 December 2016, by

How the brain recognizes faces

MIT researchers and their colleagues have developed a new computational model of the human brain’s face-recognition mechanism that seems to capture aspects of human neurology that previous models ha...
01 December 2016, by

Professor Emeritus Whitman Richards dies at 84

Whitman Richards '53, PhD '65, professor emeritus of cognitive sciences and of media arts and sciences and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, died o...
18 October 2016, by

Designing and deploying a fleet of autonomous boats on the canals of Amsterdam

MIT has signed an agreement to engage in research collaborations with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands. The collaboration’s flagship project, led ...
20 September 2016, by

MIT, Lockheed Martin launch long-term research collaboration

In a new collaborative initiative in autonomy and robotics, MIT and Lockheed Martin scientists will focus on innovations needed to enable generation-after-next autonomous systems. Improvements in huma...
17 May 2016, by

MIT CSAIL’s 6-foot-tall NASA humanoid robot has landed

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL This week MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) received an unusual package: a six-foot-tall, 300-pound humanoid robot that NASA h...
28 April 2016, by

Wireless localizer could mean safer drones and password-free WiFi

By Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL We’ve all been there, impatiently twiddling our thumbs while trying to locate a WiFi signal. But what if, instead, the WiFi could locate us?...
01 April 2016, by

Enabling human-robot rescue teams

By Larry Hardesty, MIT CSAIL Autonomous robots performing a joint task send each other continual updates: “I’ve passed through a door and am turning 90 degrees right.” “After advancing 2 fe...
18 February 2016, by

Motion-planning algorithms allow drones to make hairpin turns in a simulated “forest”

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL Getting drones to fly around without hitting things is no small task. Obstacle-detection and motion-planning are two of computer science’s trickiest challenges, because...
19 January 2016, by

From pencil and paper to hands-on making, a brief history of MIT’s legendary MechE 2.007

Alissa Mallinson | Department of Mechanical Engineering It's hard to ignore the fact that a worldwide maker movement is well underway. Over the past 10 or so years, community Maker Faires have beco...
16 December 2015, by

CSAIL shows off demos to 150 high-schoolers for “Hour of Code”

By Adam Conner-Simmons | CSAIL Last Friday, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) hosted 150 local high school students for its second annual “Hour of Code” ev...
15 December 2015, by

NASA gives MIT a humanoid robot to develop software for future space missions

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL NASA announced yesterday that MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is one of two university research groups nationwide that will...
18 November 2015, by

“Shrinking bull’s-eye” algorithm speeds up complex modeling from days to hours

[clear] Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office  To work with computational models is to work in a world of unknowns: Models that simulate complex physical processes — from Earth’s changing climate ...
17 November 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

Should cars be fully driverless? No, says MIT engineer and historian David Mindell

by Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office If you follow technology news — or even if you don’t — you have probably heard that numerous companies have been trying to develop driverless cars for a de...
15 October 2015, by

Rock Print: A zero-waste 3D-printed structure made only of rock and thread

Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create "Rock Print" -- a full-scale architectural installation on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial u...
07 October 2015, by and

Soft robotic gripper can pick up and identify wide array of objects

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL Robots have many strong suits, but delicacy traditionally hasn’t been one of them. Rigid limbs and digits make it difficult for them to grasp, hold, and manipulat...
02 October 2015, by

Former DARPA Program Manager Gill Pratt to direct Toyota’s new $50M robotics investment

In a surprise move today, Toyota held a press conference (see video below) announcing a substantial investment in robotics and AI research to develop "advanced driving support" technology, with forme...
04 September 2015, by



Cheetah 2, with Sangbae Kim

Transcript included. In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sangbae Kim, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), at the International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 201...
24 July 2015, by

SMART begins live public robocar tests in Singapore today

Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course wi...
23 October 2014, by

IROS 2014 Webcam: Research pitches from the interactive sessions (Part 2)

More pitches from the interactive sessions at IROS. See also Part 1....
20 September 2014, by

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