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Multisensory Perception, with Jivko Sinapov

Robohub Podcast · Multisensory Perception In this episode, Shihan Lu interviews Jivko Sinapov, Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University, about his work on beh...
15 November 2020, by

Second edition of Springer Handbook of Robotics

The Second Edition of the award-winning Springer Handbook of Robotics edited by Bruno Siciliano and Oussama Khatib has recently been published. The contents of the first edition have been restructured...
09 July 2017, by

UAV-based crop and weed classification for future farming

Crops are key for a sustainable food production and we face several challenges in crop production. First, we need to feed a growing world population. Second, our society demands high-quality foods. Th...

Survey: Examining perceptions of autonomous vehicles using hypothetical scenarios

I'm examining the perception of autonomous cars using hypothetical scenarios. Each of the hypothetical scenarios is accompanied with an image to help illustrate the scene -- using grey tones and nonde...
26 June 2017, by

CARNAC program researching autonomous co-piloting

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is researching autonomous co-piloting so they can fly without a human pilot on board. The robotic system — called the Common Aircraft Retrofit f...
26 June 2017, by

Making Pepper walk: Understanding Softbank’s purchase of Boston Dynamics

It is unclear if Masayoshi Son, Chairman of Softbank, was one of the 17 million YouTube viewers of Boston Dynamic’s Big Dog before acquiring the company for an undisclosed amount this past Thursday...
12 June 2017, by


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Engineers design drones that can stay aloft for five days

In the event of a natural disaster that disrupts phone and Internet systems over a wide area, autonomous aircraft could potentially hover over affected regions, carrying communications payloads that p...
09 June 2017, by

Finally! Google sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

In a long-awaited transaction, The New York Times Dealbook announced that SoftBank was buying Boston Dynamics from Alphabet (Google). Also included in the deal is the Japanese startup Schaft. Acquisit...
09 June 2017, by

Giving robots a sense of touch

Eight years ago, Ted Adelson’s research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact...
05 June 2017, by

Faster, more nimble drones on the horizon

There’s a limit to how fast autonomous vehicles can fly while safely avoiding obstacles. That’s because the cameras used on today’s drones can only process images so fast, frame by individual fr...
31 May 2017, by

What has twenty years of RoboCup taught us?

In 1985, a twenty-two year old Garry Kasparov became the youngest World Chess Champion. Twelve years later, he was defeated by the only player capable of challenging the grandmaster, IBM’s Deep Blu...
23 May 2017, by

EduExo: Robotic exoskeletons for everyone

For decades robotic exoskeletons were the subject of science fiction novels and movies. But in recent years, exoskeleton technology has made huge progress towards reality and exciting research project...
22 May 2017, by

On the future of human-centered robotics

Science and technology are essential tools for innovation, and to reap their full potential, we also need to articulate and solve the many aspects of today’s global issues that are rooted in the pol...
16 May 2017, by

Thoughts on the EU’s draft report on robotics

I was asked to write a short op-ed on the European Parliament Law Committee's recommendations on civil law rules for robotics. In the end, the piece didn't get published, so I am posting it here:...
08 May 2017, by

24 research reports that dissect the robotics industry

After reading the press releases for this batch of 24 research reports, although they vary widely in their forecasts, they almost all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to...
05 May 2017, by

Recap from International Robotics Week

It was the event we have worked towards since the founding of RoboValley: the International Robotics Week. Last week, we were able to show the whole world what RoboValley has built in the past years a...
26 April 2017, by

Machine learning requires careful stewardship says Royal Society

The many potential social and economic benefits from advances in AI-based technologies depend entirely on the environment in which these technologies evolve, says the Royal Society. According to a new...
25 April 2017, by

NASA spinoffs: Bringing space down to Earth

In a time of “America First,” the benefits of space travel are clouded by the smoke of hyperbole. In reality, there has been over 2,000 inventions courtesy of NASA that are making our lives bette...
24 April 2017, by

Smart grasping demonstrated at Automate and ProMat trade shows

Tactile sensing and force feedback are - and have been - problem areas for robot grasping. Humans could see, select and pick so much faster. Yet to handle the millions of different everyday items in o...
18 April 2017, by

Crash Course Computer Science video series

Crash Course is a video channel you can access through YouTube. Crash Course Computer Science is an ongoing playlist of fast-moving videos that begin with the most basic underpinnings of digital comp...
17 April 2017, by

CBS News outlines jobs and robotics debate; IFR fills in gaps

CBS News, and reporter David Pogue, displayed some new technologies threatening jobs, while the International Federation of Robotics suggested that deploying robots actually increases jobs. Are either...
13 April 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

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/10/17

April 3, 2017 – April 9, 2017 Public Safety Drones Police and first responder drones were once a sci-fi fantasy; now they are a reality, appearing with increasing frequency in cities and towns ...

Robot’s Delight: Japanese robots rap about their artificial intelligence

"Robot’s Delight - A Lyrical Exposition on Learning by Imitation from Human-Human Interaction" is a video submission that won Best Video at the 2017 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot...
28 March 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

Worm-inspired material strengthens, changes shape in response to its environment

A new material that naturally adapts to changing environments was inspired by the strength, stability, and mechanical performance of the jaw of a marine worm. The protein material, which was designed ...
21 March 2017, by

Sneak peek inside two Robotics Innovation Facilities (RIFs) in Europe

Robotics Innovation Facilities, or RIFs, are robotic labs, financed via the ECHORD++ project by the European Commission. They offer access to high-tech robotic equipment and expertise at zero risk; us...
03 March 2017, by

Shakey is first robot to receive IEEE Milestone award

Shakey the Robot, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, developed at SRI International between 1966-1972, was the first robot to be honored with a prestigious IEEE Milestone in Electrical En...
28 February 2017, by and

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot: Introducing Handle

Handle is a research robot standing 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles o...
28 February 2017, by







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