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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

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

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the visually impaired, but it’s been difficult to come up with anything as reliable and easy to use as the wh...
02 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

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

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


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Researchers add a splash of human intuition to planning algorithms

Every other year, the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling hosts a competition in which computer systems designed by conference participants try to find the best solution to a...
09 February 2017, by

Ingestible robots, glasses-free 3-D, and computers that explain themselves

Machines that predict the future, robots that patch wounds and wireless emotion-detectors are just a few of the exciting projects that came out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ...
19 December 2016, by

Learning words from pictures

Speech recognition systems, such as those that convert speech to text on cellphones, are generally the result of machine learning. A computer pores through thousands or even millions of audio files an...
16 December 2016, by

Eliminating cords with wireless ‘millimeter wave’ virtual reality headsets

One of the limits of today’s virtual reality (VR) headsets is that they have to be tethered to computers in order to process data well enough to deliver high-resolution visuals. But wearing an HDMI ...
14 November 2016, by

Artificial-intelligence system surfs web to improve its performance

Of the vast wealth of information unlocked by the Internet, most is plain text. The data necessary to answer myriad questions — about, say, the correlations between the industrial use of certain che...
11 November 2016, by

Driverless-vehicle options now include scooters

By: Larry Hardesty At MIT’s 2016 Open House last spring, more than 100 visitors took rides on an autonomous mobility scooter in a trial of software designed by researchers from MIT’s Computer ...
10 November 2016, by

Electric motors expanding application and efficiency in robots, ships, cars, and microgrids

Electric motors have been around since Thomas Davenport built the first functional model in 1834, and they have played a growing part in our lives ever since. Today, they continue to replace diesel an...
25 October 2016, by

Prepping a robot for its journey to Mars

Sarah Hensley is preparing an astronaut named Valkyrie for a mission to Mars. It is 6 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is equipped with an extended chest cavity that makes it look distinctly female. ...
21 October 2016, by

MIT robot helps nurses schedule tasks on labor floor

Robot from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab suggests where to move patients and who should do C-sections....
11 July 2016, by

Building better trust between humans and machines

MIT-SUTD researchers are creating improved interfaces to help machines and humans work together to complete tasks....
23 June 2016, by

Ingestible origami robot

By: Larry Hardesty In experiments involving a simulation of the human esophagus and stomach, researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated...
13 May 2016, by

3-D printing hydraulically-powered robots, no assembly required

By Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL One reason we don’t yet have robot personal assistants buzzing around doing our chores is because making them is hard. Assembling robots by hand is time-consuming, ...
06 April 2016, by







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