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A newcomer’s guide to #ICRA2022: A primer

The upcoming ICRA 2022 conference will be the first robotics conference that many attend in-person for the first time since the pandemic. For many, it may be your first time ever attending an academic conference. Before it passes by you in a blink, we have a series of posts -- a "millennial's guide" if you will -- to help you make the most out of it.
27 April 2022, by

Field Robotics: A new, high-quality, online and open-access journal

It has been almost half a year since the mass resignation of the editors and editorial board of the Journal of Field Robotics. In a new turn of events, Peter Corke has recently relaunched Field Roboti...

Tertill: A weed whacking robot to patrol your garden

Update: The response to Tertill’s crowdfunding campaign has amazed and delighted us! Pledges totalling over $250,000 have come from 1000+ backers. We're shipping to all countries, with over a fifth...
06 July 2017, by

A robotic doctor is gearing up for action

A robotic doctor that can be controlled hundreds of kilometres away by a human counterpart is gearing up for action. Getting a check-up from a robot may sound like something from a sci-fi film, but sc...
29 June 2017, by

2017 Robot Art Competition winners announced

A record number of teams submitted beautiful robot-created artwork for the second year of this 5-year worldwide competition. In total, there were 38 teams from 10 countries who submitted 200 differen...
19 May 2017, by

Kids celebrate robotics at RoboFes 2017

Robo Done, the robotic academy franchise for kids from Osaka, Japan, celebrated Japan’s Day of the Children on the 5th of May at their annual event, Robot Festival 2017 or RoboFes. The event welcome...
17 May 2017, by



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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

ARIAC Qualifier 3 is now open

We are happy to announce that Qualifier 3 is now open for the Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation Competition (ARIAC)! ARIAC is a simulation-based competition is designed to promote agility in in...

Registration now open for 2nd annual Robotic Art Competition

The 2017 second annual robotic art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes is now open for team registration. An international competition for all ages, the contest’s goal is to challenge teams to ...
11 April 2017, by

Billion $dollar acquisitions continue: ABB acquires B&R

ABB, one of the Big Four global robot makers, has acquired Austrian industrial automation integrator and components manufacturer B&R (Bernecker & Rainer) Automation for an undisclosed amount b...
04 April 2017, by

ROS robotics projects

A new book by Lentin Joseph, ROS Robotics Programming, outlines more than 14 robotics projects using ROS that can be engaged with without requiring a lot of hardware. The book starts with an introdu...
04 April 2017, by

Robolliance on-hand for ISC West’s Unmanned Security Expo

This week (April 05-07, 2017), the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas will host ISC West 2017 in what they say is "the largest security industry trade show in the U.S.", drawing an estimated 29,000+ secur...
03 April 2017, by

The cheap arm project: An affordable, open-source robotics project

What do you get when you put together wood and rope? Well according to Plymouth University's Professor Guido Bugmann: a low-cost, open source, 2 meter tall robot! All buildable for under £2000. The C...
30 March 2017, by and

Beyond 5G: NSF awards $6.1 million to accelerate advanced wireless research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $6.1 million, five-year award to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies through the foundation's Platfo...

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

Discovering optimal strategies for fast robotic walking and climbing

Chances are that you’ve never given much thought to how insects walk, or what combination of leg movements–or gaits–is most stable or fastest, but, if like a group of scientists from Ramdya, Flo...
17 February 2017, by

Cargo drones deliver in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines an...
16 February 2017, by

Switzerland invites international startups to disrupt key industries

Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero-equity technology accelerators and an initiative of digitalswitzerland, has today announced that applications are open to inte...
16 February 2017, by

Wearable AI that can detect the tone of a conversation

It’s a fact of nature that a single conversation can be interpreted in very different ways. For people with anxiety or conditions like Asperger’s, this can make social situations extremely stressf...
01 February 2017, by

Soft exosuit economies: Understanding the costs of lightening the load

Last year, Harvard’s soft exosuit team provided first proof-of-concept results showing that its wearable robot could lower energy expenditure in healthy people walking with a load on their back. Mad...
30 January 2017, by

The Digger Foundation competing for a $1million prize

The DOME Project of the Digger Foundation has been shortlisted as finalist of the prestigious Robotics Award for Good taking place in Dubai in February 2017, where a $1million price will be awarded ...
30 January 2017, by

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance

The MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the ...
10 January 2017, by

Implantable microrobots: Manufacturing intricate biocompatible micromachines

A team of researchers led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Sam Sia at Columbia Engineering has developed a way to manufacture microscale machines from biomaterials that can safely be implanted in t...
10 January 2017, by

Robot Life Survey

What might the first western explorer have thought upon encountering whales, flamingos and iguanas? What would have they thought of these strange near-fantastical creatures? What is it like for 21s...

CES 2017 pre-news: Ford Fusion, Nvidia, MobilEye, HERE, BMW, Intel and other partnerships

Thursday night, and I am heading off to CES, and it’s become the main show it seems for announcing robocar news. There’s already a bunch....
05 January 2017, by

QuadBot: The 3D printed crab-bot scuttling beyond its Kickstarter goal

Robotics is becoming more accessible for many people, but the complexities of legged robots mean they remain beyond the reach of most consumers. The complex mechanics, electronics and code algorithms ...
09 December 2016, 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

Assistive robot operated via a brain-computer interface

Research and development of robotic assistive technologies has gained tremendous momentum in the last decade due to several factors such as the maturity level reached by several technologies, the adva...
16 November 2016, by

Care-O-bot 4 celebrates its premiere as a shopping assistant

In January 2015, Fraunhofer IPA presented a prototype of the “Care-O-bot 4” service robot. The charming helper is now proving its worth in the real world. “Paul” the robot has been greeting cu...
14 November 2016, by







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