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Engineers Make Artificial Skin Out of Nanowires
09/13/10 —   Engineers at UC Berkeley have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires that could one day give new meaning to the term “thin-skinned.” “The idea is to have a material that functions like the human skin, which means incorporating the ability to feel and touch objects,” says Ali…

Researchers Give Robots the Ability to Lie
09/12/10 —   A robot deceives an enemy soldier by creating a false trail and hiding so that it will not be caught. While this sounds like a scene from one of the Terminator movies, it’s actually the scenario of an experiment conducted by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology as…

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help the Stickybot Robot Climb
09/12/10 —   A Stanford mechanical engineer is using the biology of a gecko’s sticky foot to create a robot that climbs. In the same way the small reptile can scale a wall of slick glass, the Stickybot can climb smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the intricate design of gecko toes.…

Carnegie Mellon Computer Vision Systems Decipher Outdoor Scenes
09/12/10 —   Computer vision systems can struggle to make sense of a single image, but a new method devised by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University enables computers to gain a deeper understanding of an image by reasoning about the physical constraints of the scene. In much the same way that…

MIT Researchers Unveil Autonomous Oil-Absorbing Robot
09/10/10 —   Using a cutting-edge nanotechnology, researchers at MIT have created a robotic prototype that could autonomously navigate the surface of the ocean to collect surface oil and process it on site. The system, called Seaswarm, is a fleet of vehicles that may make cleaning up future oil spills both less…

CMU Offers Robotic Systems Development Degree Program
08/23/10 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Masters Degree Program in robotics requires a seven-month internship with an affiliated industrial partner active in robotics or automation. Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute is offering a new master’s degree program in robotic systems development that will provide beginning and early-entry practicing professionals with the multidisciplinary skills…

Robot Speaks the Language of Kids
08/10/10 — Researchers with the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut use robots to enhance motor and social communication skills of children with low- and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. A robot delivers a karate chop or makes drumming motions and a child imitates the robot, taking…

Leeds Researchers Study Undersea Rivers With a Yellow Submarine
08/02/10 — University of Leeds researchers use the Autosub, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle which is an unmanned and untethered submersible programmed to carry out missions without communication from the surface, to explore “submarine channel” for the first time. A team of scientists led by the University of Leeds has used a robotic…

Gut Movements in Caterpillars Have Impact on Robotic Design
07/26/10 — Virginia Tech engineers and Tufts biologists have discovered internal soft-tissue movements of freely crawling caterpillars are massively out of sync with the external body movements. “Weird movements” in the abdomens of freely crawling caterpillars are making headlines in the fields of engineering and biology, says Jake Socha, Virginia Tech assistant…

MIT Creates a Plane That Lands Like a Bird
07/22/10 —   Everyone knows what it’s like for an airplane to land: the slow maneuvering into an approach pattern, the long descent, and the brakes slamming on as soon as the plane touches down, which seems to just barely bring it to a rest a mile later. Birds, however, can switch…

Next Gen Surgical Robots Could Steer Themselves
07/22/10 — As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot could eliminate a surprising element from that scenario—the doctor. Feasibility studies conducted by Duke University bioengineers have demonstrated that a robot—without any human assistance—can locate a man-made, or phantom, lesion in simulated human organs, guide…

Carnegie Mellon Launches $7 Million Initiative Using Robots To Boost Science and Technology Majors
07/14/10 — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring a program called Fostering Innovation through Robotics Exploration that is designed to increase the number of college students majoring in computer science, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (CS-STEM). A new four-year, $7 million educational initiative by Carnegie Mellon University will leverage students’…

Oceanscience Group Wins Office of Naval Research Grant to Develop Swarming River Robots
07/12/10 — Designer of field data systems for hydrologists, hydrographers, and oceanographers partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology on drifting floats that will survey rivers autonomously. The Oceanscience Group, an Oceanside technology company, has been awarded a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). …

Robotics Research Set to Transform New Zealand Horticulture Industry
07/12/10 — University of Canterbury-led research team is developing a vine-pruning robot will be manufactured in New Zealand, and is forecast to earn New Zealand exporters over $200 million within 10 years of market entry. A vine-pruning robot that could save New Zealand’s horticulture industry $27.5 million a year is being developed…

Thermal-Powered, Insectlike Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders’ Ring
07/08/10 — University of Washington researchers develop a miniature, insectlike robot with hundreds of tiny legs that can carry heavy loads - more than seven times its own weight - and move in any direction. Robotic cars attracted attention last decade with a 100-mile driverless race across the desert competing for a…

Robot Submarine Patrols Lake Michigan for Climate-Change Study
07/06/10 — Purdue University researchers are using an autonomous underwater vehicle in Lake Michigan to study how the changing physical properties of water affect the larva of fish yellow perch and alewives. Researchers at Purdue University are using a robotic submarine and other specialized tools in Lake Michigan to gather biological and…

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built by Virginia Tech Students
06/24/10 — The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory worked closely with Virginia Tech and TORC in the creation of the four Ground Unmanned Support Surrogates (GUSS) that will be used for their ability to support a platoon of U.S. Marines. Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students…

Phase II Work on the Alabama Robotics Technology Park Begins
06/23/10 — Phase II development of a 30,000 square foot Advanced Research and Technology Center, follows Phase I groundbreaking 68,000 square foot Robotic Maintenance and Training Center, scheduled to open in September 2010. On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, Alabama Governor Bob Riley helped break ground on Phase II of the Alabama Robotics…




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