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New Robot with Force Feedback Promises Better Surgery
09/30/10 —   TU/e researcher Linda van den Bedem developed a compact surgical robot that uses “force feedback” to enable a surgeon to feel what he or she is doing. Van den Bedem intends to market Sofie, an acronym for the Surgeon’s Operating Force-feedback Interface Eindhoven. Robotic surgery makes it possible to…

Humanoid Robot Learns Archery
09/28/10 —   Ready, aim, release. That sequence for shooting an arrow at a target might be self-evident to adults and even children, but not so for a robot. So researchers at the Italian Institute ofTechnology developed a learning algorithm that's being used to teach the skill of archery to a humanoid…

Home-Based Robotic Helpers on the Horizon
09/27/10 —   They’re mundane, yet daunting tasks: Tidying a messy room. Assembling a bookshelf from a kit of parts. Fetching a hairbrush for someone who can’t do it herself. What if a robot could do it for you? Assistant professor of computer science Ashutosh Saxena is working to bring such robots…

Football Playing Robots Have the Future of Artificial Intelligence at Their Feet
09/27/10 —   The new Premier League season is underway and in Madrid the World Cup celebrations are barely over, yet according to research in WIREs Cognitive Science, the world’s best players may soon be facing a new challenge from football playing robots, which their creators claim will be able to play…

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…




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