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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…

L-3 and University of North Dakota to Form UAS Training Center
06/14/10 — L-3 Link Simulation & Training and University of North Dakota sign a memorandum of understanding to form the first non-military unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training center. L-3 Link Simulation & Training announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly create an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Training Center…

Follow the (Robotic) Leader
06/01/10 — NYU-Poly scientist combines mathematical modeling and advanced materials to create robots to lead schools of fish. Artificial intelligence? Done. Artificial leadership? Its origins may well be in the fish tanks and the algorithms in Maurizio Porfiri’s Brooklyn laboratories at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Here the assistant professor…

Synchronized Swimming for Submarines
05/18/10 — Clark School of Engineering studies schooling fish to improve motion coordination in unmanned vehicle teams. Nature shows and Caribbean vacation commercials often depict a school of fish moving as a single entity to avoid obstacles and elude prey. Engineers hope to give unmanned mini-submarines, mini-helicopters and other autonomous vehicles the…

Research On Bats’ Ability to ‘See’ in the Dark Has Implications for Robotics
05/14/10 — Detailed studies into the way bats use sound to ‘see’ in the dark could soon be used to create robots that can find their way around hazardous environments. Simon Whiteley of Strathclyde’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering worked with colleagues at Leeds University to investigate the techniques bats use…

Virginia Tech Engineering Students Build Full-Sized Humanoid Robot
05/04/10 — VT’s College of Engineering Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory have built CHARLI (Cognitive Humanoid Autonomous Robot with Learning Intelligence), the first untethered, autonomous, full-sized, walking, humanoid robot with four moving limbs and a head, built in the United States. As CHARLI takes his first steps, anxious onlookers stand ready to catch…

University of Calgary Selects Clearpath Robotics for Harbor Defense Research
05/03/10 — Clearpath Robotics is providing UofC’s Autonomous Reconfigurable/Robotic Systems Laboratory with their Kingfisher M100, an unmanned surface vehicle for marine research. Clearpath Robotics, designers and manufactureers of unmanned vehicle systems, announced it will be partnering with the University of Calgary (UofC) for unmanned harbor defense research. The project is spearheaded by…

New Models for Optimizing Mission Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
04/16/10 — Engineers at Boston University are working on a theoretical approach to improve automated mission control and decision-making for fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Automating these functions would let UAVs adapt their actions more rapidly in response to unforeseen events and ultimately require less human supervision. With funding from the…

Clever as a Blind Fish
04/11/10 — Working under the belief that the animal kingdom provides excellent insights into the development of autonomous robots, researchers at the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) excellence cluster in Munich develops an underwater robot named “Snookie” modeled on the blind Mexican cave fish Astyanax. The underwater robot “Snookie” can orient itself…

WPI to Offer a PhD in Robotics Engineering
04/06/10 — The only university to award a bachelor’s degree in robotics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute will now become the first university with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will become the only university to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in robotics engineering with the addition of a PhD…




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