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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…

Cyclone Power Technologies Delivers Biomass-to-Power System to Robotic Technology
04/05/10 — Cyclone’s prototype biomass-to-power generator to provide Robotic Technology’s Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) with a source of renewable power, allowing the EATR to accomplish long range military reconnaissance without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling. Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets:CYPW) has successfully completed its biomass-to-power engine system for…

UC Berkeley Researchers Develop a Robot That Folds Towels
04/03/10 — Willow Garage’s PR2 robot, running an algorithm developed by University of California Berkeley researchers, can now fold towels of different sizes, colors and materials.  More than a household convenience, the project is a breakthrough in the robotic manipulation of non-rigid, deformable objects. Who wouldn’t want a robot that could make…

Teaching Your Car How To Drive
03/16/10 — What if your car could learn how you handle different driving situations, then alert you if you fail to slow for a curve or start driving erratically? A European research project has already built a working prototype of a car so smart that it goes to driving school every day.…

“ABE” Autonomous Submersible Lost at Sea
03/09/10 — Researchers believe 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE), one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships, and the first autonomous robot to make detailed maps of mid-ocean ridges, suffered a catastrophic implosion of one of the glass spheres used to keep ABE buoyant.…

The International Space Elevator Consortium Announces the Pearson and Artsutanov Prizes
03/08/10 — The Pearson prize will be awarded for that paper which best addresses the topic of Space Debris Mitigation in relation to a Space Elevator, while the Artsutanov prize will be awarded for the best paper on any other Space Elevator-related topic. The International Space Elevator Consortium (ISEC), an independent group…

Unmanned Helicopter Would Investigate Nuclear Disasters
03/07/10 — Autonomous helicopter built by Virginia Tech’s Unmanned Systems Laboratory is designed to fly into cities after a nuclear attack in order to detect radiation levels, map and photograph damage. Students at Virginia Tech’s Unmanned Systems Laboratory are perfecting an autonomous helicopter they hope will never be used for its intended…

Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations
02/22/10 — Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Missouri-Columbia partner to develop a remote-controlled robot that is equipped with an infrared camera and LIDAR technology capable of providing detailed images of room interiors even when peering through a window. Soldiers and first responders may soon have…

Artificial Foot Recycles Energy for Easier Walking
02/17/10 — Energy-recycling artificial foot significantly reduces effort to walk compared to traditional prosthetic devices. An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say. “For amputees, what they experience when they’re trying to walk normally is what I would…

Researchers Develop the First Fully Autonomous Underwater Manipulation System
02/12/10 — Using funding from the US Office of Naval Research, Autonomous Systems Laboratory of the University of Hawaii and its spin-off company, MASE, Inc., have developed SAUVIM, an underwater robot capable of performing autonomous navigation and manipulation. The first fully autonomous underwater manipulation in an unstructured environment was demonstrated at the…

Robot Programming Used to Measure Effectiveness of Virtual Learning
01/21/10 — Using robot programming as a measure for teaching effectiveness, four senior academics in the UK and Japan are looking into how virtual environments such as Second Life contribute to high quality teaching and learning. Discovering whether virtual environments play an effective role in the way that humans learn is the…

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots for 2010 Competition
01/05/10 — A team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Virginia Tech’s Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems in building a team battle-ready robots as part of an international war games challenge. The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the “Terminator” films are becoming less sci-fi, and more certain future every day.…

Cockroaches Offer Inspiration for Running Robots
12/29/09 — Oregon State University researchers are working to apply basic biological and mechanical principles that allow certain animals to run effortlessly over rough terrain to running robots. By By David Stauth The sight of a cockroach scurrying for cover may be nauseating, but the insect is also a biological and engineering…

UB Professor Studies the Flight of Hummingbirds To Develop Self-Propelled Surveillance Devices
12/18/09 — To better understand how a three-dimensional vortex forms, University at Buffalo researchers are conducting experiments using lasers and rectangular flapping “wings” in a water tank. The secret to the flight of the hummingbird and other tiny birds and insects lies in the looping, swirling flow of air, called a vortex,…




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