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This Smart Wheelchair Has Laser Vision
11/16/09 — Lehigh University researcher uses a National Science Foundation grant to develop a robotic wheelchair that navigates on its own, with no human guidance or remote control, through a crowded city. Disability, John Spletzer believes, should no longer pose any obstacle to mobility. A blind person may not be able to…

Robotic Perception, on Purpose
11/12/09 — European researchers have developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process, they have taken the field to a new level. Currently, computer vision is good at recognizing objects in images and videos and has been successfully…

MU Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
11/09/09 — University of Missouri scientists develop software that detects humans and objects in videos, creating new possibilities for safety and surveillance. When searching for basketball videos online, a long list of websites appears which may contain a picture or a word describing a basketball. But what if the computer could search…

UCI Robot to Aid Brain Research
11/04/09 — Researchers from the University of California Irvine and University of California San Diego study adaptive decision-making in humans using a robot controlled by a computer model of a rodent brain. A robot powered by a computerized model of a rodent brain will help researchers from UC Irvine and UC San…

Caltech Scientists Create Robot Surrogate for Blind Persons in Testing Visual Prostheses
10/23/09 — A mobile, four-wheeled platform, CYCLOPS can simulate the “visual” experience of a blind person who has been implanted with a visual prosthesis, such as an artificial retina, and thereby can be used as a research tool to help refine and enhance the design of visual prostheses. Scientists at the California…

Like Humans, Monkeys Fall Into the ‘Uncanny Valley’
10/20/09 — Princeton University research points to evolutionary basis for ‘the uncanny valley’, the name given to the feeling of unease that results when individuals view realistic representations of humans, such as in computer generated images or humanoid robots, that fall just short of perfection. The ramifications for developers of androids and…

Is My Robot Happy to See Me?
10/19/09 — Scientists at Georgia Tech tested the ability of humans to interpret a robot’s “emotion” by reading its expression to see if there were any differences between the ages. They found unexpected differences in the way older adults read a robot’s face compared to younger adults. People are social creatures. Robots…

Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award
10/08/09 — Virginia Tech students develop a robotic hand, the RAPHaEL (Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments), powered by compressed air that does not require the use of motors or other expensive and bulky actuators. The Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) has captured another top award…

Lasers Generate Underwater Sound
10/05/09 — Naval Research Laboratory research could find application for undersea communications, navigation, and acoustic imaging, including use in unmanned underwater systems. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory are developing a new technology for use in underwater acoustics. The new technology uses flashes of laser light to remotely create underwater sound. The…

ABB and Vincennes University Partner for Robotic Training at the College’s New $9 Million Facility
10/04/09 — Collaboration includes robots and related work cells, software and controllers donated to VU to expose students cutting edge robotic technology. ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots, and Vincennes University (VU) have formed a partnership that will greatly enhance the Indiana college’s vocational and technical robotic training, and provide…

QinetiQ North America Awards New Robotics Fellowship to CMU Student
10/01/09 — QinetiQ’s Technology Solutions Group’s inaugural “Robotics Fellowship” goes to first-year PhD student at robotics powerhouse Carnegie Mellon University. Daniel Munoz, a first-year Ph.D. student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, is the first recipient of the QinetiQ North America Robotics Fellowship, which will provide him with three years of educational…

Rensselaer Researchers to Develop and Test Next-Generation Radar Systems
10/01/09 — Under a grant awarded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are developing and testing next-generation radar systems where conventional radar systems are replaced or augmented by many small, inexpensive radio frequency (RF) sensors that are stationary or deployed on air, space, or ground…

Nine International Research Teams Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Locations
09/18/09 — Teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia demonstrate interoperation of nine telesurgical robots using protocol developed by University of Washington and SRI International researchers. Using a new software convention called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently collaborated on the first…

University of Washington Seaglider Sets New Underwater Endurance and Range Records
09/15/09 — Over a nine month period a glider makes 737 dives down to a depth of 3,280 feet as it propelled itself through 3,050 miles of water.  A University of Washington Seaglider operated for 9 months and 5 days in the Pacific Ocean, an endurance record more than double what any…

Using Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
09/08/09 — University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are using a three-year National Science Foundation grant funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to develop a robot that can communication with elderly people with limited mobility. Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with…

New Robots Mimic Fish’s Swimming—Could be Used in Underwater Exploration
08/24/09 — MIT researchers develop simple, yet robust underwater robots based on form factors developed over millions of years of evolution. Borrowing from Mother Nature, a team of MIT researchers has built a school of swimming robo-fish that slip through the water just as gracefully as the real thing, if not quite…

Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers
07/10/09 — North Carolina State University employ bio-mimetics in the form factor of a bat for the development of micro-aerial vehicles (MAV). Tiny flying machines can be used for everything from indoor surveillance to exploring collapsed buildings, but simply making smaller versions of planes and helicopters doesn’t work very well. Instead, researchers…

Real-Time Control of Wheelchairs With Brain Waves
06/30/09 — The BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center have announced their success using a new signal processing technology for brain machine interface (BMI).  They have developed a system which utilizes one of the fastest technologies in the world, controlling a wheelchair using brain waves in as little as 125 milliseconds (one millisecond, or ms,…




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