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Medical Robotics Expert Explores the Human-Machine Interface
04/27/09 — Like many others, University of California, Santa Cruz researcher Jacob Rosen is developing a robotics exoskeleton that has the potential to help the disabled and infirmed.  Unlike other exoskeleton projects, however, Rosen’s design allows the user to reach 95 percent of the natural range of motion.  Also, Rosen is looking…

Robot Playmates Monitor Emotional State of Children with ASD
04/10/09 — The day that robot playmates help children with autism learn the social skills that they naturally lack has come a step closer with the development of a system that allows a robot to monitor a child’s emotional state. “There is a lot of research going on around the world today…

‘Robot Scientist’ is Cool, But it Ain’t No Scientist; And That’s Not a Baby, Either
04/06/09 — The fear and assumption that robots will be replacing humans is alive and well even among the technocracy.  Or possibly the fear exists and technocrats just take advantage of it to gain more exposure.  One is a robot lab assistant that could replace graduate students, if it could ever learn…

Honda Interface Lets Human Direct Asimo Robot By Thought Alone
03/31/09 — Honda has combined two impressive but currently impractical technologies together to allow a human to control its Asimo robot simply by thinking about it. The Brain Machine Interface (BMI) uses a combination of electrical and heat scanners to identify activity in the brain, and sophisticated pattern-identification software to match that…

WPI To Launch Graduate Robotics Engineering Program
03/18/09 — Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced it will launch a master’s degree program in Robotics Engineering this fall. The new program will be taught primarily by teachers in other departments, at WPI, which established the country’s first bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering in 2006 As many as 30 faculty and…

Virginia Tech Team Wins International Competition With Robots Designed to Save Lives of Construction
03/18/09 — Members of Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory take home the grand prize at the 2008 International Capstone Design Fair for HyDRAS-Ascent and CIRCA construction robots. Both electrically powered HyDRA and compress air powered CIRCA robots were designed to serve as a practical, autonomous inspection tool for use in construction.…

Group Hopes Training Work Force Will Expand Local Robotics Industry
03/04/09 — A group of colleges and engineering companies in the Pittsburgh area are coming together to sponsor an associate degree program in robotics for local community colleges. The two year Robotics Engineering Technology degree program is designed to train students with high-school-equivalent educations how to build and maintain robots and embedded…

Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With Bodyweight Support System
02/12/09 — Honda’s second ‘Walking Assist’ device is not designed for the infirmed, but as a ‘Lifestyle Enhancement’ product that provides additional load support for the legs and body. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled its second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on an individual’s legs…

‘The Wright Brothers All Over Again’: Cross-Disciplinary Cooperation Drives Unmanned Aerial Systems
02/12/09 — University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences built its reputation long ago as an innovative pioneer in training the world’s future pilots. With its “manned” aviation legacy soaring, the school has turned to a new challenge, one that involves no pilot, at least not onboard the…

Carnegie Mellon, U at Buffalo Collaborate on $4.7 Million Project To Advance Public Transportation
12/16/08 — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York, are collaborating on a five-year, $4.7 million effort to advance public transportation for people with disabilities by bringing together computer science technology and the principles of universal design. Their grant from the U.S. Department…

Carnegie Mellon Developing Automated Systems To Enable Precision Farming of Apples, Oranges
12/16/08 — The Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops (CASC) Program and the Integrated Automation for Sustainable Specialty Crop Farming Project at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build automated apple and orange farming systems. Two groups…

SRI International Breaks Ground on St. Petersburg Facility
11/08/08 — A $20 million grant from the State of Florida’s Innovation Incentive Program fund attracts SRI International a nonprofit, independent research and technology development organization.  The new research center will develop cutting-edge technology in such areas as marine science, port security, energy, and the environment. Mayor Rick Baker and SRI International…

MIT’s New Underwater Robot Can Hover in Place
11/03/08 — Odyssey IV, developed by MIT Sea Grant College Program’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Laboratory, offers novel hovering capabilities, making it a a boon for oil explorers, archaeologists and more. By David Chandler, MIT News Office MIT researchers have designed a new robotic underwater vehicle that can hover in place like a…

Disney Launches Global Research & Development Labs With Carnegie Mellon University and Swiss Federa
11/02/08 — Disney Parks & Resorts Division partners with leading universities for cutting edge computer science and technology research.  CMU and ETH Zurich students work outside of academia to focus on real-world problems. Disney announced a major research and development initiative to engage top technology universities to conduct research and development for…

Aurora Flight Sciences Initiates Collaborative Program With Olin College of Engineering
10/17/08 — Olin partners with Aurora Flight Sciences on the development of multi-vehicle coordination algorithms for teams of actual Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs). Aurora Flight Sciences announced today the beginning of a collaboration with the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. The collaboration, under…

Lunar Prospecting Robot To Be Field Tested on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea
10/17/08 — NASA’s Scarab rover, developed by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, is designed to traverse the lunar surface taking core samples for use in NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) experiment.  The robot, which weighs approximately 880 pounds, can operate on just 100 watts of power.…

Paleontologist Contributes to Flying Drone Design Based on Prehistoric Flying Reptile
10/07/08 — A Texas Tech University curator and an aeronautical engineer from the University of Florida have developed a 30-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a 225 million-year-old pterodactyl. The drone, featuring a strange design of a rudder at the nose of the craft instead of the tail, would gather data from…

Helicopters Teach Themselves To Perform Aerial Maneuvers
09/12/08 — While pursuing the goal of having autonomous helicopters perform extreme aerial aerobatics under computer control, Stanford University scientists discovered that writing command and control code from scratch was unsuitable for all but the most basic aerial routines.  Their solution… have the helicopters ‘learn’ directly from experts. By Dan Stober Professor…




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