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Do We Think That Machines Can Think?
08/22/08 — Apparently, the answer is yes.  In this first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at RWTH Aachen University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study human interaction and perspective taking during human/machine interactions. The study found that at the neural cortical level during human/machine game play,…

GTRI Wins Contract to Develop Technology Roadmap for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems
08/01/08 — A one-year $430,000 award, funded through the U.S. Army at White Sands Missile Range, has been awarded to Georgia Tech Research Institute for the development of a test and evaluation roadmap for unmanned and autonomous systems.  The roadmap will address all five major unmanned and autonomous systems domains, including airborne…

Scientists to Develop Morphing “Chemical Robots”
07/28/08 — Tufts University has received federal funding to develop chemical robots that will be able to squeeze into spaces as tiny as 1 centimeter, then morph into something 10 times larger, and ultimately biodegrade. The “chembots” could access urban environments, tunnels, caves and debris fields, and carry out other risky operations…

Microsoft Sponsors RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition
07/25/08 — Robotics Trends, a division of EH Publishing, Inc., today announced that Microsoft has joined the 2nd annual RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition as the event’s Founding Sponsor. RoboDevelopment, the international technical design and development event for personal, service and mobile robotics industry (http://www.robodevelopment.com), will be held November 18-19, 2008 at the…

Meet Nexi, the Media Lab’s Latest Robot and Internet Star
06/05/08 — The Personal Robotics Group at MIT Media Lab, headed by Director Cynthia Breazeal, known for the famous Kismet expressive robot, has a new star.  Nexi MDS (mobile, dexterous, social), is a complete mobile robot with a fully expressive face that can engage directly with humans. By David Chandler, MIT News…

First Steps Toward Autonomous Robot Surgeries
06/02/08 — Duke engineers used a novel 3-D ultrasound technology to guide the actions of a rudimentary tabletop robot. The day may be getting a little closer when robots will perform surgery on patients in dangerous situations or in remote locations, such as on the battlefield or in space, with minimal human…

RoboDevelopment 2008 Call for Presentations Announced
05/20/08 — Robotics Trends has announced a Call for Presentations for the second annual RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition which wil run November 18-19, 2008 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.  Robotics Trends’ RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition is a multifaceted educational forum and trade show that addresses the technical issues…

SwRI Expands International Collaboration on Autonomous Vehicle Technology
04/21/08 — Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is joining forces with the Association pour la Recherche et le Developpement des Methodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES) of France to enhance the state of the art in the field of road automation.  The collaboration will address sensors, vehicle controls, robotics and pathway generation. This collaboration…

Penn Engineering Receives Largest Research Grant in School History to Lead Robotics Consortium
04/01/08 — The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science has received the largest single award in the School’s 156-year history to help create the fundamental networks and technologies that will put unmanned machines on the front lines of battle. The award is the MAST CTA, the Micro Autonomous Systems…

Bringing Second Life To Life: Researchers Create Character With Reasoning Abilities of a Child
03/18/08 — Today’s video games and online virtual worlds give users the freedom to create characters in the digital domain that look and seem more human than ever before. But despite having your hair, your height, and your hazel eyes, your avatar is still little more than just a pretty face. A…

Camera Brings Vast Improvement for Surveillance
03/17/08 — Researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville have developed a wide-angle camera that will be able to provide security forces with the ability to monitor large areas through high-resolution images taken from a satellite or an airborne craft, according to researcher David Pollock. It was Pollock who first discovered…

Carnegie Mellon Professor Takeo Kanade to Receive Franklin Institute’s Prestigious Bower Award
03/14/08 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Takeo Kanade is the 2008 recipient of the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science from the historic Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Bower Award, the newest award at The Franklin Institute, includes a gold medal and a cash prize of $250,000 making it one of…

Two World Firsts for British Robosnake
03/10/08 — Plymouth, England based company Merlin Robotics have been working in association with Nottingham Trent University to produce an intriguing robotic snake that uses not only muscle actuation but also linear sensors to function, and will be on display at London’s Science Museum at the DANA centre in April 2008. A…

Magnetic Levitation Gives Computer Users Sense of Touch
03/07/08 — National Science Foundation makes Carnegie Mellon invention available to more researchers. Computers, long used as tools to design and manipulate three-dimensional objects, may soon provide people with a way to sense the texture of those objects or feel how they fit together, thanks to a haptic, or touch-based, interface developed…

Probo is No Toy
03/03/08 — Several years in the making and a huge investment by the Brussels region, the project of the Robotics and Multibody Research Group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University) is a fully-functioning robot with the ability to read your emotions and respond in kind. Called Probo, the 60-centimetre tall “huggable…

Georgia Tech Offers First Interdisciplinary Robotics Doctoral Program in the U.S.
02/25/08 — The College of Computing at Georgia Tech announced the nation’s first interdisciplinary doctoral degree in robotics, to be offered at Georgia Tech. The program, which starts fall semester of 2008, was developed through Georgia Tech’s new Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM@Georgia Tech), a collaborative research center that combines…

Global Team Developing “Robotic Rats”
02/20/08 — A new initiative, bringing together nine research groups from seven countries, including teams of robotics and brain researchers from Europe, Israel, and the U.S., has recently been set up with the aim of imitating nature. Based on principles of active sensing that are widely adopted in the animal kingdom, the…

NASA-Funded Robot to Test Space Exploration Capabilities
02/20/08 — Feb. 8, 2008 MEDIA ADVISORY : M08-025 WASHINGTON - Researchers will test a NASA-funded robotic probe under ice here on Earth to demonstrate whether the probe’s systems can operate in a similar environment on Jupiter’s moon Europa. Testing will take place Feb. 12-15 in Lake Mendota on the campus of…




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