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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…

Computer Vision May Not be as Good as Thought
02/20/08 — For years, scientists have been trying to teach computers how to see like humans, and recent research has seemed to show computers making progress in recognizing visual objects. A new MIT study, however, cautions that this apparent success may be misleading because the tests being used are inadvertently stacked in…

Reddy Receives IEEE’s James L. Flanagan Award For Contributions in Speech and Audio Processing
02/18/08 — Raj Reddy, Carnegie Mellon University’s Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, has been awarded the IEEE’s James L. Flanagan Speech and Audio Processing Award “for leadership and pioneering contributions to speech recognition, natural language understanding, and machine intelligence.” The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)…

University Alliance To Increase Robotics Research at Historically Black Colleges an Universities
01/21/08 — Carnegie Mellon University and six other research universities have joined forces with eight historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in a collaborative project to promote robotics and computer science education for African-American students. The Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance grew out of a previous collaboration between Andrew…

Energid Technologies Licenses Actin Robotics Software to Kumaraguru College of Technology
01/14/08 — Energid Technologies has licensed its Actin(TM) toolkit to the Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) in Coimbatore, India. Actin is world-class software for controlling and simulating complex robotic mechanisms with up to 100 or more independent moving parts. It will be used at KCT by both faculty researchers and students. The…

Robotics Lab Helps TIRR Stroke Patients With Recovery
12/28/07 — Robotics engineers at Rice University are teaming with doctors from Memorial Hermann|TIRR to develop a PC-based system for physical rehabilitation. “It can take months of physical therapy for stroke patients to regain the use of their limbs,” said system architect Marcia O’Malley, director of Rice’s Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Laboratory…

Robotic Ankle Research Gets Off on the Right Foot
12/06/07 — An Army veteran who lost part of his leg in Iraq walked with more spring in his step Monday as he unveiled the world’s first robotic ankle—an important advance for lower-limb amputees that was developed by a team at MIT. Garth Stewart, 24, who lost his left leg below the…

Thoughts, Not Arms and Hands, Can Operate Machines
11/21/07 — Neuroscientists have significantly advanced brain-machine interface (BMI) technology to the point where severely handicapped people who cannot contract even one leg or arm muscle now can independently compose and send e-mails and operate a TV in their homes. They are using only their thoughts to execute these actions. Thanks to…

Rocket-powered Mechanical Arm Could Revolutionize Prosthetics
11/21/07 — Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: The result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm. A prototype of this radical design has been successfully developed and tested by a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt University as part of a…

Carnegie Mellon System Allows Any Digital Camera To Produce Interactive, Multibillion-Pixel Panorama
11/14/07 — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center, have built a low-cost robotic device that enables any digital camera to produce breathtaking gigapixel (billions of pixels) panoramas, called GigaPans. The technology gives people a new way to make and share images of their environment.…




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