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Insects Inspire Robotics Research
09/02/06 — Dr. Hong Zhang, a professor in the Department of Computing Science, was awarded a 2006 NSERC Discovery grant for his work on collective robotics. The grant of $39,000 per year for five years will fund Dr. Zhang and his team of graduate students’ work on Multi Robot Systems (MRS). The…

Bryn Mawr CS Program Chosen to Co-Host Microsoft Robotics Institute With Georgia Tech
07/17/06 — Women are a tough crowd for computer science – difficult to attract to the discipline, difficult to retain once enrolled. But Bryn Mawr’s Computer Science Program has a remarkable record of success using innovative teaching approaches to welcome women into the digital fold. That record, combined with an award-winning instructional-robotics…

Solitons Could Power Molecular Electronics, Artificial Muscles
07/09/06 — Since the 1980s, scientists have known that solitons can carry an electrical charge when traveling through certain organic polymers. A new study now suggests that solitons have intricate internal structures. Scientists may one day use this information to put the particles to work in molecular electronics and artificial muscles, said…

U. T. Dallas Nanotechnologists Demonstrate Artificial Muscles Powered by Highly Energetic Fuels
03/20/06 — University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) nanotechnologists have made alcohol- and hydrogen-powered artificial muscles that are 100 times stronger than natural muscles, able to do 100 times greater work per cycle and produce, at reduced strengths, larger contractions than natural muscles. Among other possibilities, these muscles could enable fuel-powered artificial…

MIT Appoints Frank Moss as Media Lab Director
02/19/06 — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced the appointment of Dr. Frank Moss as director of the Media Lab, a pioneering research center that has redefined life in the digital age. The appointment is effective February 1, 2006. A seasoned entrepreneur and technology executive, Moss has spent the last 25…

Sandia Researchers Seek Ways to Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Work Longer, Safer
02/02/06 — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As part of the Department of Energy-funded FreedomCAR program, Sandia National Laboratories’ Power Sources Technology Group is researching ways to make lithium-ion batteries work longer and safer. The research could lead to these batteries being used in new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) in the next five to…

Engineers Create Mathematical Method to Design Better Robots, Structures
01/20/06 — Civil engineers design structures such as buildings and bridges using mathematical formulas, or theorems, that deal with the science of statics. Mechanical engineers designing robots, machinery and mechanisms use their own set of theorems dealing with kinematics, or the science of motion. Now, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University and…

A Team Of Robots Could Win The World Cup
12/19/05 — After recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology, robots are almost ready to serve us in the home, hospital, office and everywhere. These robots are mobile, autonomous and intelligent. They will play an important role in our daily life. But is the public ready for such robot invasion? One…

MIT Closes in on Bionic Speed
12/15/05 — Robots, both large and micro, can potentially go wherever it’s too hot, cold, dangerous, small or remote for people to perform any number of important tasks, from repairing leaking water mains to stitching blood vessels together. Now MIT researchers, led by Professor Sidney Yip, have proposed a new theory that…

Oshkosh Truck and Rockwell Collins Announce Team Terramax
06/17/05 — Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE: OSK) and its partner, Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL), acknowledges its sponsors for Team TerraMax™, the second-generation, self-navigating robotic vehicle targeted to compete in the Pentagon-sponsored $2 million 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge on Oct. 8. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began sponsoring this 175-mile race…

Team Jefferson Selected for Desert Robot Race
06/16/05 — Team Jefferson was one of 40 teams selected to compete in the National Qualification Event to be held at the California Speedway in Fontana on September 27. Half the teams will advance to compete in the final race, which will be held October 8. The race, which takes robotic vehicles…

Carnegie Mellon’s Sandstorm Robot to Run Time Trials To Prove It Can Compete in Desert Race
05/16/05 — PITTSBURGH-On May 10, Carnegie Mellon University’s Sandstorm robot will demonstrate that it has the skills to compete in the 2005 Grand Challenge, a no-holds-barred, driverless race across 175 miles of hostile desert terrain, for a $2-million prize. Sandstorm, which went furthest and fastest in the first Grand Challenge, held in…

Move over, Mars Rover
12/09/04 — There are no textbooks in Chris Van Wolbeck’s class, no lectures, no sitting at desks. It’s all funny-looking protective goggles, computers, gears and lots of intellectual calisthenics. Every day for one hour, 20 San Ramon Valley High School students attend his robotics class and learn what it takes to create…




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