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Carnegie Mellon Develops Mobile Robot That Balances and Moves on a Ball Instead of Wheels
08/09/07 — It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person. Because of its long, thin shape and ability to maneuver in tight spaces, it has the potential to function better than current robots can in environments with people. Ballbot’s creator, Robotics Research Professor Ralph Hollis, says…

Carnegie Mellon Develops Curriculum for LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot-Building Set
08/08/07 — Educators at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Academy say robotics could become an even more powerful teaching tool with curriculum they developed for the new version of LEGO Education’s popular MINDSTORMS robot-building set. The co-branded LEGO Education/Carnegie Mellon curriculum takes advantage of upgraded software and hardware, such as simplified programming and…

Brain on Chip
07/12/07 — For the first time, scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich coupled living brain tissue to a chip equivalent to the chips that run computers. The researchers under Peter Fromherz have reported this news in the online edition of the Journal of Neurophysiology (May 10, 2006).…

I Robot, Your Companion
07/09/07 — The concept of a cognitive robotic companion inspires some of the best science fiction but one day may be science fact following the work of the four-year COGNIRON project funded since January 2004 by the IST’s Future and Emerging Technologies initiative. But what could a cognitive robot companion do? “Well,…

Oshkosh Truck Awarded Roster Spot at DARPA Grand Challenge’s National Qualifying Event
06/06/07 — Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK], along with partners Rockwell Collins [NYSE: COL] and the University of Parma, Italy, announced today that its TerraMax™ robotic vehicle is among a select group invited to participate in the 2005 National Qualifying Event (NQE) for the DARPA Grand Challenge, a 175-mile, off-road race in…

Robotic Whiskers Can Sense Three-Dimensional Environment
02/19/07 — Many mammals use their whiskers to explore their environment and to construct a three-dimensional image of their world. Rodents, for example, use their whiskers to determine the size, shape and texture of objects, and seals use their whiskers to track the fluid wakes of their prey. Two Northwestern University engineers…

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Uses PTC Pro/ENGINEER® To Create Lego® Mindstorms® Robots For Us
01/31/07 — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company®, announced today that teachers working with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Academy used Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition to construct Lego NXT robots as part of the Robotics Academy’s international outreach. The Robotics Academy’s mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students…

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Uses PTC Pro/ENGINEER® To Create Lego® Mindstorms Robots For Students
01/23/07 — PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company®, announced that teachers working with Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotic Academy used Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition to construct Lego NXT robots as part of the Robotics Academy’s international outreach. The Robotics Academy’s mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about…

iRobot Unveils Programmable Robot
01/19/07 — iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) has unveiled iRobot(R) Create(TM), an affordable, programmable robot designed for aspiring roboticists, advanced high-school and college students, and serious robot developers. Create comes pre-assembled, so developers can design new robots without having to build a mobile robot from scratch. The latest robot is available at http://www.irobot.com and…

Computer Scientists Unravel ‘Language of Surgery’
12/17/06 — Borrowing ideas from speech recognition research, Johns Hopkins computer scientists are building mathematical models to represent the safest and most effective ways to perform surgery, including tasks such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue. The team’s long-term goal is to develop an objective way of evaluating a surgeon’s work and…

Cyberkinetics Honors Stephen Heywood, the First ALS Participant in BrainGate Clinical Trial
12/03/06 — Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:CYKN; Cyberkinetics) issued a statement to honor Stephen Heywood, the first participant with advanced ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) to participate in the Cyberkinetics’ BrainGate Neural Interface System (BrainGate) clinical trial. Stephen, 37, died Sunday, November 26, 2006, as the result of respiratory…

Florida Tech Professor Receives Grant for Sensing Technology and Robotics
11/27/06 — Dr. Charles Bostater, Florida Tech associate professor of physical oceanography and environmental sciences, has received a $423,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The grant, for remote sensing and robotic studies, is from the department’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and was earned in a competitive, peer-reviewed…

Song Wins NSF CAREER Award for Teleoperated Robotics Research
11/27/06 — Dr. Dezhen Song, assistant professor in Texas A&M University’s Department of Computer Science, director of the NetBot Laboratory and researcher in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station’s Computer Science disciplinary research division, has received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his research into teleoperated robots.…

Robot Discovers Itself and Adapts to Injury
11/27/06 — Cornell researchers have built a robot that works out its own model of itself and can revise the model to adapt to injury. First, it teaches itself to walk. Then, when damaged, it teaches itself to limp. Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... The…

Researchers Teach Computers How to Name Images by ‘Thinking’
11/20/06 — Penn State researchers have “taught” computers how to interpret images using a vocabulary of up to 330 English words, so that a computer can describe a photograph of two polo players, for instance, as “sport,” “people,” “horse,” “polo.” The new system, which can automatically annotate entire online collections of photographs…

Robotic Boat Geared to Simplify Life for Scientists
11/20/06 — Though it looks like a miniature yellow catamaran, a craft designed by professors and students at Rowan University is not your father’s toy boat. Indeed, the wooden boat actually is a robotic flotation device and research tool called Interactive Mobile Aqua Probing & Surveillance or IMAPS. Faculty and students in…

Microchip Technology Unveils Latest Evolution of General-Purpose, Small PIC Microcontrollers
11/20/06 — Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced a new four-member family of 28- and 40/44-pin PIC® microcontrollers for use in a wide range of applications. The PIC16F88X family maintains compatibility with the PIC16F87XA family for easy migration, while providing a host of new features designed…

Carnegie Mellon Professors Principal Investigators for Sensor Topology & Minimal Planning Project
11/05/06 — Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute Director Matt Mason and Mike Erdmann, professor of computer science and robotics, are principal investigators for the Sensor Topology & Minimal Planning (SToMP) project, an $8 million multi-year study sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The goal of SToMP is to reduce the…




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