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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…

Popular Science Magazine Joins RoboDevelopment Conference & Expo
09/19/06 — Robotics Trends and IDG World Expo announced that Popular Science magazine has been named the Premier Media Sponsor of the RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition. The RoboDevelopment Conference and Exposition (http://www.robodevelopment.com) will be held December 12-13, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara California. “I am delighted that Popular…

Kayaks Adapted to Test Marine Robotics
09/03/06 — Working in labs that resemble machine shops, these engineers are taking small steps toward the holy grail of robotics—cooperative autonomy—making machines work together seamlessly to complete tasks with a minimum of human direction. The tool they’re using is the simple kayak. robotThe researchers are taking off-the-shelf, $500 plastic kayaks and…

Aerobot UAV developer Moller International Finds Ethanol Perfect Fuel For Use in its Rotary Engines
09/03/06 — Moller International, Inc. (OTCBB:MLER), the developer of the Skycar(R) aircraft, the Rotapower(R) line of rotary engines and the Aerobot(R) line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), today announced it has found that ethanol fuel is an excellent fuel for most applications using its Rotapower(R) engines. The Rotapower(R) engine was originally developed…

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…




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