Live coverage of #ICRA2019
The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is being held this week in Montreal, Canada. It’s one of the top venues for roboticists and attracts over 4000 conference goers.

  Date: May 21, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Are ethics keeping pace with technology?
Returning from vacation, my inbox overflowed with emails announcing robot “firsts.” At the same time, my relaxed post-vacation disposition was quickly rocked by the news of the day and recent discussions regarding the extent of AI bias within New York’s financial system. These unrelated incidents are very much connected in representing the paradox of the acceleration of today’s inventions.

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Robots that learn to adapt
Humans have the ability to seamlessly adapt to changes in their environments: adults can learn to walk on crutches in just a few seconds, people can adapt almost instantaneously to picking up an object that is unexpectedly heavy, and children who can walk on flat ground can quickly adapt their gait to walk uphill without having to relearn how to walk. This adaptation is critical for functioning in the real world.

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How to tell whether machine-learning systems are robust enough for the real world
MIT researchers have devised a method for assessing how robust machine-learning models known as neural networks are for various tasks, by detecting when the models make mistakes they shouldn’t.

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Laying the ground for robotic strategies in environmental protection
By Benjamin Boettner Along developed riverbanks, physical barriers can help contain flooding and combat erosion. In arid regions, check dams can help retain soil after rainfall and restore damaged landscapes. In construction projects, metal plates can provide support for excavations, retaining walls on slopes, or permanent foundations. All of these applications can be addressed with the use of sheet piles, elements folded from flat material and driven vertically into the ground to form walls and stabilize soil.

  Date: April 28, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Nanoparticles take a fantastic, magnetic voyage
MIT engineers have designed tiny robots that can help drug-delivery nanoparticles push their way out of the bloodstream and into a tumor or another disease site. Like crafts in “Fantastic Voyage” — a 1960s science fiction film in which a submarine crew shrinks in size and roams a body to repair damaged cells — the robots swim through the bloodstream, creating a current that drags nanoparticles along with them.

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Bucharest was the European capital of robotics for #ERF2019
European Robotics Forum, the most influential meeting of the robotics and AI community, held its 10th anniversary edition in Romania. The event was organized Under the High Patronage of the President of Romania and Under the Patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Robotic arms and temporary motorisation – the next generation of wheelchairs
Next-generation wheelchairs could incorporate brain-controlled robotic arms and rentable add-on motors in order to help people with disabilities more easily carry out daily tasks or get around a city.

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Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation
A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a learning-based particle simulator, could give industrial robots a more refined touch — and it may have fun applications in personal robotics, such as modelling clay shapes or rolling sticky rice for sushi.

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Robots that can sort recycling
Every year trash companies sift through an estimated 68 million tons of recycling, which is the weight equivalent of more than 30 million cars.

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Robots that learn to use improvised tools
In many animals, tool-use skills emerge from a combination of observational learning and experimentation. For example, by watching one another, chimpanzees can learn how to use twigs to “fish” for insects. Similarly, capuchin monkeys demonstrate the ability to wield sticks as sweeping tools to pull food closer to themselves. While one might wonder whether these are just illustrations of “monkey see, monkey do,” we believe these tool-use abilities indicate a greater level of intelligence.

  Date: April 21, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
A ‘cookbook’ for vehicle manufacturers: Getting automated parts to talk to each other
Automated, networked truck convoys could save fuel and cut down on driving time. Image credit – MAN Truck & Busby Sandrine Ceurstemont Semi-autonomous cars are expected to hit the roads in Europe next year with truck convoys following a few years later. But before different brands can share the roads, vehicle manufacturers need to agree on standards for automated functions.

  Date: April 7, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Teaching machines to reason about what they see
A child who has never seen a pink elephant can still describe one — unlike a computer. “The computer learns from data,” says Jiajun Wu, a PhD student at MIT. “The ability to generalize and recognize something you’ve never seen before — a pink elephant — is very hard for machines.”

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ProMat preview: Its time to cut the cord
Last week’s breaking news story on The Robot Report was unfortunately the demise of Helen Greiner’s company, CyPhy Works (d/b/a Aria Insights). The high-flying startup raised close to $40 million since its creation in 2008, making it the second business founded by an iRobot alum that has shuttered within five months. While it is not immediately clear why the tethered-drone company went bust, it does raise important questions about the long-term market opportunities for leashed robots.

  Date: April 7, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
Manipulation by feel
Our goal is to provide a framework for learning how to perform tactile servoing, which means precisely relocating an object based on tactile information. To provide our robot with tactile feedback, we utilize a custom-built tactile sensor, based on similar principles as the GelSight sensor developed at MIT. The sensor is composed of a deformable, elastomer-based gel, backlit by three colored LEDs, and provides high-resolution RGB images of contact at the gel surface. Compared to other sensors, this tactile sensor sensor naturally provides geometric information in the form of rich visual information from which attributes such as force can be inferred. Previous work using similar sensors has leveraged the this kind of tactile sensor on tasks such as learning how to grasp, improving success rates when grasping a variety of objects.

  Date: April 5, 2019     Powered by Robohub Read more..
  NVIDIA Brings Robot Simulation Closer to Reality by Making Humans Redundant 20 May

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  Video Friday: Watch This Monstrous Robot Tank Bulldoze Its Way Through Obstacles 17 May

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  Robonaut and Astrobee Will Work Together on Space Station 15 May

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  Tornadoes and Frisky Birds Couldn’t Stop These Delivery Drones 14 May

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  360 Video: Zoom Over Zanzibar With Tanzania’s Drone Startups 9 May

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  360 Video: Go on a Mission With Zipline’s Delivery Drones 6 May

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  Octopus-Inspired Camouflage for Soft Robotics 18 Oct 2017

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  This Mind-Bending Actuator Could Make Robots Safer and More Energy Efficient 14 Oct 2017

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  Kuri Robot Brings Autonomous Video to a Home Near You 1 Aug 2017

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  Robots Learn to Speak Body Language 22 Jul 2017

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  Hearables Will Monitor Your Brain and Body to Augment Your Life 1 May

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  How IBM Watson Overpromised and Underdelivered on AI Health Care 2 Apr

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  A Smart Stethoscope Puts AI in Medics’ Ears 31 Jan

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  Startup Says Direct-Drive Motors Are the Future of Robot Actuators 4 Jan

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  Industrial Workers Will Soon Don Exoskeletons and Achieve Super Strength 2 Jan

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  How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots 18 Oct 2018

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  Event Camera Helps Drone Dodge Thrown Objects 13 May

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  Video Friday: This Drone Is a Flying Tray for Your Smart Home 10 May

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  Tech Expedition: East Africa’s Big Bet on Drones 9 May

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  This Robot Hummingbird Is Almost as Agile as the Real Thing 7 May

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  Machine Learning Predicts Kids at Risk of Not Getting Vaccinated 7 May

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  IEEE Spectrum Introduces Drones and 360 Video to Its Reporting 6 May

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  These Robotic Objects Are Designed to Be Stabbed and Beaten to Help You Feel Better 6 May

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  Video Friday: Watch This 'RoboCop' Make a Traffic Stop 3 May

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  Anki, Jibo, and Kuri: What We Can Learn from Social Robots That Didn't Make It 1 May

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  With “Leapfrog” Technologies, Africa Aims to Skip the Present and Go Straight to the Future 30 Apr

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  In the Air With Zipline’s Medical Delivery Drones
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  Consumer Robotics Company Anki Abruptly Shuts Down 29 Apr

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  Is There a Future for Laundry-Folding Robots? 29 Apr

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  Floating Cell Towers Are the Next Step for 5G 26 Apr

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  Video Friday: Startup Wants to Build New Massive Solar-Powered Drone 26 Apr

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  NASA's Robonaut to Return to Space Station With Legs Attached 25 Apr

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  Zipline Expands Medical Drone-Delivery Service to Ghana 24 Apr

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