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Microtechnics - Computer Science - 04.10.2023
Finger-shaped sensor enables more dexterous robots
Finger-shaped sensor enables more dexterous robots
MIT engineers develop a long, curved touch sensor that could enable a robot to grasp and manipulate objects in multiple ways. Imagine grasping a heavy object, like a pipe wrench, with one hand. You would likely grab the wrench using your entire fingers, not just your fingertips. Sensory receptors in your skin, which run along the entire length of each finger, would send information to your brain about the tool you are grasping.

Microtechnics - Environment - 18.09.2023
Mechanical engineering with a twist: Pursuing a passion for robotics with customized major
Sharmi Shah '23 pursued Course 2-A/6, a customizable degree path that combines mechanical engineering with computer science and electrical engineering.

Electroengineering - Microtechnics - 11.09.2023
Internships fabricate a microelectronics future
Lincoln Laboratory hosts students enrolled in the Massachusetts Microelectronics Internship Program, aimed at training a new generation of microelectronics leaders.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 24.08.2023
AI helps robots manipulate objects with their whole bodies
AI helps robots manipulate objects with their whole bodies
With a new technique, a robot can reason efficiently about moving objects using more than just its fingertips. Imagine you want to carry a large, heavy box up a flight of stairs. You might spread your fingers out and lift that box with both hands, then hold it on top of your forearms and balance it against your chest, using your whole body to manipulate the box.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 08.08.2023
Parenting a 3-Year-Old Robot
Humans are social creatures and learn from each other, even from a young age. Infants keenly observe their parents, siblings or caregivers. They watch, imitate and replay what they see to learn skills and behaviors. The way babies learn and explore their surroundings inspired researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Meta AI to develop a new way to teach robots how to simultaneously learn multiple skills and leverage them to tackle unseen, everyday tasks.

Microtechnics - Life Sciences - 20.07.2023
AI, Automation Aid Science Exploration
During the COVID-19 pandemic, robots helped Carnegie Mellon University students in the Computational Biology Department complete lab assignments.

Microtechnics - 10.07.2023
3 Questions: Honing robot perception and mapping
Luca Carlone and Jonathan How of MIT LIDS discuss how future robots might perceive and interact with their environment.

Microtechnics - 09.06.2023
Autonomous Robot To Stave Off Spotted Lanternflies
A team from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute (RI) has developed an autonomous robot to control the spread of spotted lanternflies, invasive insects known to destroy economically important crops.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 31.05.2023
A more effective way to train machines for uncertain, real-world situations
A more effective way to train machines for uncertain, real-world situations
Researchers develop an algorithm that decides when a "student" machine should follow its teacher, and when it should learn on its own.

Microtechnics - 26.05.2023
Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel and React to Human Touch
The same qualities that make a knitted sweater comfortable and easy to wear might allow robots to better interact with humans.

Microtechnics - Astronomy / Space Science - 26.05.2023
The Monash Uni Pink Rover flies the Aussie flag at the Grand Prix of robotics competitions
A Pink Rover is this year's Monash University Nova Rover team entry into the 2023 University Rover Challenge from 31 May - 3 June at the Mars Desert Research Station, Hanksville, Utah, USA.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 24.05.2023
Helping robots handle fluids
Researchers create new simulation tool for robots to manipulate complex fluids in a step toward helping robots more effortlessly assist with daily tasks.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 08.05.2023
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Design Four-Legged Robotic System That Can Walk a Balance Beam
Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have designed a system that makes an off-the-shelf quadruped robot nimble enough to walk a narrow balance beam - a feat that is likely the first of its kind. "This experiment was huge," said Zachary Manchester , an assistant professor in the Robotics Institute (RI) and head of the Robotic Exploration Lab.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 05.05.2023
Robotics Project Releases Toolkit, Digital Robotics Archive
The  Carnegie Mellon University Archives  has joined forces with a cross-campus team of faculty and subject matter experts to release research on the collection, preservation and presentation of robot artifacts and history. The Robotics Project 's  Digital Robotics Archive , one of the first in the field, and  Multimodal Archives Toolkit  kickstart the conversation about stewarding this complex, growing discipline for generations of researchers, historians and enthusiasts to come.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 03.05.2023
Multi-university Team Building Actuators for Next Generation Sustainable Bio-bots
Animals have long served as inspiration for robotics. However, many of the mechanical properties, physical capabilities and the behavioral flexibility seen in animals have yet to be achieved in robotic platforms.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 02.05.2023
Open-source platform simulates wildlife for soft robotics designers
SoftZoo is a soft robot co-design platform that can test optimal shapes and sizes for robotic performance in different environments.

Microtechnics - 27.04.2023
Speedy robo-gripper reflexively organizes cluttered spaces
Speedy robo-gripper reflexively organizes cluttered spaces
Rather than start from scratch after a failed attempt, the pick-and-place robot adapts in the moment to get a better hold.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 03.04.2023
A four-legged robotic system for playing soccer on various terrains
"DribbleBot" can maneuver a soccer ball on landscapes such as sand, gravel, mud, and snow, using reinforcement learning to adapt to varying ball dynamics.

Microtechnics - Environment - 29.03.2023
New algorithm keeps drones from colliding in midair
New algorithm keeps drones from colliding in midair
Researchers create a trajectory-planning system that enables drones working together in the same airspace to always choose a safe path forward.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 24.03.2023

Innovation - Microtechnics - 20.03.2023
Groundbreaking project at Taubman College involving novel 3D concrete printing method
A transformative development in 3D concrete printing promises innovation in the construction industry-with better and more environmentally friendly structures coming at a lower cost, say researchers at the University of Michigan. Architect Mania Aghaei Meibodi and researchers Alireza Bayramvand and Yuxin Lin of the DART lab at U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, have developed a method for creating ultra-lightweight, waste-free concrete.

Microtechnics - Campus - 17.03.2023
CMU Mechanical Engineering Student Works on Tiny Bio Robots
Lameck Beni wants to create things that can help people.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 17.03.2023
3 Questions: How automation and good jobs can co-exist
3 Questions: How automation and good jobs can co-exist
Work of the Future Initiative co-directors Julie Shah and Ben Armstrong describe their vision of "positive-sum automation.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 13.03.2023
New 'traffic cop' algorithm helps a drone swarm stay on task
New ’traffic cop’ algorithm helps a drone swarm stay on task
By keeping data fresh, the system could help robots inspect buildings or search disaster zones. Close How fresh are your data? For drones searching a disaster zone or robots inspecting a building, working with the freshest data is key to locating a survivor or reporting a potential hazard. But when multiple robots simultaneously relay time-sensitive information over a wireless network, a traffic jam of data can ensue.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 10.03.2023
ARTEMIS - UCLA’s most advanced humanoid robot - gets ready for action
Science + Technology 5-time RoboCup champ set to return to international competition in July Mechanical engineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have developed a full-sized humanoid robot with first-of-its-kind technology.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 07.02.2023
Carnegie Mellon’s AI-Powered FRIDA Robot Collaborates with Humans To Create Art
Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute has a new artist-in-residence. FRIDA, a robotic arm with a paintbrush taped to it, uses artificial intelligence to collaborate with humans on works of art.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 27.01.2023
CMU Pairs with Penguins on Autonomous Zamboni Machine
"It is a good example of how human-guided autonomous driving technology can be used in nonroadway domains." - John Dolan Robots in Carnegie Mellon University's Newell-Simon Hall can explore the moon, slither across the ground, crawl down pipes and drive autonomously through deserts and cities. With its latest inhabitant, CMU researchers are putting autonomy to work on ice.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 07.12.2022
An automated way to assemble thousands of objects
A new algorithm for automatic assembly of products is accurate, efficient, and generalizable to a wide range of complex real-world assemblies.

Microtechnics - 07.12.2022
Anticipating a Partner’s Moves
Imagine an industrial robot strong enough to lift an engine block and perceptive enough to safely reposition and rotate that hunk of metal while a human attaches it to the vehicle or bolts on additional parts. Manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company have eyed this potential use of robotics as a way to add flexibility to assembly lines and reduce the need for expensive reconfigurations.

Microtechnics - Mechanical Engineering - 28.11.2022
Channeling creativity through art and engineering
Recent mechanical engineering alumna Emily Satterfield '22 pursues passions that might seem unrelated but "actually go hand-in-hand.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 22.11.2022
Flocks of assembler robots show potential for making larger structures
Flocks of assembler robots show potential for making larger structures
Researchers make progress toward groups of robots that could build almost anything, including buildings, vehicles, and even bigger robots. Researchers at MIT have made significant steps toward creating robots that could practically and economically assemble nearly anything, including things much larger than themselves, from vehicles to buildings to larger robots.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 17.11.2022
Robots that Can Feel Cloth Layers May One Day Help with Laundry
New research from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute (RI) can help robots feel layers of cloth rather than relying on computer vision tools to only see it. The work could allow robots to assist people with household tasks like folding laundry. Humans use their senses of sight and touch to grab a glass or pick up a piece of cloth.

Microtechnics - Environment - 12.10.2022
With morphing limbs, a robot that travels by land and water
Imagine being able to morph your legs into flippers before you jump in the water. Yale researchers have created a robot that accomplishes this feat through a process they dubbed -adaptive morphogenesis. The project is described in the Oct. 12 edition of Nature and is featured on the issue's cover. The robot, ART (Amphibious Robotic Turtle), takes inspiration from water and land turtles, a group whose fossil record spans over 110 million years.

Life Sciences - Microtechnics - 02.10.2022
Wiggling toward bio-inspired machine intelligence
Inspired by jellyfish and octopuses, PhD candidate Juncal Arbelaiz investigates the theoretical underpinnings that will enable systems to more efficiently adapt to their environments.

Microtechnics - 30.09.2022
Carnegie Mellon and Rochester Push Limits of Off-Road Autonomy in DARPA’s RACER Program
Without hands guiding its steering wheel or feet depressing its pedals, an autonomous all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ripped through the high grass across a field, bouncing over rocks and ruts, skirting trees and ditches, and avoiding lakes and steep hillsides.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 22.09.2022
Soft robots that grip with the right amount of force
Researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force. Tool use has long been a hallmark of human intelligence, as well as a practical problem to solve for a vast array of robotic applications. But machines are still wonky at exerting just the right amount of force to control tools that aren't rigidly attached to their hands.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 14.09.2022
Global Energy Leaders View Innovation at Mill 19
Energy leaders from around the world attending the inaugural Global Clean Energy Action Forum will see firsthand our region's transformation into a hub of innovation and sustainability.

Microtechnics - 10.08.2022
Escaping Afghanistan, Judge Basira Qazizada finds an oasis in Berkeley
Listen to  Berkeley Talks episode #148: Learning from nature to design better robots. [Music:  "Silver Lanyard" by Blue Dot Sessions ] Intro:  This is  Berkeley Talks , a   podcast from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs that features lectures and conversations at UC Berkeley.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 22.07.2022
Robots Learn Household Tasks by Watching Humans
Novel method developed by CMU researchers allows robots to learn in the wild The robot watched as Shikhar Bahl opened the refrigerator door. It recorded his movements, the swing of the door, the location of the refrigerator and more, analyzing this data and readying itself to mimic what Bahl had done.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 07.06.2022

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 25.05.2022
Robots Can Learn To Safely Navigate Warehouses
Robots have been working in factories for many years. But given the related safety concerns to the tasks they perform, most operate inside cages or behind safety glass to limit or prevent interaction with humans. In warehouse operations, where goods are continuously sorted and moved, robots can be neither caged nor stationary.

Microtechnics - Social Sciences - 08.03.2022

Microtechnics - Mechanical Engineering - 17.02.2022
Engineering Students to Compete in International Maritime Robot Competition
For the past three months, a team of engineering students at UC San Diego has been adding cameras, LiDAR systems, a hydrophone, and even a drone to a 16-foot seagoing vessel.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 08.12.2021
NREC at 25: 25 Technologies That Changed the World
Experts at Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center have been pushing the field of robotics for more than 25 years. NREC partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop "ARMOR 1 ," the largest yet of NREC's robots. The robot automates the assembly and placement of large mats along the Mississippi River to prevent erosion and stabilize the vital commercial waterway.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 19.11.2021
Sense of Touch
Carnegie Mellon University Picking up a blueberry or grape without squishing it isn't hard, but try teaching it to a robot.
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