Research & Innovation

Final days to register for $1m UAE competition

18 November, 2015 No Comments

The first UAE Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Awards for Good aim to encourage research and development to meet challenges in the health, education and social services sectors. But less than two weeks remain to enter the contest, where individuals, teams, universities and companies from around

Bioinspired robotics #1: Swarm collectives, with Radhika Nagpal

18 November, 2015 No Comments

In the Disruptive Podcast series, Terrence McNally speaks directly with Wyss Institute researchers, exploring what motivates them and how they envision our future as might be impacted by their disruptive technologies. In part 1 of the Disruptive: Bioinspired Robotics podcast episode, Wyss Founding Core Faculty

Short video: In situ Fabricator a “game-changer” in construction methods

18 November, 2015 No Comments

This past September, the NCCR Digital Fabrication welcomed Jim Drury from Reuters TV. In this 2 minute video on the autonomous construction robot, the “In situ Fabricator” (IF). Drury captures relevant questions regarding this “game-changer in construction”. See also: In-situ Fabricator: An

Four influential technologies with roots in robotics

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Robotics research has such strong links with several other research fields that, without it, the modern world might not have some of its most promising consumer technologies. Robotics is truly an interdisciplinary research field. It draws lessons from other research fields, while also contributing new

Four-legged robot that efficiently handles challenging terrain

18 November, 2015 No Comments

StarlETH is a multi-purpose legged transporter robot developed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab. Combining versatility, speed, robustness, and efficiency, StarlETH walks, climbs, and runs over varied terrain. Precisely controlled elastic actuators allow for temporary energy storage – in fact this robotic

Self-flying drone dips, darts and dives through trees at 30 mph: Video demo

18 November, 2015 No Comments

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL A researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously dip, dart and dive through a tree-filled field at upwards of 30 miles per hour. “Everyone is building drones these

Emotionally literate tech to help treat autism

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Few could deny the power of computer games and avatars to entertain us and perhaps even educate us. But now researchers are turning to internet and robotic technologies to develop new ways of helping children with autism interact with the world around them. It’s thanks

Bioinspired robotics #2: Materials, manufacturing & design, with Robert Wood

18 November, 2015 No Comments

In the Disruptive Podcast series, Terrence McNally speaks directly with Wyss Institute researchers, exploring what motivates them and how they envision our future as might be impacted by their disruptive technologies. In part 2 of the Disruptive: Bioinspired Robotics episode, Wyss Founding Core Faculty Member

Robots in Depth: Andra Keay on opportunities and challenges for startups

18 November, 2015 No Comments

Robots in Depth is a new video series featuring interviews with researchers, entrepreneurs, VC investors, and policy makers in robotics, hosted by Per Sjöborg. In this interview, Andra Keay, director of Silicon Valley Robotics, talks about opportunities and challenges for robotics startups and how developments in the agricultural

A new versatile gripper with electroadhesion

18 November, 2015 No Comments

From early childhood, when a person picks up an object using their hands they use haptic feedback to automatically adjust the force of their grip according to the object they are lifting. A completely different grip is required when holding a soft piece of fruit

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