25 women in robotics you need to know about – 2018

From driving rovers on Mars to improving farm automation for Indian women, once again we’re bringing you a list of 25 amazing women in robotics! These women cover all aspects of the robotics industry, both research, product and policy. They are founders and leaders, they…

A fleet of miniature cars for experiments in cooperative driving

The deployment of connected, automated, and autonomous vehicles presents us with transformational opportunities for road transport. These opportunities reach beyond single-vehicle automation: by enabling groups of vehicles to jointly agree on maneuvers and navigation strategies, real-time coordination promises to improve overall traffic throughput, road capacity,…

New York: The gateway to industry 4.0

As Hurricane Florence raged across the coastline of Northern Carolina, 600 miles north the 174th Attack Wing Nation Guard base in Syracuse, New York was on full alert. Governor Cuomo just hung up with Defence Secretary Mattis to ready the airbase’s MQ-9’s drone force to…

Rethink Robotics closes its doors

Baxter Robot from Rethink Robotics – Source: YouTube Rethink Robotics shut down this week, closing the chapter on a remarkable journey making collaborative robots a reality. This will come as a surprise and with sadness to the robotics community. I fondly remember interviewing Rodney Brooks,…

Model helps robots navigate more like humans do

MIT researchers have devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do. By Rob Matheson When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior…

#270: A Mathematical Approach To Robot Ethics, with Robert Williamson

Image from adarit.com/   In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Robert Williamson, a Professor at the Australian National University, who speaks about a mathematical approach to ethics. This approach can get us started implementing robots that behave ethically. Williamson goes through his logical derivation of a…

#IROS2018 live coverage

The 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (#IROS2018) will be held for the first time in Spain in the lively capital city of Madrid from 1 to 5 October. This year’s motto is “Towards a Robotic Society”. Check here over the week…

The impact of AI on work: implications for individuals, communities, and societies

By Jessica Montgomery, Senior Policy Adviser Advances in AI technologies are contributing to new products and services across industries – from robotic surgery to debt collection – and offer many potential benefits for economies, societies, and individuals. With this potential, come questions about the impact…

Jillian Ogle is the first ‘Roboticist in Residence’ at Co-Lab

Currently also featured on the cover of MAKE magazine, Jillian Ogle is a robot builder, game designer and the founder of Let’s Robot a live streaming interactive robotics community, where users can control real robots via chatroom commands, or put their on own robots online. Some…

DelFly Nimble mimics the high-speed escape of fruit flies

DelFly Nimble in forward flight. Credits: TU Delft Bio-inspired flapping wing robots hold a great potential. The promise is that they can fly very efficiently even at smaller scales, while being able to fly fast, hover, and make quick maneuvers. We now present a new…