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…

Autonomous killer drone begins patrolling the Great Barrier Reef

… Killer Drones. In 2015, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) unveiled the technology known as the … that idea. The yellow underwater drone looks kind of like a … : CNET dives deep into how tech can help save Australia… VISIT THE SOURCE…

Autonomous killer drone begins patrolling the Great Barrier Reef

… Killer Drones. In 2015, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) unveiled the technology known as the … that idea. The yellow underwater drone looks kind of like a … : CNET dives deep into how tech can help save Australia… VISIT THE SOURCE…

Helping computers perceive human emotions

MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a machine-learning model that takes computers a step closer to interpreting our emotions as naturally as humans do. The model better captures subtle facial expression variations to better gauge moods. By using extra training data, the model can also…

Fleet of autonomous boats could service some cities, reducing road traffic

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Lab have designed a fleet of autonomous boats that offer high maneuverability and precise control.Courtesy of the researchers By Rob Matheson The future of transportation in waterway-rich cities such as Amsterdam,…

Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

At the International Conference on Robotics and Automation tomorrow, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) will present a new lane-change algorithm. By Larry Hardesty In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study….

Self-driving cars for country roads

A team of MIT researchers tested MapLite on a Toyota Prius outfitted with a range of LIDAR and IMU sensors.Photo courtesy of CSAIL. By Adam Conner-Simons | Rachel Gordon Uber’s recent self-driving car fatality underscores the fact that the technology is still not ready for…

Soft robots that can sense touch, pressure, movement and temperature

This soft robotic gripper is the result of a platform technology developed by Harvard researchers to create soft robots with embedded sensors that can sense inputs as diverse as movement, pressure, touch, and temperature. Credit: Ryan L. Truby/Harvard University By Leah Burrows Researchers at Harvard…

Robo-picker grasps and packs

The “pick-and-place” system consists of a standard industrial robotic arm that the researchers outfitted with a custom gripper and suction cup. They developed an “object-agnostic” grasping algorithm that enables the robot to assess a bin of random objects and determine the best way to grip…

Programming drones to fly in the face of uncertainty

Researchers trail a drone on a test flight outdoors.Photo: Jonathan How/MIT Companies like Amazon have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being…