Robotics

News about robots from all over the world

ITMO Scientists Create a Hopping Robot Using Morphological Computation

The International Laboratory of Biomechatronics and Energy-Efficient Robotics has created a prototype of an energy-efficient hopping robot. The design is based on flexible joints and a series elastic actuator. Image credit: ITMO Biomimetic principles A team consisting of Kirill Nasonov and Dmitry Volyansky, Master’s students of the Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics, supervised by Ivan Borisov, a research associate ...

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Projects that blaze new trails in research will receive funding at Princeton

Nine exploratory projects, from an effort to exploit inter-microbial warfare in the search for new antibiotics to the development of artificial intelligence for the transcription of ancient documents, have been selected to receive support through the Dean for Research Innovation Funds. The new initiatives, spanning the natural sciences, humanities and collaborations with industry, are in the early stages of investigation ...

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An embedded deep learning system for augmented reality in firefighting applications

Firefighting is a dangerous and complicated activity that requires accurate decision-making and situational awareness. A recent paper on arXiv.org proposes to take advantage of deep learning methods to help firefighters. The researchers offer an augmented reality system. Wildfire. Image credit: Pxhere, CC0 Public Domain Thermal, RGB, and depth cameras are used to acquire data. It is then live-streamed over a ...

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Ab Initio Particle-based Object Manipulation

Previous methods of robotic manipulation have relied on two different techniques. While model-based approaches capture the object’s properties in an analytic model, data-driven methods learn directly from prior experiences. A recent study proposes Particle-based Object Manipulation (PROMPT), which combines the advantages of both approaches. Image credit: NASA A particle representation is constructed from a set of RGB images. Here, each particle represents ...

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Neural model seeks ‘inappropriateness’ to reduce chatbot awkwardness

Researchers from Skoltech and their colleagues from Mobile TeleSystems have introduced the notion of inappropriate text messages and released a neural model capable of detecting them, along with a large collection of such messages for further research. Among the potential applications are preventing corporate chatbots from embarrassing the companies that run them, forum post moderation, and parental control. The study came out ...

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Contact-aware robot design

Adequate biomimicry in robotics necessitates a delicate balance between design and control, an integral part of making our machines more like us. Advanced dexterity in humans is wrapped up in a long evolutionary tale of how our fists of fury evolved to accomplish complex tasks. With machines, designing a new robotic manipulator could mean long, manual iteration cycles of designing, ...

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DeepSocNav: Social Navigation by Imitating Human Behaviors

It is reasonable to expect that robots act in a way that does not hinder humans present in the environment. Previous attempts to solve the problem of social navigation either lack flexibility or needs a large volume of data. A recent paper suggests tackling current limitations. Image credit: Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 The researchers propose a virtual ...

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New Algorithm Flies Drones Faster than Human Racing Pilots

For the first time an autonomously flying quadrotor has outperformed two human pilots in a drone race. The success is based on a novel algorithm that was developed by researchers of the University of Zurich. It calculates time-optimal trajectories that fully consider the drones’ limitations. To be useful, drones need to be quick. Because of their limited battery life they ...

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An automated flight control system for drone swarms

Creating new procedures that improve mass drone traffic is the purpose of LABYRINTH, a European research project coordinated by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) with the participation of 13 international organisations within the R&D&I, transport, emergency, and auxiliary services fields. Researchers hope to use these drone swarm applications to improve civil road, train, sea, and air transport, making ...

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