Research

Multi-Robot Handling Under Uncertainty

Multi-Robot Handling Under Uncertainty

Researchers are using a small group of robotic helicopters to address the problem of drone package delivery. The scenario includes base stations (marked with a “B”) and destinations (marked with a “D”). The colored lines represent the planned paths of the 4 helicopters. (Image: Shayegan Omidshafiei and Shih-Yuan Liu, MIT) New Algorithm for planning multi-robot […]

Using Robots, Scientists Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

Using Robots, Scientists Assemble Promising Antimicrobial Compounds

[Photo: Jessica Su, a UC Berkeley student who worked at the Molecular Foundry with Ron Zuckermann, next to Overture, a robot that assembles dozens of custom peptoids at a time.] There’s an urgent demand for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines, named Symphony X and Overture, […]

Shakey: the World’s First Mobile, Intelligent Robot

Shakey: the World’s First Mobile, Intelligent Robot

Shakey, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, was developed at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) between 1966 and 1972. Peter Hart, SRI, retired worked on this project from the day it started until the day it ended (By which time he was the project leader). Peter Hart described “how the project got launched, how […]

Weekly Robotics Video: DARPA Final Trainings, Robotic Cheetah, Farthest Hoverboard – Guinness World Records and Talks from ICRA-2015

Weekly Robotics Video: DARPA Final Trainings, Robotic Cheetah, Farthest Hoverboard – Guinness World Records and Talks from ICRA-2015

This week was full of excitement and state of art knowledge for robotics community due to one of the world’s best robotic conference – ICRA. 2,700 registered participants attended the conference at Seattle, USA and thousands of people watched planetries and keynote talks on live webcast. Next week one more mega event in robotics world […]

New Algorithms Allow Robots to Assemble a Task on the Fly

New Algorithms Allow Robots to Assemble a Task on the Fly

MIT researchers tested the viability of their algorithm by using it to guide a crew of three robots in the assembly of a chair. Today’s industrial robots are remarkably efficient as long as they’re in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be. But put them in an unfamiliar setting, […]