Our research teams solve pressing robotics challenges in three overarching areas:
autonomous systems, cyber-physical technologies, and medical robotics.

Many of  the robotics systems we develop are able to adapt and evolve based
on the people and situation - the context - they encounter.

Faculty, students, and professional research staff in each of the
Contextual Robotics Institute's three core research areas will be housed in
collaborative research laboratories - collaborations - in Franklin Antonio Hall,
the newest engineering building at UC San Diego.

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Robotic News

2022 Research Highlights

2022 Research Highlights

December 20, 2022

From tools to track the origin and spread of COVID-19, to making homes safer in earthquakes, to using smartphones as diagnostic tools, researchers at the Jacobs School of Engineering pioneered important work in 2022. A few highlights of our outstanding research this year are here. Full Story

A new era for robotics at UC San Diego

A new era for robotics at UC San Diego

November 21, 2022

The Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego hosted its 7th annual forum on Nov. 16, highlighting not only the robotics work underway across campus, but also efforts to capitalize on the broader San Diego region’s strengths and expertise.   Full Story

IROS 2022: Bioinspired Robots, Better Algorithms for Self-driving Cars, and More

IROS 2022: Bioinspired Robots, Better Algorithms for Self-driving Cars, and More

October 10, 2022

From robots inspired by animals and even amoeba, to better algorithms for self-driving cars and robotic surgery, researchers at the University of California San Diego will be presenting a wide range of papers at IROS 2022, which returns in a hybrid format Oct. 23 to 27, 2022.    Full Story

News Archive


May 18, 2023

"Perception-Action Synergy in Unknown or Uncertain Environments"

Thursday, May 18th @ 11am

FAH 3002 - Zoom

Speaker: Jing Xiao, WPI

May 11, 2023

"Next-Generation Robot Perception: Hierarchical Representations, Certifiable Algorithms, and Self-Supervised Learning"

Thursday, May 11th, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: SME Bldg, 2nd Floor, ASML Conference Center, Room 248                                                                                                                                                            Zoom -

Speaker:  Luca Carlone, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aero-Astro and LIDS

Apr 27, 2023

"Review of the Mid-Cycle Update to the National Robotics Roadmap"

Thursday, April 27th @ 11am

Franklin Antonio Hall 3002 - Zoom

Speaker: Henrik I. Christensen