Our research teams are working to solve today’s pressing challenges in key areas including healthcare and autonomous vehicles.


Long term, we aim to develop robots that serve society in real-time, in the real world. These robotic systems will adapt, evolve, and create their own solutions based on the people and situations – the context – they encounter. And they’ll need to be secure.


To deliver, we are tackling fundamental research bottlenecks that will open up new capabilities for robots. Autonomous operation in many different environments is just one example.


Our plans require new approaches to research. New paradigms. We’ve aligned world-class expertise in hardware, software, cognitive science, design, machine learning, materials, security, and more, to make it happen.


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Robotics News

Robot, heal thyself

Robot, heal thyself

March 26, 2021

Living tissue can heal itself from many injuries, but giving similar abilities to artificial systems, such as robots, has been extremely challenging. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego reporting in Nano Letters have developed small, swimming robots that can magnetically heal themselves on-the-fly after breaking into two or three pieces. The strategy could someday be used to make hardier devices for environmental or industrial clean up, the researchers say.  Full Story

Human-centered mobility and transportation options for disadvantaged communities is the goal of new partnership

Human-centered mobility and transportation options for disadvantaged communities is the goal of new partnership

February 24, 2021

The University of California San Diego is teaming up with several community-based organizations and the San Diego Association of Governments to improve access to transportation for the county’s low-income and underserved neighborhoods. The team is adopting a human-centered design approach to their work to try and repair the harm done by car-oriented transportation policies of the past.    Full Story

This robot doesn't need any electronics

This robot doesn't need any electronics

February 17, 2021

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn’t need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant source of pressurized air for all its functions, including its controls and locomotion systems. The team, led by Michael T. Tolley, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, details its findings in the Feb. 17, 2021 issue of the journal Science Robotics.   Full Story


"Patient-Specific Continuum Robotic Systems for Surgical Interventions"

Thursday 15 April @ 12pm PST (also CSE290)
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Speaker: Jaydev P. Desai
Georgia Institute of Technology

"Visual Representations for Navigation and Object Detection"

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In-Person: Room 1202, CSE Building

Speaker: Jana Kosecka
George Mason University


"Design of Autonomous Vehicles @ UCSD"

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Speaker: Henrik I Christensen