ROBOTS IN THE REAL WORLD
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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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Contextual Robotics Institute 2018 Forum: Healthcare Robotics

The Contextual Robotics Institute 2018 Forum is Thursday, November 8 at UC San Diego. The topic is Healthcare Robotics.

The Forum will explore robotics in healthcare. We will consider both clinical and domestic applications of robotics technology. Topics will include: surgical robotics, physical and sensory augmentation, cognitive support, and industry/government relations.

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Robotics News


April 11, 2019

Unearthing Mysteries of the Maya

UC San Diego computer science students are venturing into Maya tunnels in Guatemala, and at home in San Diego, to bring these ancient buried sites to virtual life. Part of the Engineers for Exploration (E4E) group, the students are guided by Computer Science and Engineering Professor Ryan Kastner and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Curt Schurgers.  Full Story


April 11, 2019

Engineering touch

 A tool to help the visually impaired navigate crowded spaces; an interface to assist surgeons during a complex procedure; and a display that can change shape when heat is applied. These were all projects developed by students in the first-ever haptic interfaces class to be offered at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. Full Story


March 13, 2019

The robots that dementia caregivers want: robots for joy, robots for sorrow

Building robots that can help people with dementia has been a longtime goal for roboticists. Yet until now, no one has sought to survey informal caregivers, such as family members, about what characteristics and roles these robots should have. A team of scientists at the University of California San Diego sought to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers who care for people with dementia. They are presenting their findings at the Human Robot Interaction conference March 11 to 14 in South Korea. Full Story


February 5, 2019

Overcoming Delays in Long-Distance Surgery

An engineering-surgery team at UC San Diego is working to extend the reach of surgeons by allowing them to operate remotely on patients located across a city, country, or even the globe. They are developing predictive augmented reality systems that could help make telesurgery a reality. Full Story


January 30, 2019

See, Think, Predict: Engineers build a soft robotics perception system inspired by humans

An international team of researchers has developed a perception system for soft robots inspired by the way humans process information about their own bodies in space and in relation to other objects and people. They describe the system, which includes a motion capture system, soft sensors, a neural network, and a soft robotic finger, in the Jan. 30 issue of Science Robotics. Full Story


January 16, 2019

The Top 10 robotics technologies of 2018, according to Science Robotics

Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the Jacobs School is one of 10 of the world’s foremost robotics researchers to weigh in on the top 10 robotics technologies of 2018 in the Jan. 16 issue of Science Robotics. Full Story


January 4, 2019

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

Oceanographers and engineers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego collaborated to modify a common physical oceanography instrument to be able to image zooplankton as it glides through the ocean. Full Story


November 16, 2018

The future of healthcare robotics: from home helpers to hospital and surgery assistants

By 2050, the number of people over age 60 will double worldwide. By 2100, it will triple. This population shift will generate dramatically increased demand for caregiving and healthcare services--demand that can’t be met by humans only. In addition, five billion people worldwide lack access to adequate healthcare, especially surgery. These are some of the problems that experts in the field of healthcare robotics from industry and academia came together to tackle during the 2018 Contextual Robotics Institute Forum held Nov. 8 at the University of California San Diego.  Full Story


October 10, 2018

Healthcare, Homecare and Robotics: Where to from here?

World-renowned experts working at the intersection of robotics and healthcare will convene at UC San Diego on November 8, 2018 for the annual Contextual Robotics Institute Forum, this year focused on Healthcare Robotics.  Full Story


September 28, 2018

From stair-climbing robots to motion planning algorithms: UC San Diego at IROS 2018

From stair-climbing robots to algorithms that help robots navigate the world, researchers at the University of California San Diego are making a strong showing at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, or IROS 2018, which takes place Oct. 1 to 5 in Madrid, Spain. Full Story


Seminars

Transforming today's manually operated machines into tomorrow's autonomous solutions

Joint CCSD-CRI Seminar - Oleg Sinyavskiy from Brain Corporation

Building Safe and Secure Cyber-Physical Systems Against All Odds!

CRI Lecture Series - Radoslav Ivanov fro University of Pennsylvania

Smart Robotic Assistants for Manufacturing Applications

CRI Lecture Series - SK Gupta from University of Southern California