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

Franklin Antonio Hall Sparks Research Collaborations

Franklin Antonio Hall Sparks Research Collaborations

May 13, 2024

From improving tools for robot-assisted surgery to studying how humans prefer to interact with robots, collaborations across different departments at the Jacobs School of Engineering are in the spotlight in this year’s accepted papers for the 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.    Full Story

Soft Robots, Tough Problems

Soft Robots, Tough Problems

May 2, 2024

Robots that can assist physicians during surgery. Robots that can swim. Robots that can grip delicate objects. These were some of the demonstrations on display at Robosoft, the biggest conference in the field of soft robotics, this year.   Full Story

UC San Diego Roboticists Shine at Human Robot Interaction 2024 Conference

UC San Diego Roboticists Shine at Human Robot Interaction 2024 Conference

March 26, 2024

University of California, San Diego robotics research– from supporting patient home care and stroke rehabilitation to facilitating mission critical teamwork among first responders– was on display during the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI).  Full Story

News Archive


May 20, 2024

Sustainable 'Relationship' with Interactive Robots

Monday, May 20th @ 2pm PDT

Location: Zoom

Speaker:  Dr. AJung Moon

May 13, 2024

"Cognitively-Aware Adaptive Automation to Enhance Human Learning"

Monday, May 13th @ 2pm PDT

Location: Franklin Antonio Hall (FAH) 4202 & Zoom 

Speaker: Dr. Neera Jain

May 06, 2024

"On Designing Robots to be Invisible-in-use"

Monday, May 6th @ 2pm PDT

Location: Zoom  

Speaker: Dr. Leila Takayama