Recent News


October 10, 2018

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 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


June 13, 2018

UC San Diego masters and PhD students designed and built all sorts of different walking robots for the Spring 2018 quarter of MAE 207: Bioinspired mobile robotics.  Full Story


May 30, 2018

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria and the toxins they produce. These proof-of-concept nanorobots could one day offer a safe and efficient way to detoxify and decontaminate biological fluids. Full Story


May 14, 2018

From a gripper equipped with gecko-inspired adhesives, to artificial muscles and robotic joints, to talks on human-robot interaction and health care robotics, the University of California San Diego will have a strong presence at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 21 to 25 in Brisbane, Australia. Full Story


April 25, 2018

An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor. Instead, the robot uses artificial muscles filled with water to propel itself. The foot-long robot, which is connected to an electronics board that remains on the surface, is also virtually transparent.  The team, which includes researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, details their work in the April 25 issue of Science Robotics.  Full Story


April 10, 2018

Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research. Full Story


April 6, 2018

A team of California researchers has developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art. Researchers will present their findings at the 2018 International Conference on Robotics and Automation May 21 to 25 in Brisbane, Australia. Full Story


March 26, 2018

Robotics and autonomy research is just one of the many reasons to come to the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering on April 19 for Research Expo. Industry recruiters and technical staff from companies across the region will be talking research with the 200+ engineering and computer science graduate students at their posters. The poster session runs from 2PM until 4:30 PM. Register today for Research Expo. Full Story


March 21, 2018

Take a walk inside the entrance to UC San Diego's Atkinson Hall and you might be greeted by a robot made of two cardboard boxes stacked one upon the other, complete with a signature smiley face. BoxBot, as the bot is called, works with his counterpart TritonBot, a robot with a fully functional body, in the hopes of one day becoming a lobby receptionist for the building. But the 'bots are also being used for more sophisticated purposes: to collect information about how humans respond to robots.  Full Story


Press Coverage


October 25, 2018

UPROXX

A Robotic Expert Answers All Of Our Questions About Driverless Cars

I'm probably the world's worst driver. And it's not just that I'm bad at driving, I don't like driving. I think it's stressful and boring. So believe me when I say: I am counting the days down until level-5 autonomous cars hit the road. I want the kind of car where I say, "Cool. So, I can take a nap and binge-watch Arrested Development now?" and the car responds "Of course, sweetie!" and brews me a warm mug of cocoa. But while I'm probably overly excited about self-driving technology, plenty of others are frightened of our driverless future. Full Story


October 18, 2018

robotics business review

ROBO Global ETF Marks Milestone With NYSE Closing Bell

Yesterday, ROBO Global LLC celebrated its fifth year with a historic gathering here on Wall Street. After panel discussions about investment in the growing robotics industry, a UR5e collaborative robot rung the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. ROBO Global began in 2013 with a comprehensive investment strategy across the robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI) ecosystem, explained Travis Briggs, CEO of ROBO Global. It has a presence in 11 countries and is trading on nine exchanges."We live in a period of massive innovation," said Bill Studebaker, president of ROBO G Full Story


October 1, 2018

BrightTALK

Meet the Minds Behind the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board

Henrik Christensen, Illah Nourbakhsh and Manish Kothari aren't just members of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board, but also some of the top minds in the world of robotics and A.I. We're honored to have their insight and knowledge fueling the decisions behind the index and helping to keep ROBO state of the art in the realm of robotic developments. Full Story


September 22, 2018

Business Insider

America's trucker shortage is a crisis you may not have noticed -- but we all depend on drivers who are underpaid and overworked

"I got my diesel wound up and she's a-running like a-never before," sang Dave Dudley in 1963 in his single "Six Days on the Road." The song was a major hit at a time when the profession still had a glimmer of romance about it. These days, truckin' is inspiring a whole lot less love, especially among the young. In North America and Europe alike, older drivers are retiring, but hardly anybody's joining the profession. With global logistics still vitally dependent on trucking, that's not just a problem for the industry; it's a potential crisis for everyone -- and a national security threat. Full Story


September 13, 2018

Wired

A New Robotic Fly Dips And Dives Like The Real Thing

RESPECT WHERE RESPECT is due: we humans may be mighty, but there's still a foe that regularly dodges our best efforts to kill it: the fruit fly. Over millennia of evolution, fruit flies have adapted to burn their pursuers with enviable agility. Now researchers have built a robotic doppelganger that can twist and bank with astonishing speed. With two pairs of wings beating 17 times a second, it has a wingspan of over a foot and weighs just an ounce. Called DelFly, it can hit speeds of 15 miles an hour and switch directions in an instant, just like the real thing. Full Story


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Contextual Robotics Institute
Email: lkent@ucsd.edu
Phone: (858) 534-6433