Press Clips from 2019


May 20, 2019

Clock Ticking On Northern White Rhino

San Diego Zoo researchers are working with UC San Diego roboticists to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos. The extinction clock is ticking because only two northern whites remain alive. Using technology being developed on the UC San Diego campus in the lab of professor Michael Yip, researchers aim to implant northern white rhino embryos into southern white rhino surrogates, something that has never been done before. Full Story


May 15, 2019

Don't miss these sessions at the Robotics Summit & Expo 2019

Big companies have been working for years now on robotics, autonomous systems, and machine learning, but only now are they coming together for intelligent machines. Learn from keynotes on artificial intelligence, the cloud, human-machine interaction, the Internet of Things, and 5G. Industry luminaries from Amazon Web Services, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm, among others, will share their insights on these emerging technologies. Full Story


May 15, 2019

AI can learn real-world skills from playing StarCraft and Minecraft

Dario Wünsch was feeling confident. The 28-year-old from Leipzig, Germany, was about to become the first professional gamer to take on the artificial intelligence program AlphaStar in the rapid-fire video game StarCraft II. Wünsch had been professionally playing StarCraft II, in which competitors command alien fleets vying for territory, for nearly a decade. No way could he lose this five-match challenge to a newly minted AI gamer. Even AlphaStar's creators at the London-based AI research company DeepMind, which is part of Alphabet, Inc., weren't optimistic about the outcome. Full Story


April 8, 2019

THE PLAN TO SAVE THE RHINO WITH A CERVIX-NAVIGATING ROBOT

Because of habitat loss and poaching, the northern white rhino is nearing obliteration, extinct in the wild with just two females--who aren't even reproductively viable--left in captivity. But now the San Diego Zoo has partnered with roboticists at UC San Diego to pursue a new solution: a snakelike robot to navigate that chaotic cervix and deposit an embryo in the uterus. If it works, it could mean the salvation of the northern white rhino. Full Story


March 25, 2019

The robots that dementia caregivers want

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 (UC San Diego) attempted to address this by spending six months co-designing robots with family members, social workers, and other caregivers. Full Story


March 22, 2019

Caregivers Want Robots to Take Care of Annoying Dementia Sufferers

People with dementia, as well as those that take care of them, can benefit from a bit of robotic assistance. There are a few robots on the market that are designed to help elderly people around the house, but not too much exists for those suffering from cognitive decline. While there's been development in this field, researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to find out what kinds of robots would actually help. The team brought together a group of caregivers that have a good deal of experience with dementia patients. Full Story


March 22, 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


March 22, 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


March 22, 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


March 14, 2019

Sensors and Machine Learning Are Giving Robots a Sixth Sense

According to some scientists, humans really do have a sixth sense. There's nothing supernatural about it: the sense of proprioception tells you about the relative positions of your limbs and the rest of your body. Close your eyes, block out all sound, and you can still use this internal "map" of your external body to locate your muscles and body parts - you have an innate sense of the distances between them, and the perception of how they're moving, above and beyond your sense of touch. This sense is invaluable for allowing us to coordinate our movements. Full Story


March 14, 2019

Video Friday: Final Goodbye to Opportunity Rover, and More

I have no idea what to even say about the Opportunity rover. I'm not sure that the amazing people at JPL do, either. But they're trying, and this video is a sort of media reel put together by JPL with a mission overview at the beginning followed by some interviews and it's very much worth watching. I remember being in high school and following along with the landing, and especially vivid is when the signal goes all wonky because the rover is bouncing around on the surface in its airbag cocoon. Re-watching that here gives me all the feels all over again. Full Story


March 14, 2019

Researchers Develop a Soft Robotic Finger with Self-Perception

Soft robotics is a rapidly growing field that has a huge amount of potential in applications where traditional rigid robots would be unsafe or unwieldy. But, building a soft robot comes with a number of unique challenges, particularly when it comes to actuation and position sensing. Fortunately, a newly-developed soft robotic finger with its own sense of self-perception may dramatically improve the situation. Full Story


March 14, 2019

'Robot Revolution': 11 Things Robots And AI Have Achieved So Far

While the jury's out on whether robots are a threat to our jobs and this field remains controversial, one thing's certain: whether you like it or not, robots and AI are only becoming smarter and more efficient with each passing day. It's a rosy picture at the moment (or is it?). Our expectations are slowly taking flight: robots are serving us food, offering companionship and emotional support, helping us look for life on other planets, the list goes on. But an AI that can truly match our intellectual and emotional capabilities is yet to see light of day. Full Story


March 14, 2019

6 takeaways from the ROS-I Conference

Open-source software for robots is becoming increasingly widespread in industry as well as academia. For some companies, the Robot Operation System (ROS) is already a competitive and innovative factor. The ROS-Industrial (ROS-I) Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, showed what developers and users are currently doing and why Amazon and Google are now using ROS for their robotics efforts. Interest in ROS has increased significantly in recent years. Developed in 2007, ROS initially became the de facto standard, not only in research, but also for service robot technologies. Full Story


March 14, 2019

Registration open for Robotics Summit & Expo

Business-to-business publisher WTWH Media announced that registration is now open for the Robotics Summit & Expo, the international event focused on the design, development, manufacture, and delivery of commercial-class robotics systems. The 2019 Robotics Summit takes place on June 5 and 6 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. It will be co-located with WTWH Media's DeviceTalks Boston event. Full Story


March 14, 2019

Robotics Summit & Expo keynote lineup

The Robotics Summit & Expo, produced by The Robot Report, has announced the keynote lineup for the June 5-6 event at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. The Robotics Summit focuses on the technical issues involved with the design, development, manufacture and delivery of commercial-class robots. Click here to see the Robotics Summit speaker lineup. Registration for the Robotics Summit is also open. Register by March 29 to take advantage of the early bird discount of $495 for full-conference passes. Academic registration is $295 and expo-only passes are just $50. Full Story