Press Clips from 2015

December 15, 2015

Contextual Robotics Forum 2015: the Future of Robotics

Robotics leaders from industry, academia and the public sector met at the University of California, San Diego to discuss the future of robotics at the second annual Contextual Robotics Forum on Oct. 30, 2015 at the University of California, San Diego. At the Forum, the deans of the Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego announced the launch of the Contextual Robotics Institute. Full Story

November 17, 2015

California Researchers Eye Robots To Help People Age at Home

University of California-San Diego researchers are working to develop robots that can listen, speak and react to human needs. Earlier this month, the university launched its Contextual Robotics Institute, a multi-disciplinary effort to develop robotic technology with artificial intelligence that can be used to help the country's growing elderly population "age in place." Full Story

November 3, 2015

UC San Diego Aims to Create Robots That Can See, Think, and Do

University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) Contextual Robotics Institute formally announces today, October 29, Friday during the biggest meet of the nation's top scientists at UC San Diego to discuss the future of robotics. UCSD's robotics institute aims to create robots capable of interpreting and doing human impressions and activities, to recognising what people see, think, and do. Full Story

October 29, 2015

UC San Diego to Launch Contextual Robotics Institute

The University of California, San Diego has announced plans to start a Contextual Robotics Institute, bringing together top academics from its schools of engineering and social science. Full Story

October 29, 2015

UCSD to Create Hub for Robotics Study

Institute aims for collaboration between on "robots of the future" Full Story

September 29, 2015

Ready or not, the fully autonomous car is coming

Ready for cars with computers as driver? No? Good, because the computers aren?t ready either. But have no doubt, they are coming. Full Story

September 28, 2015

Babies smile to 'make you happy' claim scientists who made discovery using a robotic toddler

A toddler-like robot has helped experts further their understanding that babies smile in order to get the same response. Some babies beam at adoring adults to make them smile back, scientists claim. A toddler-like robot has helped experts further their understanding that babies smile in order to get the same response. Furthermore, with the skill of a seasoned comedian, they time their smiles wisely, to maximise their audience's response. Full Story

September 28, 2015

What This Robotics Baby Can Teach Us About How Infants Communicate

When cognitive scientist Dr. Javier Movellan watched his three-month-old baby Marina smile, he wondered if she was trying to communicate with him."I felt very strongly that this was happening but in the back of my mind I wondered whether I was just fooling myself," Movellan told The Huffington Post in an email. Movellan and a team of researchers used data from a previous study to analyze the face-to-face interactions of 13 four-month-old infants and their mothers, Full Story

August 20, 2015

Smart Vehicles: meet Mohan Trivedi

IEEE Spark profiles electrical engineering professor Mohan Trividi at UC San Diego. He is the founding director of the Laboratory for Intelligent and Safe Automobiles (LISA) and the Computer Vision and Robotics Research (CVRR) Laboratory at UC San Diego. Professor Trivedi's efforts have influenced development of novel intelligent systems for applications in robotics, intelligent transportation, active safety of vehicles, homeland security, and assistive technologies. Full Story

July 23, 2015

This Jumping 3D Printed Robot Uses Butane And Oxygen For Power

Researchers at Harvard University and University of California, San Diego have made the first 3D printed robot with both hard and soft body parts that can make more than 100 jumps on its own. To top it all off, the robot is powered by a mixture of butane and oxygen. The blueprint for creating this hybrid hard and soft robot came from directly from nature via a species of mussels which have a foot that becomes rigid when it comes into contact with rocks. Full Story

July 10, 2015

We have lift off! 3D-printed robot jumps six times its height

Might as well jump. Engineers at Harvard University have printed a bot that can leap about six times its own height. The secret to its success? It's made from a combination of soft and rigid parts. Soft robots are more adaptable, safer, and more resilient than stiff metal machines, say the researchers, led by Robert Wood. But they also tend to take longer to produce. 3D printing lets us cheaply and quickly produce things that combine the advantages of rigid and soft materials. Full Story

July 10, 2015

Frog-like 3-D printed robot has soft exterior, heart of metal

People may think of Arnold Schwarzenegger when they hear of a robot with a soft outer body and hard metal underneath, but researchers working on just that type of machine say their design can actually make robots that are safer for humans. Scientists at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego have created the first robot with a 3D-printed body that transitions from an outer layer that is soft to the touch into a rigid metal core. Full Story

July 10, 2015

Mollusk-inspired robot will hunt you down one hop at a time

A team of Harvard and UC San Diego scientists believes the perfect robot is neither rigid nor soft -- instead, it's a combination of both. To prove that, the group (led by Michael Tolley from UCSD and Nicholas Bartlett from Harvard) has created a hybrid robot capable of over 30 untethered jumps without breaking into pieces. It's also faster than completely squishy ones, which are typically slow. The top half composed of nine layers 3D printed in one piece has a soft exterior Full Story

July 10, 2015

Scientists have 3D-printed a robot that can jump six times its height

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! Well, not yet, but scientists at Harvard and the University of California, San Diego, have created a tiny, Superman-like robot that can jump about 2.5 feet in the air--about six times its height. The robot, which is about the size of a soccer ball, has a 3D-printed chassis with a flexible, inflatable base, which allows it to jump up and stay in one piece when it comes down. Full Story

July 10, 2015

Watch it jump! 3D-printed hopper could lead to better rescue robots

If you think robots involve metal bodies and squeaky hinges, think again. Engineers have designed and built a frog-like jumping robot that incorporates hard and soft parts -- and they've done it with a 3D printer. Powered by a mix of butane and oxygen, these adorable hopping bots can jump two and a half feet high and half a foot sideways, and can survive more than 30 jumps without breaking. The machines, described in the journal Science, could help engineers design more robust robots Full Story

July 10, 2015

3D-Printed Explosive Jumping Robot Combines Firm and Squishy Parts

At IROS last year, we met a curious looking fleshy-appendaged explosive jumping robot from the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory. When we asked the researchers about their plans for the future, they talked about "an entirely different design, and capable of either self-righting or reliably landing upright, enabling multiple successive jumps." Now the Harvard team, in collaboration with UCSD researchers, has completed that redesign, creating a robot that can jump and land upright Full Story

May 13, 2015

The cyborg approach to spotting mines at sea

Researchers have built a brain-computer interface designed to speed identification of mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego, worked with the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific and collected 450 sonar images containing 150 inert, bright-orange mines in a test zone. Working with a dataset of 975 images of mine-like objects, researchers trained the algorithm to flag images that most likely included mines. Full Story