Thomas Malone (left) is director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management. Daniela Rus is director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a member of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AI and Machine Learning January 25, 2021

How artificial intelligence will change work

MIT researchers offer insight on the challenges and potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and how they will change the nature of work.

By MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future
Interact Analysis projects there will be an annual growth rate of the order of 15 to 20% leading to 2028 in the collaborative robot market. Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Robotics January 22, 2021

Collaborative robot market predicted to surge

The collaborative robot market, led by China and the United States, is predicted to thrive over the next several years after a difficult period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Interact Analysis
MIT researchers have developed an automated way to design customized hardware, or “brains,” that speeds up a robot’s operation. Courtesy: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT
Robotics January 21, 2021

Designing customized robot brains for critical applications

A system has been developed that devises hardware architectures to hasten robots’ response time so they can operate in critical situations.

By Daniel Ackerman
An actor robot runs on a playpen trying to catch the visible green food, while an observer machine learns to predict the actor robot's behavior purely through visual observations. Although the observer can always see the green foods, the actor, from its own perspective, cannot due to occlusions. Courtesy: Creative Machines Lab/Columbia Engineering
Robotics January 16, 2021

Robot displays empathy to a partner robot

A robot has learned to visually predict how its partner robot will behave, displaying a glimmer of empathy, which could help robots get along with other robots and humans more intuitively.

By Holly Evarts
Having an industrial robot that can provide software control can increase productivity and safety to your machinery, especially in precise and repetitive operations. Courtesy: TM Robotics
Robotics January 13, 2021

What OEMs look for in a robot supplier

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to consider their plant floor, the type of robot and more when choosing a robot supplier.

By Nigel Smith
When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. Courtesy: Thomas A. Berrueta, Northwestern University
Robotics January 10, 2021

Predicting robot movement, collective behavior

Engineers have proposed a principle where active matter systems can spontaneously order, without need for higher level instructions or even programmed interaction among the agents, which has been shown in shape-changing robots.

By John Toon
Courtesy: FANUC/RIA
Robotics January 7, 2021

How robots help additive manufacturers add precision

Robotics and other technology advances increase accuracy and allow robots to improve precision and make larger parts for additive manufacturing applications.

By Laura Moretz
Courtesy: Purdue University
Automation December 20, 2020

Data flow, alarms, simulation, cybersecurity, robotics

Control Engineering highlights automation, controls and instrumentation successes in every issue at in between.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Pvilion/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robotics December 16, 2020

Robots helping manufacture overflow health care, quarantine structures

A group of self-aware, human-directed robots to assist in manufacturing rapidly deployed structures to help with COVID-19 overflow.

By Torie Wells
Courtesy: Vertech
System Integration December 14, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Dec. 7-14, 2020

Articles about the 20201 System Integrator of the Year award winners, robotic offline programming in a COVID-19 world, cybersecurity and the rise of IT-enabled OT systems, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Dec. 7-14 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay