Robotics

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Robotics November 20, 2019

Four types of collaborative robot operation

The ISO 10218-1 safety standard classifies the four types of collaborative robot operation: Safety monitored stop, hand guiding, speed and separation monitoring, and power and force limiting.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Using the researchers' path planning algorithm, complex paths that typically take 15 to 30 minutes to specify manually can be generated in just a few seconds, bringing the tool from from source to destination to complete manufacturing tasks without human help. Courtesy: Pradeep Rajendran, USC Viterbi
Robotics November 16, 2019

Algorithm developed to help automate robots for more complex workspaces

Researchers at the USC Viterbi Center for Advanced Manufacturing have identified an algorithm designed to provide robots short, collision-free solutions in complex manufacturing spaces.

By Avni Shah
The new “growing robot” can be programmed to grow, or extend, in different directions, based on the sequence of chain units that are locked and fed out from the “growing tip,” or gearbox. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robotics November 16, 2019

Robot designed to “grow” like a plant

MIT engineers have developed a robot designed to extend a chain-like appendage that can twist and turn in any necessary configuration and can then retract the appendage when a task is completed.

By Jennifer Chu
MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a new model that weighs various uncertainties and risks to help autonomous vehicles determine when it’s safe to merge into traffic at intersections with objects obstructing views, such as buildings blocking the line of sight. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Robotics November 14, 2019

Model developed to help autonomous vehicles navigate traffic safely

MIT and Toyota researchers have designed a model designed to help autonomous vehicles determine when it’s safe to merge into traffic when the view is obstructed.

By Rob Matheson
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Robotics November 13, 2019

Robotic laser marking benefits for the automotive industry

Laser marking involves a technique where a laser etches, stains, or otherwise engraves a material and is extremely useful for the automotive industry, which demands precision marking.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
For last-mile delivery, robots of the future may use a new MIT algorithm to find the front door, using clues in their environment. Courtesy: MIT News
Robotics November 9, 2019

Technique helps robots find the front door

MIT engineers, along with the Ford Motor Company, have developed a navigation method for robots that enables a robot to use clues in its environment to plan out a route to its destination, which can be described in general semantic terms rather than coordinates on a map.

By Jennifer Chu
Image shows a printed micropillar forest submerged in the photopolymer resist prior to development. The forest contains 900 micropillars over a 7 mm × 7 mm area and was printed in less than 90 minutes as compared to more than a day of printing with serial techniques. Courtesy: Vu Nguyen and Sourabh Saha, Georgia Tech University
Robotics November 2, 2019

3-D printing technique accelerates nanoscale fabrication

Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a nanoscale 3-D printing technique designed to fabricate tiny structures a thousand times faster than conventional two-photon lithography (TPL) techniques without sacrificing resolution.

By John Toon
Modular robotic blocks can self-assemble into various structures. Courtesy: Jason Dorfman, MIT CSAIL
Robotics October 31, 2019

Self-transforming robot blocks can move and identify each other

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and identify each other.

By Rachel Gordon
Funding from the National Science Foundation will help create technology-based solutions to support emergency response worker safety and performance. Courtesy: Justin Baetge, Texas A&M Engineering
Robotics October 30, 2019

Improving emergency response operations with adaptive learning and robots

Researchers are working to accelerate the use of new technologies in emergency response by developing an adaptive mixed-reality learning platform designed to help first responders to perform their jobs safely and effectively.

By Alexandra Salazar
WPI researchers (from left) Soussan Djamasbi, Jeanine Skorinko, Winston Soboyejo, Cagdas Onal (principal investigator), Yunus Telliel, Jing Xiao, Pratap Rao and Jane Li with the Baxter research robot. Courtesy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Robotics October 28, 2019

Researchers win grant to study workplace human-robot interaction

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers have secured a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant focusing on research and training related to the adoption of robotic assistants in the workplace.

By Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)