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Robot That Can Turn Cartwheels, Do Somersaults

Sherry Randhawa of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, recently demonstrated some of the school's progress in robotics and computing. A major attraction...

Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery
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Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery

A robot developed by researchers at the United Kingdom's Aberystwyth University has discovered 12 new functions for genes entirely on its own. "Our goal is to...

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Recent Research Tackles the Complexity of Self-Awareness

Researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid's School of Computing are using modular neural networks to model cognitive functions related to awareness and...

Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control
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Honda Develops Brain Interface For Robot Control

Honda Motor's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu have co-developed a brain-machine interface system that enables people...

University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon
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University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon

Students at Sweden's Malardalen University will build a smart robot to construct a little red cabin on the moon. The team has been charged with taking the House...

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Bangor Scientists Make Star Trek's Holodeck Virtually a Reality

Bangor University computer scientists Nigel John and Jonathan Roberts are developing a "virtual cocoon" that will enable users to experience virtual sites using...

Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?
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Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?

Inexpensive personal robots could be available soon, but they first have to be able to learn to perform tasks that human know how to do instinctively, says Iowa...

Operator Can 'feel' What Robot Grips
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Operator Can 'feel' What Robot Grips

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have developed a robot that enables its operator to "feel" the environment that it is working in. The researchers plan...

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Swimming Pool Game 'marco Polo' Used to Develop Robot Control

Researchers at Duke University and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have developed a system for controlling moving robots capable of autonomously detecting and...

Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands
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Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands

A Brown University-led team of robotics researchers has demonstrated how a robot can detect and respond to nonverbal commands in various environments without having...

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Tapia 2009 Celebration Announces Technical Program

The 2009 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computer Conference will feature papers, panels, workshops, poster sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather meetings, a doctoral...

No Catch: Robot Fish to Hunt Pollution
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No Catch: Robot Fish to Hunt Pollution

Researchers at Britain's University of Essex and the BMT Group have developed robotic fish that will be released into the port of Gijon in northern Spain to monitor...

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Machines That Can See

Computer vision or object recognition has progressed by leaps and bounds to the degree that machines can in some instances surpass humans. Applications being developed...

'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed
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'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed

While that perv in the back is busy shooting HRP-4C's buttocks, the rest of us can marvel at the fact that Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot....

That's Mr. Roboto to You
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That's Mr. Roboto to You

Scientists in Japan are testing a robotic teacher at fifth- and sixth-grade classes at a primary school in Tokyo. Originally introduced as a secretary, the Saya...

Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived
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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived

Brookings Institution fellow P.W. Singer says in an interview that the military's funding of robotics will have ramifications in areas that people are as yet unaware...

Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords
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Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords

Computer programs that play the game of Go have advanced to the point where they can beat professional human players, as demonstrated by recent victories at the...

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'I'm Here to Make You Feel Better'

Researchers are developing socially assistive robots that can provide therapy and support to people with cognitive and physical handicaps. One example is CosmoBot...

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Tech to Cure Crop Failure and Look Inside Einstein's Mind?

Technology will help solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing, says ACM president and University of Southampton professor Dame Wendy Hall. Hall...

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Swedish Research Can Make Super Mario More Realistic

Thomas Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Malardalen University, has developed a new approach for calculating collisions involving animated objects in computer games...
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