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Robotic prosthetic arm that can feel

The year 2013 has started brilliantly, even more so than 2012 ended. If you recall, it was in late 2012, when it was announced scientists and engineers had developed a robotic arm that a quadriplegic woman was capable of controlling using her thoughts to the effect of manipulating objects and gesturing to other people. That… Read More »

SMAVNET: Large aerial swarm robots project

MAVs (micro air vehicles) are cool little bots that sour through the skies, but what if you could have a whole bunch of them, and have them communicating with each other? EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) scientists have been working on the next step, called SMAVNET (Swarming Micro Air Vehicle Network) robots, who do… Read More »

Miniature jumping robot

Efficient locomotion for minaiture robots is a hard task due to the “Size Grain Hypothesis” which simply describes how the rugocity of the environment increases as the size of the agent (robot in this case) decreases. That is the smaller the robot, the bigger the obstacles. To circumvent the inneficiencies of crawling, walking, or running… Read More »

Robots podcast replaces the Talking Robots podcast

The researchers from After a successful 2-year run with a total of 45 interviews, EPFL’s Talking Robots podcast will be discontinued and replaced by the new Robots podcast. It looks like the people behind Talking Robots decided to move out from EPFL and invest in creating a more professional podcast (this is not to say… Read More »

Raja Chatila interviewed on the Talking Robots Podcast

Dr. Raja Chatila was interviewed last week on the Talking Robots Podcast broadcast from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Switzerland. During the interview, Dr. Chatila gave a good high level overview of the current state of the art in robot navigation including the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) problem. He describes in a very… Read More »

Talking Robots: Podcast on robotics and artificial intelligence

The researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne started a new podcast series on the subject of robotics and artificial intelligence. The initiator of this podcast is Dr. Dario Floreano whose work “focuses on the development of robotic systems and artificial intelligence methods inspired by biological principles of self-organization.” So what is… Read More »