Better robot vision
October 6, 2013A neglected statistical tool could help robots better understand the objects in the world around them.
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots
October 3, 2013Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.
Under the sea
October 1, 2013MIT senior Grace Young’s love of marine robotics will lead her to spend up to a month underwater this semester, collecting data and teaching classes over Skype to help save the oceans.
Professor emeritus Rodney Brooks refines the sequel to iRobot
August 8, 2013Rodney Brooks’ startup, Rethink Robotics, is producing robots that can adapt to manufacturing tasks and the factory environment.
New research could let vehicles, robots collaborate with humans
May 2, 2013Researchers are developing systems that can analyze people’s needs to determine the best way to achieve their goals.
April 11, 2013MIT senior Paul Lazarescu uses his engineering talents to help people with disabilities and improve everyday technology.
Knowing the unknown
March 26, 2013Researchers work to build robots’ awareness of their own limitations.
Robot meets world
March 20, 2013A new way of reasoning about what happens when a robot’s limb strikes an object could lead to more efficient and reliable robotic-control systems.
Teaching robots lateral thinking
February 25, 2013New algorithms could help household robots work around their physical shortcomings.
Humans and robots work better together following cross-training
February 11, 2013Swapping of roles improves efficiency as well as robots’ confidence and humans’ trust.
The robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife
November 30, 2012Reconfigurable robot a step toward something that can become almost anything.