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Microtechnics - Computer Science - 16.10.2023
A method to interpret AI might not be so interpretable after all
Some researchers see formal specifications as a way for autonomous systems to "explain themselves" to humans. But a new study finds that we aren't understanding. As autonomous systems and artificial intelligence become increasingly common in daily life, new methods are emerging to help humans check that these systems are behaving as expected.

Microtechnics - Physics - 11.10.2023
Making Rad Maps With Robot Dogs
Key Takeaways Radiation mapping can be used to improve safety at sites with radioactive sources (such as power plants or hospitals), enforce non-proliferation agreements, or guide environmental cleanup and disaster response Scientists at Berkeley Lab have created multi-sensor systems that can map nuclear radiation in 3D in real time and†are now testing how to integrate their system with robots that can autonomously investigate radiation areas Sm

Health - Microtechnics - 19.09.2023
Cancer therapy: Microrobots explore cells - TUM
Cancer therapy: Microrobots explore cells - TUM
Opportunities for cancer treatment and wound healing Microrobots for the study of cells A group of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed the world's first microrobot ("microbot") capable of navigating within groups of cells and stimulating individual cells. Berna ÷zkale Edelmann, a professor of Nanoand Microrobotics, sees potential for new treatments of human diseases.

Microtechnics - 29.08.2023
CMU Robot Puts on Shirts One Sleeve at a Time
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals that 92% of nursing facility residents and at-home care patients require assistance with dressing, a daily activity easily taken for granted by many. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute (RI) are working toward a future where robots can help.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 21.08.2023
Robotic dog runs (almost) entirely on its own
Robotic dog runs (almost) entirely on its own
For his Master's project at EPFL, MickaŽl Achkar compiled data on the movements of dogs to develop a robotic version of the animal that, once set in motion, can run without assistance. Engineers at EPFL's Computational Robot Design & Fabrication Lab (CREATE), headed by Prof. Josie Hughes, are coming up with new ways of building robots possessing never-before-seen capabilities.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 03.08.2023
Robots cause company profits to fall - at least at first
Researchers have found that robots can have a -U-shaped- effect on profits: causing profit margins to fall at first, before eventually rising again. It's important that companies develop new processes at the same time as they are incorporating robots, otherwise they will reach this same pinch point Chander Velu The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, studied industry data from the UK and 24 other European countries between 1995 and 2017, and found that at low levels of adoption, robots have a negative effect on profit margins.

Environment - Microtechnics - 03.08.2023
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Microtechnics - Computer Science - 26.07.2023
Motion To Discover Objects in Videos
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have shown that computer vision systems can more easily detect objects in motion - like a car driving down the street or a person walking in a crosswalk - than stationary objects. Martial Hebert , dean of CMU's School of Computer Science and a professor in the Robotics Institute, and robotics Ph.D.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 26.07.2023
A simpler method for learning to control a robot
Researchers develop a machine-learning technique that can efficiently learn to control a robot, leading to better performance with fewer data. Researchers from MIT and Stanford University have devised a new machine-learning approach that could be used to control a robot, such as a drone or autonomous vehicle, more effectively and efficiently in dynamic environments where conditions can change rapidly.

Microtechnics - 17.07.2023
New skin-like sensors fit almost everywhere
New skin-like sensors fit almost everywhere
Researchers from the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an automatic process for making soft sensors. These universal measurement cells can be attached to almost any kind of object. Applications are envisioned especially in robotics and prosthetics.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 13.07.2023
Researchers help develop smart, 3D printed concrete wall for National Highways
Researchers help develop smart, 3D printed concrete wall for National Highways
Cambridge researchers, working in partnership with industry, have helped develop the first 3D-printed piece of concrete infrastructure to be used on a National Highways project. Making the wall digital means it can speak for itself, and we can use our sensors to understand these 3D-printed structures better and accelerate their acceptance in industry Abir Al-Tabbaa The 3D-printed structure - a type of retaining wall known as a headwall - has been installed on the A30 in Cornwall , where it is providing real-time information thanks to Cambridge-designed sensors embedded in its structure.

Astronomy / Space - Microtechnics - 12.07.2023
Robot team on lunar exploration tour
Robot team on lunar exploration tour
Swiss engineers are training legged robots for future lunar missions that will search for minerals and raw materials. To ensure that the robots can continue to work even if one of them malfunctions, the researchers are teaching them teamwork. On the Moon, there are raw materials that humanity could one day mine and use.

Health - Microtechnics - 07.07.2023
Robot Assisted Surgery: Four Arms Are Better Than Two
Robot Assisted Surgery: Four Arms Are Better Than Two
Researchers at EPFL have developed the first system that enables four-arm laparoscopic surgery by controlling two additional robotic arms via haptic foot interfaces. Roboticists at EPFL have combined multi-limb manipulation with advanced shared control augmentation for an unprecedented advance in the field of laparoscopic surgery.

Microtechnics - Environment - 26.06.2023
FireDrone supports the fire department
FireDrone supports the fire department
Researchers from Empa and Imperial College London are developing a heat-resistant drone that can analyze the source of danger at close range in the event of a building or forest fire. This allows firefighters to optimize the strategy of a high-risk operation before entering the danger zone. Where others rush out, they have to go in: Firefighters put themselves in dangerous situations during rescue operations - sometimes right in the midst of a sea of flames.

Microtechnics - 23.06.2023
Mori3: a polygon shapeshifting robot for space travel
Mori3: a polygon shapeshifting robot for space travel
Jamie Paik and her team of researchers at EPFL's School of Engineering have created an origami-like robot that can change shape, move around and interact with objects and people. By combining inspiration from the digital world of polygon meshing and the biological world of swarm behavior, the Mori3 robot can morph from 2D triangles into almost any 3D object.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 14.06.2023
First Chat-GPT-designed robot
First Chat-GPT-designed robot
Researchers have used Chat-GPT-3 to develop a robotic gripper for harvesting tomatoes, in a first demonstration of the artificial intelligence tool's potential for collaborating with humans on robot design. With their ability to process vast amounts of text data, and to use this information to answer prompts, neural networks known as large language models (LLMs) like Chat-GPT have been making headlines for their potential to change the way we write, learn, and even make art.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 05.06.2023
Robot ’chef’ learns to recreate recipes from watching food videos
Researchers have trained a robotic -chef- to watch and learn from cooking videos, and recreate the dish itself. We wanted to see whether we could train a robot chef to learn in the same incremental way that humans can - by identifying the ingredients and how they go together in the dish Greg Sochacki The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, programmed their robotic chef with a -cookbook- of eight simple salad recipes.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 23.05.2023
An aviary for drone research
An aviary for drone research
They maintain and repair buildings, observe natural phenomena and transport goods: Drones and robots could play a major role in our lives in the future. With the DroneHub, a kind of aviary is to be created in the NEST research and innovation building on the Empa campus in DŁbendorf, where researchers will explore and further develop the interaction of drones, infrastructure and natural habitats together with industrial and academic partners.

Microtechnics - Life Sciences - 08.05.2023
Grasshopping Robots Made Possible with New, Improved Latch Control
It's no problem for animals and insects to jump across grass and sand. Sarah Bergbreiter 's team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found they didn't have to look far to enable robots to take the same leap. "I am interested in how we can build these very functional, very small robots that can move around diverse environments," said Bergbreiter, a professor of mechanical engineering.

Microtechnics - Research Management - 05.05.2023
Smart Artificial Skin in Application Check Stage: TU Graz Researcher Wins ERC Proof of Concept Grant
Smart Artificial Skin in Application Check Stage: TU Graz Researcher Wins ERC Proof of Concept Grant
By Barbara Gigler The smart skin developed by Anna Coclite has many potential applications. With an ERC Proof of Concept Grant, the researcher is exploring its practical applications. Just a few months ago, Anna Maria Coclite and her team from the Institute of Solid State Physics at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) presented the results of their research as part of Coclite's ERC Starting Grant project "SmartCore" .