New framework enables human-robot interaction for broader access to deep sea scientific exploration

Scientific exploration of the deep ocean has largely remained inaccessible to most people because of barriers to access due to infrastructure, training, and physical ability requirements for at-sea oceanographic research. Now, a new and innovative framework for oceanographic research provides a way for shore-based scientists, citizen scientists, and the general public to seamlessly observe and … Read more

Efficient single-winged aerial robots with reduced energy consumption

Flying robotic systems have already proved to be highly promising for tackling numerous real-world problems, including explorations of remote environments, the delivery of packages in inaccessible sites, and searches for survivors of natural disasters. In recent years, roboticists and computer scientists have introduced a multitude of aerial vehicle designs, each with distinct advantages and features. … Read more

Mobile robots get a leg up from a more-is-better communications principle

Adding legs to robots that have minimal awareness of the environment around them can help the robots operate more effectively in difficult terrain, my colleagues and I found. We were inspired by mathematician and engineer Claude Shannon’s communication theory about how to transmit signals over distance. Instead of spending a huge amount of money to … Read more

Cutting-edge UAV technology: New method for dynamic target tracking in GPS-denied environments

A study published in Engineering introduces a novel image-based visual servoing (IBVS) method for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to track dynamic targets in GPS-denied environments. Titled “Dynamic Target Tracking of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Under Unpredictable Disturbances,” the research article presents a comprehensive approach that addresses the challenges of estimating target velocities, image depth estimation, and … Read more

Training robotic arms with a hands-off approach

Humans often take their fine motor abilities for granted. Recreating the mechanical precision of the human body is no easy task—one that graduate students in CMU’s Mechanical Engineering Department hope to simplify through artificial intelligence. Ph.D. candidates Alison Bartch and Abraham George, under the guidance of Amir Barati Farimani, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, first … Read more

Deep-learning-assisted underwater 3D tactile tensegrity

With the advancement of ocean detection technology, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) have become an indispensable tool for exploring unknown underwater environments. However, existing sensors cannot enable AUVs to identify the environment in narrow spaces where optical or sonic reflection problems may occur. In a recent publication in Research, a study presented the design of an … Read more

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. “Detecting and sensing our environment is essential … Read more