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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) Program

CPS refers to the integration of computational and physical resources to realize engineered systems that far exceed today's systems in autonomy, functionality, efficiency, usability, safety, and reliability. Examples of such systems and applications include smart homes, intelligent transport and energy systems, nano-scale precision manufacturing systems. An important component of CPS are robots that can interact intelligently with its environment based on embedded computation and communication, real-time control, and perception of the world around them. Examples of CPS robotic systems are robots for assisted living in smart-homes, telemedicine, telesurgery, robot swarms for exploration and emergency response.

In the U.S. NSF's Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and Engineering (ENG) are funding the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) program with $5M because of its scientific and technological importance as well as its potential impact on grand challenges in a number of sectors critical to U.S. security and competitiveness, including aerospace, automotive, chemical production, civil infrastructure, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, materials and transportation.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dagstuhl seminar 2009 - Cognition, Control and Learning for Robot Manipulation in Human Environments

The seminar will be held from 16.08.2009 to 21.08.2009 at castle Dagstuhl, Germany. The goal of the seminar is to make significant progress towards closing the gap between human and robot manipulation in uncertain environments inhabited by humans. The event is sponsored by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.

The German Workshop on Robotics 2009

The German Workshop on Robotics 2009 in Braunschweig June 9-10 will bring together roboticists from academia and industry working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, design and analysis of robotic systems as well as robotic applications. Contributions from researchers in all German-speaking countries as well as from the international robotics community are solicited in all areas of robotics.
The conference will be single-track to allow all attendees to experience and to discuss superior research results in all areas of robotics. To ensure high quality, a highly selective review process will lead to the final program.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Danish Robotics Consortium

The Danish Technological Institute, Centre for Robot Technology has in cooperation with a line of companies, just recently, forwarded an application to the board of Research and Innovation, to fund a new ground-breaking innovation consortium: Exoskeleton.
Exoskeletons, also known as power suits are an example of Human Robot Integration (HRI), which refers to humans and robots being closely connected. A form of integration, which can help humans with rehabilitation or increase the life quality of physically impaired.
Besides the Danish Technological Institute and Centre for Robot technology, the Consortium behind Exoskeleton consists of Ergolet, Giben, Scandinavia, Invacare, Guldmann, Wolturnus, Vitaris and Robocluster.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Robots for telemedicine and fire fighting

The sixth annual RoboBusiness Conference and Expo in Boston focused on personal, service and mobile robotics. CCS Robotics has also developed a mobile robot called RoboRounder™ that can be facilitate for tele-medicine. A doctor in Sweden can visit patients in USA without the need for on-site assistance. Once connected over the internet or via 3G wireless link, simply tell the RoboRounder to go to a specific room. Manual driving and camera control can be used once the robot has arrived at the patient's bedside. Fully integrated medical records, charts, and tele-stration are visible to the patient and family members via the robot's large 17" LCD. Telemetry and medical instrument integration allows instant access to the patient's status as well as 2-Way video conferencing. The ultimate accessory to the Apple iPhone, RoboRounder™ can also be used for remote sales, engineering, supervision, and teaching.

Segway introduced a new robot based on the RMP 400 robotic platform and can move at 18 miles an hour while carrying up to 400 pounds. It is also armed with a water cannon than can fire 10 gallons of liquid per second. Segway envisions the robot being used for mostly fighting forest fires, but also a small amount to be used for crowd control. Segway has stated an experimentell project called P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) to develop next generation personell tranportation system.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

German AMaRob Project

At the Institute of Automation (IAT) University of Bremen researchers develop the next generation rehabilitation robotic systems based on the experiences from former robotarm platforms. The AMaRob project research goal is to support elderly and handicapped people in ADL (activities of daily living) tasks for at least 1.5 contiguous hours.

The AMaRob project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Science, BMBF, in the scope of an innovation program in the field of service robotics. The project executing organization for the BMBF is the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt / German Aerospace Center).

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Queen´s Award for Snake-arm robot

The UK company Oliver Crispin Robotics Ltd (OC Robotics), one of the leading commercial manufacturers of snake-arm robots in the world has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a UK company. Snake-arm robots are flexible robotic arms which have many joints so they can "follow their nose" into confined spaces. Snake-arm robots are used in the aerospace sector (automated assembly of aircraft), security (robotics for counter-terrorism), nuclear (decommissioning and asset management), and other inspection and maintenance industries.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

iPhone Lego Robotics navigation

This robot demonstrates iPhone to Lego Robotics communication via the Safari web browser and the Lego NXT Light Sensor

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

South Korean Robotland Project

The South Korean government has ambitous goals for its robotics industry. According to plans the global market share will have increased from today´s 8% to 20% by the year 2018. The government is promoting the deveopment of intelligent robots that will offer quality of life improvements and companionship for the aging population. The government is offering promotion of robotics-related activities in the country, encouraging the establishment of technical and safety standards in the industry, and making strategic investments in companies and programs that will help meet their goal.

In July 2012 a new 188-acre Robotland themepark in the city of Incheon will open to attract tourists and businesses all over the world. Roboland will include a shopping area, and a R&D business district in a Free Economic Zone.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Japanese Robotics Research Group Reorganized

The Intelligent Systems Research Institute (IS) at the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST, has reorganized a new research group on April 1, 2009. The IS Research Institute is a research institute consisting of researchers from artificial intelligence and intelligent robotics fields and promotes various researches and research projects under the control of a director, and deputy directors with research groups dynamically organized. Furthermore, IS is active to promote joint research projects within academic, industrial, and government circles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

IPod Robotics Interface

Willow Garage founded 2006 develops non-military hardware and open source software for personal robotic applications. The latest project uses an iPod Touch, a high-quality display with different modes of interaction, to operate a mobile robot. The project is still a work in progress/proof of concept, but the developers hope in the coming months to make it a stable platform for ROS development.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Robotic Mower sends SOS message

The new Automower® 260 ACX from Swedish Husqvarna can send a text message to its owners mobile phone should anything disturb the operation. Like all Husqvarna’s robotic mowers, it charges and operates itself without need for supervision. , 260 ACX . Thanks to 6000 m² (1.4 acre) capacity, low noise level and no requirement of labour, Automower® 260 ACX is perfectly suited for use in quiet environments such as hospitals, hotels and leisure facilities, and office locations. Day or night, rain or shine, it simply gets on with the mowing, leaving you free to get on with managing your business.