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Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork
From ICT Results

Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork

New technology developed by European researchers will allow autonomous underwater vehicles to work together as a team. It increases the scope of submarine applications...

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust
From ACM News

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers from Northeastern, MIT and Cornell are using a robot to determine how human strangers develop trust.

From ACM News

Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders' Ring

University of Washington engineers have built an insect-like robot with hundreds of tiny legs. The UW model can carry more than seven times its own weight and move...

Virtual Reality You Can Reach Out and Touch
From ICT Results

Virtual Reality You Can Reach Out and Touch

A team of European researchers has "virtually" teleported real objects through cyberspace, touched things in virtual reality and even felt the movements of a virtual...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
From ACM News

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots
From ACM News

Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots

Would you fly in an airliner knowing there were no pilots in the cockpit? This is no mere hypothetical question. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking...

Lizard-Like Robot Can 'swim' Through Sand
From ACM TechNews

Lizard-Like Robot Can 'swim' Through Sand

Inspired by the sandfish lizard, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are collaborating with Northwestern University's Paul Umbanhowar to develop...

Hop, Jump and Stick
From ACM TechNews

Hop, Jump and Stick

The behavioral laws of insects have the potential to give robots a greater complexity of movement without the need for high computational power, says the Ecole...

Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech
From ACM News

Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech

"Hi, thanks for coming," the medical assistant says, greeting a mother with her 5-year-old son. "Are you here for your child or yourself?" The boy, the mother replies...

Robocup 2010: Could Robot Versus Human Be Far Behind?
From ACM TechNews

Robocup 2010: Could Robot Versus Human Be Far Behind?

The goal of the RoboCup 2010 competition in Singapore is to advance the real-world applications of robotics and eventually to build a robot team that can beat the...

Visions of the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Visions of the Future

ACM joined forces with the British Computer Society to deliver its first academic research conference in Europe.

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality

Advancements in computer vision, object recognition, and related technologies are leading to new levels of sophistication in augmented-reality applications and...

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students
From ACM News

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students

Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of...

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex
From ACM News

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex

Robots are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their variety and use is only growing.

Insects Inspire Robot Design
From ACM News

Insects Inspire Robot Design

Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to cockroaches and guinea hens as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run...

Japan's Creepy Kid Robots Perfect Pals For Chucky
From ACM TechNews

Japan's Creepy Kid Robots Perfect Pals For Chucky

Japanese engineers have created two robots designed to interact with children and mimic human growth. Researchers say the robots could inform cognitive development...

Counterinsurgency Training By 'virtual Human'
From ACM TechNews

Counterinsurgency Training By 'virtual Human'

USC's Institute for Creative Technologies has created virtual humans embedded with artificial intelligence algorithms and video graphics technologies to help them...

Computerized Critics Could Find the Music You'll Like
From ACM TechNews

Computerized Critics Could Find the Music You'll Like

University of California, San Diego artificial intelligence researcher Luke Barrington is developing software that can analyze a piece of music and compile information...

Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning
From ACM News

Japanese Baby-Bot to Shed Light on Human Learning

Japanese researchers have created a baby robot designed to simulate the behavior and development of a real infant in an effort to better understand how humans grow...

Merely Human? That
From ACM News

Merely Human? That

On a Tuesday evening this spring, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, became part man and part machine. About 40 people, all gathered here at a NASA campus for...
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