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  • An algorithm for optimizing the cost and efficiency of human-robot collaborative assembly lines
    Robots are rapidly making their way into a variety of settings, including industrial and manufacturing facilities. So far, they have shown great potential for speeding up and automating a number of manufacturing processes by substituting or assisting human workers on assembly lines. To be adopted on a large scale, however, robots for manufacturing should be both efficient and relatively affordable.

  • Taking the lab into the ocean: A fleet of robots tracks and monitors microbial communities
    Researchers from MBARI, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, after years of development and testing, have successfully demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a moving microbial community in an open-ocean eddy. The results of this research effort were recently published in Science Robotics.

  • Fish-inspired robots coordinate movements without any outside control
    Schools of fish exhibit complex, synchronized behaviors that help them find food, migrate and evade predators. No one fish or team of fish coordinates these movements nor do fish communicate with each other about what to do next. Rather, these collective behaviors emerge from so-called implicit coordination—individual fish making decisions based on what they see their neighbors doing.

  • Wielding a laser beam deep inside the body
    Minimally invasive surgeries in which surgeons gain access to internal tissues through natural orifices or small external excisions are common practice in medicine. They are performed for problems as diverse as delivering stents through catheters, treating abdominal complications, and performing transnasal operations at the skull base in patients with neurological conditions.

  • How to keep drones flying when a motor fails
    Robotics researchers at the University of Zurich show how onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably—even without GPS.

  • Samsung robot feeds you and helps with the laundry
    AI is making stunning inroads in the fields of medicine and science. It is helping to cure disease, combat global warming, grow crops and provide cleaner, cheaper energy.

  • CES 2021: The robots are still coming. These are some of the best ones on the way
    Even though the event is virtual, CES delivers no shortage of big screens or nifty gadgets. But let’s be real: both of those are lame compared to the robots.

  • Pandemic's robot 'heroes' highlight their value at tech show
    Robots that helped people survive and stay safe over the past year are touting their value at the tech industry’s annual extravaganza amid a pandemic which has given fresh momentum to the robotics sector.

  • Robot displays a glimmer of empathy to a partner robot
    Like a longtime couple who can predict each other’s every move, a Columbia Engineering robot has learned to predict its partner robot’s future actions and goals based on just a few initial video frames.

  • Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter
    Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering.

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