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The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Seth Hutchinson as the new executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM). Hutchinson is a professor and KUKA Chair for Robotics in Georgia Tech’s College of Computing and has served as associate director of IRIM.
Machine Learning Center at Georgia Tech, Dec 17, 2018
At their October meeting in Madrid, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) elected Seth Hutchinson to serve as its president-elect under current president Wolfram Burgard.
Forbes, Nov 29, 2018
Sam Coogan has been appointed to the Demetrius T. Paris Junior Professorship, effective December 1, 2018.
A new study demonstrates the physics that elephants use to feed themselves the massive quantities of leaves, fruit and roots needed to sustain their multi-ton bodies.
The Georgia Tech robotics community is growing. During the last two years, ten new faculty members in different colleges joined Georgia Tech and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.
Futurism, Oct 11, 2018
Postdoctoral Services, Oct 1, 2018
ECE and CEE Assistant Professor Sam Coogan has been chosen for an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award.
Physics Today, Oct 1, 2018
manilastandard.net, Sep 29, 2018
Laboratory News, Sep 28, 2018
Laboratory News, Sep 25, 2018
Georgia Tech hosts a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. about the emerging debate on ethics and robotics.
ZDNet, Sep 19, 2018
Facebook—GTrobotics, Aug 27, 2018
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aug 23, 2018
For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done. Just as too many cooks in a kitchen get in each other’s way, having too many robots in tunnels creates clogs that can bring the work to a grinding halt.
Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy is an ideal place to study tough problems, says graduate student Ed Barker. That includes the shortage of STEM teachers, which he's taking on in his studies, and with the championship robotics team he mentors.
CNET, May 23, 2018
A robot at the Georgia Institute of Technology is successfully sliding hospital gowns on people’s arms. The machine doesn’t use its eyes as it pulls the cloth. Instead, it relies on the forces it feels as it guides the garment onto a person’s hand, around the elbow and onto the shoulder.
Dr. Magnus Egerstedt has been appointed as the new Steve W. Chaddick School Chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, effective August 1.
Fast Company, May 3, 2018
Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, May 2, 2018
Vanity Fair, Apr 25, 2018
Georgia Tech Research Horizons, Apr 16, 2018
Georgia Tech Institute Communications, Apr 8, 2018
Ayanna Howard was one of five extraordinary women featured in the TechMAKERS initiative during the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference in Austin, Texas.
Machine learning has been around for decades, but the advent of big data and more powerful computers has increased its impact significantly. Georgia Tech researchers are advancing both basic and applied science involved.
Shimon, the marimba playing robot, will perform at this Friday's Rise Up, Robots event.
The Medium, Mar 1, 2018
Quanta Magazine, Feb 15, 2018
PC Magazine, Jan 22, 2018
Four Georgia Tech faculty members were named IEEE Fellows, effective January 1, 2018. They are BME Professor Jaydev Desai, ECE Professors Saibal Mukhopadhyay and Justin Romberg, and GTRI Senior Research Engineer Kevin James “Jim” Sangston.
College of Computing, Jan 10, 2018
ISyE Assistant Professor Yao Xie has been working with the Atlanta Police Department to create an algorithm that finds connections between crime incidents.
Medgadget, Dec 26, 2017
ECE Assistant Professor Sam Coogan received the IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Best Paper Award at the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, which took place December 12-15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
Luke Skywalker’s bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren’t possible with current commercially available devices.
Ayanna Howard named chair of School of Interactive Computing.
Huffington Post, Nov 15, 2017
Last Halloween, Sonia Chernova hardly left her doorstep in Decatur, Georgia, handing out candy to a constant stream of kids. This year, she put an autonomous robot on the porch to do it for her. It gave out 1,000 pieces in three hours to hundreds of kids.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded an alliance headed by the University of Pennsylvania a five-year, $27 million grant to develop new methods of creating autonomous, intelligent and resilient teams of robots.
The Courier Mail, Oct 13, 2017
Luke Drnach and Katelyn Fry met through a first-of-its-kind traineeship in health care robotics offered by Georgia Tech and Emory University.
ECE Professor Ayanna M. Howard has been named as a recipient of the Walker’s Legacy Power25 Atlanta Awards.
Robotic Industries Association, Sep 26, 2017
Michael Jeffries, a research technologist in the Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), has turned his hobby of robot building and battling into a turn on ABC’s BattleBots.
Advancing research in medical robotics to improve patient quality of life
The Robotarium held its grand opening on Tuesday in the Van Leer Building. Appropriately, a scissor-wielding robot (named Snips) cut the ribbon. Later, a researcher from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign skyped into the room to run a live remote experiment.
This month Georgia Tech opens the Robotarium, a $2.5 million lab funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Office of Naval Research. The 725-square-foot facility houses nearly 100 rolling and flying swarm robots that are accessible to anyone. Researchers from around the globe can write their own computer programs, upload them, then get the results as the Georgia Tech machines carry out the commands. The researcher later receives video and data from the experiment.
WebWire, Aug 16, 2017
The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) announced its new board members, including the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machine’s (IRIM) Gary McMurray.
Woodworking Network, Aug 3, 2017
Business Today: India, Aug 1, 2017
The human brain's computational might is the envy of computer engineers, and emulating it is coming a step closer thanks to new nanomaterials. Georgia Tech research engineers have created next-generation brain-mimmicking memory via "memristors" to underly processing "neuristors." The engineers are using them to make an artificially intelligent retina that could spot enemy aircraft or find missing children.
Ph.D. candidate from Jaydev Desai’s robotics lab earns top honor for best student paper
IEEE Spectrum, Jul 27, 2017
As a toddler Brittney English would duck walk under her father’s car and watch in fascination as he changed the oil. The first time she held a power drill was at the age of three under the tutelage of her grandfather as he built a set of bookshelves. A few years later, she began squirreling away nuts and bolts, saving them in a jar like precious treasure.
Research Horizons, Jul 12, 2017
Researchers have created a device that makes walking up and down stairs easier. They’ve built energy-recycling stairs that store a user’s energy during descent and return energy to the user during ascent.
Fire ants use their bodies to construct Eiffel Tower-looking structures when they run into a tall obstruction while looking for food or escaping to new areas. A new study suggests that they build these structures without a leader or coordinated effort. Each ant wanders around aimlessly, adhering to a certain set of rules, until it unknowingly participates in the construction of a tower several inches tall.
CNN Money, Jun 22, 2017
The Boeing Manufacturing Development Center works to implement automation in industrial applications. It is one of 17 corporate innovation centers on Georgia Tech’s campus.
Farm Journal Media, Jun 22, 2017
Gary McMurray testified before the Senate Committee on Agricultural, Nutrition and Forestry Thursday. McMurray leads the Food Processing Technology Division at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Researchers fed a robot nearly 5,000 complete songs — from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis — and more than 2 million motifs, riffs and licks of music. The four-armed, marimba-playing machine is using deep learning to write and play its own music.
ECE Ph.D. student Maria Santos has been chosen for a La Caixa Fellowship for Graduate Studies in North America.
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard is featured in Atlanta magazine's Women Making a Mark.
An interdisciplinary team of graduate students and faculty from the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) won the Best Multi-Robot Systems Paper Award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jun 1, 2017
Georgia Tech’s participation at ICRA 2017 is among the top ten of all institutions represented at the conference, ranking among nearly 3,000 of the world's leading roboticists contributing to 953 papers.
Forbes, May 24, 2017
1843 Magazine, The Economist, May 17, 2017
Motherboard, May 15, 2017
Engadget, May 15, 2017
A new interface designed by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers allows users to simply point and click on an item, then choose a grasp, to control a robot remotely.
In what may have been the first aerial encounter of its kind, researchers recently pitted two swarms of autonomous aircraft against one another over a military test facility. While the friendly encounter may not have qualified as an old-fashioned dogfight, it provided the first example of a live engagement between two swarms of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), and allowed the two teams to demonstrate different combat tactics in flight.
A talented trio of Georgia Tech students will go down in history as the first team to win the Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship.
Johns Hopkins’ Gregory S. Chirikjian will join IRIM as its first Visiting Faculty Fellow on Monday, April 17.
Associate Dean for Research Nancey Green Leigh answered a few questions about the future of robotics at the College of Design and Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech, Apr 10, 2017
Georgia Tech, Apr 7, 2017
DiscoverE Engineering, Apr 5, 2017
The Guardian, Apr 4, 2017
College of Sciences Website, Mar 23, 2017
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been selected as one of Atlanta magazine’s 2017 Women Making a Mark, a distinction reserved for a select group of women working to grow and strengthen the metro Atlanta community.
Inverse, Mar 8, 2017
The Atlantic, Mar 7, 2017
College of Computing Website, Feb 24, 2017
Datamation, Feb 15, 2017
Georgia Tech ECE Website, Feb 10, 2017
BME Website, Feb 1, 2017
The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) recently announced its new board members, including the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machine’s (IRIM) Larry Sweet.
CGTN TV, Jan 21, 2017
EIN Presswire, Jan 17, 2017
Black Enterprise Magazine, Jan 15, 2017
WDEF-TV 12, Jan 15, 2017
Design News, Jan 9, 2017
CBS News, Dec 2, 2016
GTRI Website, Nov 21, 2016
Georgia Tech graduate student Vivian Chu joins a distinguished group of roboticists named on Robohub’s 2016 list of “25 Women In Robotics You Need To Know About.
Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Oct 27, 2016
IRIM’s new lecture series, the Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs, features preeminent scholars in fields of significance to robotics. The visiting lecturers, in addition to presenting seminars on topics relevant to robots in the workplace, participate in informal discussions with Georgia Tech faculty and students.
For scientists listening in on the faint whispers of brain neurons, a first-ever robotic technique for cleaning the tiny devices that record the signals could facilitate a new level of automation in neuroscience research. That could accelerate the gathering of information used to map the functions of brain cells and ultimately provide a better understanding what’s going on between our ears.
Do cyborgs really need to eat? Granted, there’s no practical way to answer this question at the moment, but with robotics technology improving rapidly each year, the question of fuel sources is a fascinating one. Is organic fuel for cyborgs a necessity? Couldn’t they just power up throughout the day by plugging in a USB or a charger? ECE Professor Ayanna Howard was one of the scientists game enough to lend their knowledge and experience to speculate on this topic.
Nancey Green Leigh is the principal investigator of a new $784,887 grant from the NSF National Robotics Initiative to study the U.S. robotics industry and the economic impacts of robotics technology.
Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal, Oct 3, 2016
Robotics — as interpreted broadly — is of strategic importance to the Georgia Institute of Technology, and we are continuing to grow our faculty in this dynamic area.
This year we have a number of faculty openings across campus, including in multiple units in the College of Engineering and the College of Computing's School of Interactive Computing.
New algorithms allow any number of robots to move within inches of each other, without colliding, to complete their task — swapping locations on his lab floor. They are the first researchers to create such minimally invasive safety algorithms.
The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machine’s Sonia Chernova is one of eight university researchers nationwide selected by NASA to receive the 2016 Early Career Faculty Award (ECF) in the Space Technology Research Grants program.
College of Computing at Georgia Tech, Aug 25, 2016
ScienceDaily, Aug 1, 2016
The Georgia Institute of Technology today announced the appointment of Magnus Egerstedt as the new executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM).
The videos cover an extended period of time and offer a behind-the-scenes look at different aspects of the earlier days of unmanned vehicle and other robotics research conducted across multiple institutions, companies, and funding agencies.
Researchers have created what they say is the most efficient-walking humanoid ever. While most machines these days are hunched at the waist and plod along on flat feet, DURUS strolls like a person. It lands on the heel of its foot, rolls through the step and pushes off its toe. It’s even outfitted with a pair of size-13 shoes.
Los Angeles Times, Jul 8, 2016
UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, Jul 7, 2016
When early terrestrial animals began moving about on mud and sand 360 million years ago, the powerful tails they used as fish may have been more important than scientists previously realized. That’s one conclusion from a new study of African mudskipper fish and a robot modeled on the animal.
Huffington Post, Jun 6, 2016
Re/Code, Jun 2, 2016
IEEE Spectrum, Jun 1, 2016
Hammond research focused on creating wearable, useable devices for humans
A Georgia Institute of Technology research team has devised a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits. The approach could help make self-driving cars of the future safer under hazardous road conditions.
Quartz, May 20, 2016
IEEE Spectrum, May 20, 2016
IEEE Spectrum, May 18, 2016
PC Magazine, May 13, 2016
Professor Ashok Goel uses IBM's Watson platform to design Jill Watson, a virtual teaching assistant. She was one of nine TAs in Goel's artificial intelligence online course. He surprised his students at the end of the semester; no one guessed she wasn't a human.
The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2016
NPR WABE 90.1, May 3, 2016
NPR, Apr 29, 2016
Research Horizons, Apr 21, 2016
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Apr 21, 2016
Emory News Center, Apr 6, 2016
Flash Forward, Apr 5, 2016
Quartz, Apr 4, 2016
The Daily Dot, Apr 1, 2016
Popular Science, Mar 24, 2016
RollingStone, Mar 10, 2016
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the A. Nico Habermann Award, given by the Computing Research Association (CRA).
InnovatioNews, Mar 2, 2016
New Scientist, Feb 29, 2016
The rapid pace of artificial intelligence (AI) has raised fears about whether robots could act unethically to harm humans. But how can robots learn ethical behavior if there is no “user manual” for being human? Researchers Mark Riedl and Brent Harrison from the School of Interactive Computing believe the answer lies in “Quixote” – unveiled at the AAAI-16 Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. (Feb. 12 – 17).
New York Times, Feb 11, 2016
University Business Magazine, Feb 1, 2016
We are pleased to announce that five faculty members have been competitively selected as participants in the Georgia Tech - JPL summer 2016 faculty collaboration program sponsored by the Georgia Tech Center for Space Technology and Research and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Black Enterprise Magazine, Jan 14, 2016
The Georgia Institute of Technology is building a new lab that will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely. Researchers from other universities, as well as middle and high school students, will schedule experiments, upload their own programming code, watch the robots in real-time via streamed video feeds and receive scientific data demonstrating the results.
GT News, Dec 3, 2015
Research Horizons, Dec 1, 2015
In June 2014, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and CNN launched a joint research initiative to study the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for newsgathering. In January 2015, CNN signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to share the results of the research. The project is now gaining momentum as researchers shift their focus from evaluating UAV equipment to developing potential protocols for safe operations.
Priyam Parashar, a first-year student in the Robotics Ph.D. Program at Georgia Tech, received the first Georgia Robotics Fellowship, established earlier this year by local non-profit Georgia Robotics.
IEEE Spectrum, Oct 14, 2015
Researchers have identified a way to teach robots how to fall with grace and without serious damage. The new algorithm tells a robot how to react to a wide variety of falls – from a single step to recover from a gentle nudge, to a rolling motion that breaks a high-speed fall. As a result, robots can minimize the damage or injury they might cause to themselves or others while falling by learning the best sequence of movements to slow their momentum.
Having a light touch can make a hefty difference in how well animals and robots move across challenging granular surfaces such as snow, sand and leaf litter. Research shows how the design of appendages – whether legs or wheels – affects the ability of both robots and animals to cross weak and flowing surfaces.
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University faculty members are uniting to train the next generation of engineering students in healthcare robotics technologies, so they can better understand the changing needs of patients and their caregivers and healthcare providers.
GT Robotics, Sep 28, 2015
Boston Globe, Sep 24, 2015
GT School of Aerospace Engineering, Sep 13, 2015
Quartz, Sep 10, 2015
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been named to The Root 100 2015, a list of 100 African-Americans ages 25 to 45 who are responsible for the year’s most significant moments, movements, and ideas.
Discovery News, Sep 9, 2015
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new artificially intelligent system that crowdsources plots for interactive stories, which are popular in video games and let players choose different branching story options.
As an undergraduate computer engineering major, English joined the Opportunity Research Scholars (ORS) program. Now English’s graduate research is an ORS project and she is mentoring a fresh new crop of undergraduates.
Ayanna Howard has been appointed to the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Chair in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective August 17.
GT Computing, Aug 12, 2015
Popular Mechanics, Jul 28, 2015
A team of robots and researchers from Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology is headed to Washington, D.C., to play a concert at the historic Kennedy Center. Professor Gil Weinberg and his machines, Shimon and three Shimi robots, will perform July 22 on the Center’s Millennium Stage. The performance is part of the Smithsonian Institution and Kennedy Center’s 25/40 celebration, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 40th year of VSA, the international organization on arts and disability.
TechCrunch, Jul 12, 2015
ECE Professor Magnus Egerstedt has been named the recipient of the 2015 John R. Ragazzini Education Award from the American Automatic Control Council.
Washington Post, Jul 1, 2015
PCWorld, Jun 30, 2015
RIA Robotics Online, Jun 25, 2015
Food Online, Jun 19, 2015
The Christian Science Monitor, Jun 17, 2015
IEEE Spectrum, Jun 16, 2015
Business Insider, Jun 14, 2015
90.1 FM WABE, Jun 10, 2015
CNBC, Jun 3, 2015
Wall Street Journal, Jun 2, 2015
Google, May 29, 2015
GT Robotics, May 26, 2015
Daily Mail, May 21, 2015
BBC News, May 20, 2015
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been named as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider.
GT News, May 18, 2015
Today Show, May 15, 2015
Consumer Electronics Association I3, May 15, 2015
Fox News, May 12, 2015
GT News, May 12, 2015
AUVSI, May 7, 2015
New Scientist, May 7, 2015
The Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2015
RIA, Apr 30, 2015
TedEd, Apr 7, 2015
GT News, Apr 6, 2015
CNET, Apr 3, 2015
GT News, Apr 2, 2015
GT Research News, Mar 24, 2015
Electronic Urban Report, Mar 4, 2015
Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines announces its new Industrial Partners Program (IP2), designed exclusively for companies that may benefit from the development and implementation of robotics solutions.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb 13, 2015
WABE, Feb 2, 2015
Wired, Jan 26, 2015
Popular Science, Jan 23, 2015
Mashable, Jan 23, 2015
Mashable, Jan 21, 2015
The Washington Post, Jan 21, 2015
USA Today, Jan 15, 2015
The New York TImes, Jan 14, 2015
The New York Times, Jan 14, 2015
Politico, Jan 12, 2015
CBS News, Dec 30, 2014
Live Science, Dec 2, 2014
At Georgia Tech, robots are teaming up with humans to perform tasks in manufacturing, health care, national defense and other areas.
ABC Action News, Nov 23, 2014
Carriage Trade PR, Nov 23, 2014
Scientific American, Nov 21, 2014
BBC News, Nov 21, 2014
Gizmag, Nov 17, 2014
National Defense Industrial Association, Nov 14, 2014
NBC News (Today.com), Nov 14, 2014
Georgia Tech College of Computing, Nov 14, 2014
United States Army, Nov 3, 2014
Asbury Park Press, Oct 27, 2014
BBC, Oct 29, 2014
USA Today, Oct 29, 2014
Popular Science, Oct 22, 2014
Robohub, Oct 15, 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded nearly $3 million to fund projects led by Georgia Tech robotics researchers. The principal investigators (PIs) and co-PIs for these projects represent three of the Institute’s six colleges, plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).
GMA News Online, Sep 22, 2014
GT News Center, Sep 22, 2014
GT News Center, Sep 18, 2014
Startup.Directory, Sep 16, 2014
The Washington Post, Sep 3, 2014
The Huffington Post, Sep 3, 2014
The New York Times, Sep 1, 2014
Machine Design, Aug 14, 2014
The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) has announced that ECE Professor Ayanna Howard will receive the prestigious A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award.
Georgia Tech College of Computing, Aug 7, 2014
TechCrunch, Jul 21, 2014
TakePart, Jul 17, 2014
A week after the World Cup title game in Rio de Janeiro, teams from 45 countries will face off at RoboCup about 1,200 miles away in the Brazilian coastal town of João Pessoa.
Georgia Tech researchers have created a functional MRI-compatible hemiparesis rehab device that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. It is designed to assist stroke victims.
Forbes, Jul 14, 2014
The Auburn Plainsman, Jul 12, 2014
Georgia Tech News Center, Jul 10, 2014
With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities.
IEEE Spectrum, Jul 8, 2014
NBC News, Jul 6, 2014
The ways in which animals are helping Georgia Tech researchers transform the world.
Business Insider, Jun 23, 2014
Tesca Fitzgerald, who begins her second year in the College of Computing's Computer Science Ph.D. program this fall, is one of 11 women featured in Google’s new Made with Code initiative to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once.
Robotics Tomorrow, Jun 18, 2014
Saporta Report, Jun 7, 2014
Three teams will travel to Michigan, Brazil and Canada for competitions.
The Fiscal Times, May 15, 2014
The Atlantic, May 14, 2014
The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2014
NBC News, May 12, 2014
BBC News, May 9, 2014
Assistant Professor Mike Stilman, recognized as an emerging leader in humanoid robotics research, died following an apparent accident at his Atlanta home on Tuesday, May 6.
MIT Technology Review, Apr 23, 2014
Consumer Electronics Net, Apr 22, 2014
NPR’s On The Media, Apr 18, 2014
Robotics Online, Apr 16, 2014
Simons Foundation Quanta Magazine, Apr 9, 2014
Business Insider, Apr 10, 2014
New Scientist, Apr 9, 2014
The Guardian, Apr 5, 2014
MIT Technology Review, Apr 4, 2014
Georgia Public Broadcasting, Apr 3, 2014
EdSurge, Mar 31, 2014
IEEE Spectrum, Mar 28, 2014
When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite’s surface could have jump-started life’s first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to directly analyze these rough, irregularly shaped surfaces. A new robotic system at Georgia Tech’s Center for Chemical Evolution could soon let scientists better simulate and analyze the chemical reactions of early Earth on the surface of real rocks to further test this theory.
MIT Technology Review, Mar 25, 2014
Popular Science, Mar 19, 2014
Live Science, Mar 18, 2014
Robotics Trends, Mar 18, 2014
FOX 5 News Atlanta, Mar 12, 2014
Atlanta Magazine, Mar 4, 2014
The New York Times, Mar 1, 2014
MIT Technology Review, Feb 20, 2014
Good Day Atlanta (Fox 5), Feb 20, 2014
VIBE, Feb 13, 2014
IRI Intros Q&A: Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM)
You’ve probably heard that Georgia Tech has a number of Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) – but do you know much about them?
This article is one in a series of Q&As to introduce the Tech community to the 10 IRIs and their leaders. In this installment, Executive Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) Henrik Christensen answers questions about IRIM and also talks about its efforts to support Georgia Tech faculty and students.
GreenBiz.com, Feb 4, 2014
The Verge, Jan 28, 2014
Georgia Tech was one of the first nodes in the NSF's I-Corps program, which helps faculty members commercialize research discoveries. A dozen teams from Georgia Tech have now completed the program, and several companies have resulted.
School of Aerospace Engineering Website, Jan 16, 2014
CNET, Jan 16, 2014
IEEE Spectrum, Jan 16, 2014
Using arm sensors that can “read” a person’s muscle movements, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a control system that makes robots more intelligent. The sensors send information to the robot, allowing it to anticipate a human’s movements and correct its own. The system is intended to improve time, safety and efficiency in manufacturing plants.
Robotic Industries Association (Robotics Online), Jan 10, 2014
Huffington Post, Mar 21, 2014
PAGE ONE Magazine, Mar 1, 2014
Sloan Science and Film, Feb 27, 2014
Nanowerk, Feb 3, 2014
The New York Times, Dec 17, 2013
Tech News Network, Dec 13, 2013
Georgia Tech faculty continue to be recognized as among the most respected in their field. Last month, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named four — in biology, computing and engineering — to its 2013 class of fellows
Government Technology, Dec 12, 2013
Reuters TV, Dec 12, 2013
LiveScience, Dec 6, 2013
Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dec 5, 2013
PaR Systems Website, Dec 4, 2013
ABC News, Dec 4, 2013
CBS News, Dec 2, 2013
ABC News, Dec 2, 2013
The Huffington Post, Nov 30, 2013
New York Times, Nov 24, 2013
Fox Atlanta, Nov 15, 2013
Mobiledia, Nov 22, 2013
Metro Atlanta Chamber, Nov 7, 2013
Forbes, Nov 6, 2013
The Georgia Institute of Technology has announced the launch of its Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), the newest of Georgia Tech’s ten Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs). IRIM brings together robotics researchers from across campus—spanning colleges, departments and individual labs—to support and connect research initiatives, enhance educational programs and foster advances for the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), first announced by President Obama in 2011, and officially established in 2012.
Robotics Business Review, Nov 1, 2013
Anthony J. Yezzi has been named as the Julian T. Hightower Chair Professor, effective October 1.
The New York Times, Oct 28, 2013
The Georgia Institute of Technology has received a five-year $4.6 million grant to increase understanding of the aging process for people with disabilities and use data gleaned from the study to develop technologies that will benefit them and others.
National Science Foundation, Oct 24, 2013
NerdScholar, Oct 21, 2013
Scientific American, Oct 18, 2013
Robohub, Oct 15, 2013
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older and younger people have varying preferences about what they would want a personal robot to look like. And they change their minds based on what the robot is supposed to do.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded funding for four robotics projects with applications in various innovative areas.
DNA India, Aug 31, 2013
Assistant Professor Mike Stilman of the School of Interactive Computing has been selected for a 2013 Young Faculty Award by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA).
Emory Magazine, Aug 30, 2013
Bloomberg, Jul 28, 2013
ECE Professor Magnus Egerstedt has been named as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
With a new type of engineering class, ECE Professor Magnus Egerstedt has a chance to educate thousands. Can he pull it off?
A multi-university team that includes Georgia Tech's Mike Stilman has been advanced to the next round of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge.
ECE's Erin Hanson has received a scholarship under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Defense.
RedOrbit, Jun 24, 2013
Antenna technology originally developed to quickly send and receive information through a software-defined military radio may soon be used to transmit ocean data from a wave-powered autonomous surface vehicle. The technology, the lowest-power method for maintaining a satellite uplink, automatically compensates for the movement of the antenna as the boat bobs around on the ocean surface.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Stars and Stripes, Jun 7, 2013
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been appointed as a member of the 2014-2015 Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), a program directed by the Institute for Defense Analyses and sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
What do swimmers like trout, eels and sandfish lizards have in common? According to a new study, the similar timing patterns that these animals use to contract their muscles and produce undulatory swimming motions can be explained using a simple model. Scientists have now applied the new model to understand the connection between electrical signals and body movement in the sandfish.
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard and two of her Ph.D. students, Hae Won Park and Richard Coogle, took the first place prize at the DARwIn-OP Humanoids Application Challenge at the 2013 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013).
The Daily Beast, May 30, 2013
DARPA, May 20, 2013
Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar to people living in the southern United States.
New York Times: Bits, May 19, 2013
NBC News, May 13, 2013
President's Update, May 9, 2013
Based on a Georgia Institute of Technology study, it appears that the healthcare providers will welcome robots into the workplace. y may be welcomed with open arms depending on the tasks at hand.
Robots are now able to intelligently maneuver within clutter, gently making contact with objects while accomplishing a task, thanks to technology developed by Dr. Charlie Kemp and the Healthcare Robotics Lab.
The New York Times, Apr 28, 2013
Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch, provide better security in handwritten signatures and offer new ways for humans to interact with electronic devices.
Emory Extension Magazine, Apr 23, 2013
Based on a study of both hatchling sea turtles and "FlipperBot" -- a robot with flippers -- researchers have learned principles for how both robots and turtles move on granular surfaces such as sand.
Reuters TV, Apr 22, 2013
In a recent interview with Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations,” In a recent interview with Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations,” Henrik Christensen, director of the Robotics & Intelligent Machines Center (RIM) at Georgia Tech, dispels many of the myths surrounding the threat of automation to the American workforce.
College of Computing, Apr 10, 2013
The New York Times, Apr 1, 2013
Instead of programming a robot to copy an existing dance such as those in the online videos, Amy LaViers, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering, is defining the various styles of human movement and creating algorithms to reproduce them on a humanoid robot.
Ayanna Howard has been awarded a NSF REU Site: Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) continuing grant for her proposal to add a robotics component to Georgia Tech’s SURE program.
Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots – and potentially also animals – move on and interact with complex granular materials such as sand.
Robots are being used more widely than expected in a variety of sectors, and the trend is likely to continue with robotics becoming as ubiquitous as computer technology over the next 15 years, according to the new report.
The Robotics & Intelligent Machine Center’s faculty members have technically diverse backgrounds and conduct innovative research to advance robotics. Recently, six of RIM’s outstanding faculty members received promotions within their academic units in the Colleges of Computing, Engineering and Science.
ECE Professor Magnus Egerstedt has been appointed as the Schlumberger Professor, effective March 1. He is the first faculty member in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) to hold this new professorship.
BBC News, Mar 3, 2013
Wagner, who works in GTRI’s Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS), is one of 40 recipients of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program (AFOSR YIP) award for his proposal “Trust and Trustworthiness in Human-Robot Interaction: A Formal Conceptualization.”
The New York Times, Jan 27, 2013
Area Development, Jan 14, 2013
60 Minutes, Jan 13, 2013
Machine Design, Jan 4, 2013
Using deceptive behavioral patterns of squirrels and birds, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed robots that are able to deceive each other. The research is funded by the Office of Naval Research and is led by Professor Ronald Arkin, who suggests the applications could be implemented by the military in the future. The research is highlighted in the November/December 2012 edition of IEEE Intelligent Systems.
Engadget, Nov 20, 2012
New Scientist, Oct 26, 2012
RedOrbit, Oct 15, 2012
A Georgia Tech research team has received a grant from the Office of Naval Research to work on a project that intends to teach robots how to use objects in their environment to accomplish high-level tasks.
ECE Professor Anthony J. Yezzi has been named as a Ken Byers Professor, effective October 1.
IEEE Spectrum, Sep 18, 2012
Reuters Video, Sep 17, 2012
Ramya Ramakrishnan (advisor Dr. Andrea Thomaz) received the President’s Undergraduate Research Award (PURA). This award will support the project “Improving Robot Behavior through Both Self and Human Social Learning.”
ECE Professor Ayanna Howard has been named as the Motorola Foundation Professor, effective August 15.
Researchers have used complex computational models to design micro-swimmers that could overcome the challenges of swimming at the micron scale. These autonomous micro-robots could carry cargo and navigate in response to stimuli such as light.
Robotics Trends, Aug 2, 2012
CBS News, Jul 30, 2012
Researchers at Georgia Tech and Atlanta's Shepherd Center have created a wireless, musical glove that may improve sensation and motor skills for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). The gadget, Mobile Music Touch, was successfully used by individuals with tetraplegia who suffered their injury more than year before the study, a time frame when most rehab patients see very little improvement for the remainder of their lives.
New Scientist, Jul 17, 2012
UPI, Jul 6, 2012
Using piezoelectric materials, researchers have replicated the muscle motion of the human eye to control camera systems in a way designed to improve the operation of robots. This new muscle-like action could help make robotic tools safer and more effective for MRI-guided surgery and robotic rehabilitation.
Gizmag, Jun 28, 2012
Government Technology, Jun 26, 2012
Area Development, Jun 22, 2012
Discovery News, Jun 20, 2012
Tech News Daily, Jun 7, 2012
Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2012
Researchers have automated the process of finding and recording information from neurons in the living brain. A robotic arm guided by a cell-detecting computer algorithm can identify and record from neurons in the living mouse brain with better accuracy and speed than a human experimenter.
AP via Georgia Public Broadcasting, May 3, 2012
GT-School of Physics, May 1, 2012
The Georgia Institute of Technology was honored by Boeing on April 18 for its exceptional performance and contributions to the company’s overall success during 2011.
The Georgia Institute of Technology opened its doors to more than 400 middle school and high school students on Wednesday for the third annual Robotics Open House.
Smart Planet, Apr 3, 2012
ASEE Prism, Apr 2, 2012
SmartPlanet, Mar 1, 2012
The Economic Times, Feb 21, 2012
Today's Engineer, Feb 9, 2012
Forbes, Feb 6, 2012
Designing an all-terrain robot for search-and-rescue
missions is an arduous task for scientists. The machine must be flexible enough
to move over uneven surfaces, yet not so big that it’s restricted from tight
spaces. It might also be required to climb slopes of varying inclines. Existing
robots can do many of these things, but the majority require large amounts of energy
and are prone to overheating. Georgia Tech researchers have designed a new machine
by studying the locomotion of snakes.
ABC News, Dec 19, 2011
Minnesota Public Radio, Dec 19, 2011
GT-Savannah, Dec 7, 2011
Associated Press, Nov 16, 2011
Modern Materials Handling, Nov 14, 2011
Atlanta Business Chronicle, Nov 14, 2011
ATLANTA – Nov. 10, 2011 – The College of
Computing’s Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center will use a
gift of nearly $1 million of robotics equipment from Coca-Cola Bottling
Co. Consolidated to create a Manufacturing Robotics Logistics
Laboratory on the Georgia Tech campus. Source: Office of Communications
GTRI, Oct 31, 2011
The Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide manufacturing education programs to high school students.
Christian Science Monitor, Oct 24, 2011
ABC News, Oct 20, 2011
The National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million through its Division of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation to fund three projects involving researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Washington Post, Sep 20, 2011
North Carolina State University, Sep 9, 2011
New Scientist, Aug 11, 2011
Georgia Tech researchers have developed a glove with a special fingertip designed to improve the wearer's sense of touch. Applying a small vibration to the side of the fingertip improves tactile sensitivity and motor performance, according to their research results.
ECN, Jul 28, 2011
IEEE Spectrum, Jul 27, 2011
Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson is participating in a national meeting
focused on advanced manufacturing today in Pittsburgh. The gathering is part of
President Barack Obama’s initiative focused on making American manufacturing
President Barack Obama today named Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson to the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee.
IEEE Spectrum, Jun 24, 2011
BBC The Forum, Jun 13, 2011
In a project sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory, researchers are giving autonomous robots the ability to work together to explore and map the interiors of buildings. Beyond soldiers, the capability could also help civilian first responders.
The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has named Henrik
Christensen (Interactive Computing) to the Robotics Technology
Consortium’s Board of Directors. Source: Office of Communications
IEEE Spectrum, Mar 23, 2011
Engadget, Mar 10, 2011
CNN, Mar 15, 2011
Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics in the Georgia Tech College of Computing’s School of Interactive Computing, has been selected to receive the 2011 Engelberger Robotics Award for Education, considered the world’s top honor in the field of robotics, for his leadership in the international robotics industry. Source: Office of Communications
ZDNet, Jan 3, 2011
Global Leader KUKA Robotics Sponsors Appointment of International Robotics Expert Dr. Henrik Christensen
The new Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center is an interdisciplinary effort, leveraging the strengths and expertise of the Colleges of Computing and Engineering, and the Research Institute at Georgia Tech.
If you’re a closet robot fanatic, then you may want to head over to Georgia
Tech. The world’s largest robotics competition kicks off Tuesday at Georgia Tech
and involves some of the most intricate, sophisticated, and complicated robots
today. Click on video for more information. Source: Fox Atlanta
Ga. Tech engineers have created a robotic car that drives...by itself!
Source: CBS 46
Over the next two months College of Computing Regents' Professor Ron Arkin will visit
several U.S. military installations to talk about the armed services’ use of
robots. But Arkin’s interest in military applications extends beyond simply
helping out on the battlefield; he foresees a day when robots serve not just as
a valuable tool for soldiers, but their conscience as well. Source: SundayPaper.com
Universities like the College of Computing at Georgia Tech
are trying to stanch the downturn by dropping prerequisites, instituting
mentoring programs, and, in some cases, using interactive technology to give
introductory classes a bit more sex appeal. Source: UTNE Reader
When thinking of the Georgia Institute of Technology, two key attributes consistently come to mind - innovation and tradition. A recent challenge for Georgia Tech's communications team was developing a television spot that would demonstrate, in just 30 seconds, the Institute's long tradition of being a technological leader, while also capturing more than 100 years of school spirit.
Ronald Arkin, Regents' Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, comments on the ethical, legal and moral ramifications of society's dependence on robots. He is developing an artificial-conscience mechanism to govern robot behavior. Source: Washington Post
Rebecca Elizabeth Grinter, associate professor at the school's College of Computing and Program Coordinator of Human Centered Computing comments on her study: "Robot owners are more willing to work with a robot that does have issues because they really, really like it." Source: KTVB.com
Ayanna Howard, a College of Computing Adjunct Professor with School of ECE feels that iRobot has been successful by selling very specialized devices instead of "coming up with one robot that can do everything." She is specializing in human-robot interactions at home. Source: Ajc.com
Henrik Christensen, Director, Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center and
Sting Racing member, said "The most important qualification is our competence in
systems integration, but our strategy to control (the robot) is also a major
component of our design." The team has spent about $200,000 on hardware for the
robot, but about $2 million on the total project. Source: News.com
"Humans are very unusual creatures," College of Computing Regents'
Professor Ron Arkin said, "If you ask me if every human will want to marry a
robot, my answer is probably not. But will there be a subset of people? There
are people ready right now to marry sex toys." Source: MSNBC
The College of Computing at Georgia Tech today announced that the Sting
Racing team, a collaboration between Georgia Tech and Science
Applications International Corporation [NYSE: SAI], has left for
Victorville, Calif. to compete in the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Urban Challenge semifinals and finals events
with their fully autonomous vehicle entry, Sting 1.
"It is groundbreaking … and helps to forward human-robot interaction
studies significantly" said Ronald Arkin, Regents' Professor in the School of
Interactive Computing commenting on research at University of California, San
Diego. He also cautioned that researchers don't yet understand the
consequences of increased human-robot interaction. Source: National Geographic News
Inspired by a visit to Alfred Nobel's resting place, College of Computing Professor Ron Arkin, one of the nation's leading roboticists, set out to
research on how to give a robot a conscience. The Defense Department awarded
Arkin $290,000 to fund his three-year study. Source: Atlanta Magazine
Deep in the labs at Georgia Tech, researchers are perfecting yet another
have-to-see-to-believe technology -- a car that can actually drive without a
human driver. College of Computing faculty member Henrik Christensen said that
thanks to recent advances such as the LS 460, commercialization possibilities
are right around the corner. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle (Subscription Required)
Faculty members Frank Dellaert and Bruce Walker have developed a wearable computing system designed to help the visually impaired and others
navigate their way in unknown territory. "We have a working prototype using
computer vision to see street-level details, such as light posts and benches,”
says Dellaert. Source: The Times of India
"Robotics systems may have the potential to out-perform humans from a perspective of the laws of war and the rules of engagement," Ronald Arkin, Regents' Professor, told a conference on technology in warfare at Stanford University last month. He agrees that the shift towards autonomy will be gradual. Source: The Age
A robot that can pick up objects and hand them to people suffering from degenerative diseases, co-created by Assistant Professor Charlie Kemp of the Robotics and Intelligent Machines Center (RIM@GT), was unveiled March 12 at a conference in Amsterdam. Kemp, who is also director of Georgia Tech's Center for Healthcare Robotics, said his team focused on the ways the robot could interact with humans, not act like one. "How can you make robots that are actually useful? That was bugging me," Kemp said. "And it's a hard question to answer — that's why I'm happy with this." Source: AJC
Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created a robot, designed to help users with limited mobility with everyday tasks, that moves autonomously to an item selected with a green laser pointer, picks up the item and then delivers it to the user, another person or a selected location such as a table. The new robotic communication method may help robots find their way into the home sooner.
Citing the critical importance of the continued growth of robotics to U.S. competitiveness, 11 universities are taking the lead in developing an integrated national strategy for robotics research. The United States is the only nation engaged in advanced robotics research that does not have such a research roadmap.
ATLANTA (August 6, 2008)—Through the Institute for Personal Robots in Education (IPRE)—a partnership between Georgia Tech College of Computing, Bryn Mawr College and Microsoft Research—28 high schools and universities are being provided the opportunity to enhance their introductory Computer Science curriculum using personal robots as a context for teaching foundational computing skills. Winners will share $250,000 and receive paperback book-sized robots called Scribblers, enhanced with special IPRE hardware technology, along with the IPRE software and class text. Source: Office of Communications
Georgia Tech has created an improved version of the robotic percussionist. The second edition, named Shimon, is designed to play a melodic instrument, the marimba. It, therefore, utilizes more sophisticated algorithms for music perception and improvisation in comparison to Haile, Georgia Tech's first robotic drummer.
Computing Professor Ronald C. Arkin, who designs software for battlefield robots, says that “intelligent robots can behave more ethically in the battlefield than humans currently can.” Source: New York Times
Professor Ron C. Arkin says it’s time to focus on aspects other the efficiency and safety of soldier robots, such as programming them to comply with the Laws of War and the Rules of Engagement. Source: The Takeaway
A Marietta artist and others with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, are testing a helper robot developed by robotics researcher Charles Kemp. Source: CNN
Though many years in the future, military robots programmed to act ethically could be even more ethical in battlefield situations than soldiers, since machines would not fall prey to the desire for revenge. On the flip side, neither would they feel sympathy or empathy, says Professor Ron Arkin of Interactive Computing. Source: New Scientist
In CNET's daily podcast, Professor Ron Arkin of Interactive Computing talks about his work with the U.S. Army exploring the use of autonomous robots on the battlefield. Arkin says a robot theoretically could fight more ethically--at least in terms of avoiding civilian casualties--than a human soldier because it would not experience the desire for revenge. Host: CNET News
In a Q&A-style interview, Professor Ron Arkin of Interactive Computing talks about his work with the U.S. Army to develop autonomous robots for military use. Arkin explains the "ethical adaptor," modeled on human feelings of guilt, that theoretically would allow the machine to make ethical decisions in the heat of battle. Source: CNET News
Professor Charlie Kemp and Advait Jain at Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics
Laboratory have programmed a robot to autonomously approach and open doors
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