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Robotics in the Second Machine Age

We are entering an age of robots that are infiltrating many areas of work and life in general – robots are everywhere. This department is following the development of robotics, from the nanorobotics being developed in the health sector to humanoid robots that some hope will evolve to be a new sub-servient species for our comfort, safety and prosperity. There are both huge technical challenges, social and ethical concerns, and even the fear that we may be creating something that will one day supersede us.

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Magnapods: Autonomous Inspection Robots

Magnapods: Autonomous Inspection Robots

It looks like a giant mechanical spider, but with only 4 legs. It can clamber up a metal beam with it's magnetic feet, and may be the future inspector of many places humans can't get to, or don't want to (like the inside of a large fuel container or the underbelly of...

Intelligent sensing for Robots

Intelligent sensing for Robots

icking up a can of soft drink may be a simple task for humans, but this is a complex task for robots - it has to locate the object, deduce its shape, determine the right amount of strength to use, and grasp...

Soft robot actuators heal themselves

Soft robot actuators heal themselves

  Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a...

Diet and weight loss With The Support of Social Robots

Diet and weight loss With The Support of Social Robots

Diet and weight loss: Using social robots to support human health and wellbeing Dr Nicole Robinson is a research fellow at Monash University working across two disciplines – engineering and medicine. Specifically, robotics and psychology. She’s led a new research...

Deep Learning Motion Tracking

Deep Learning Motion Tracking

In the past, motion tracking has often been a meticulous task. Complicated, time consuming systems with large arrays of sensors were needed to have any hope of capturing realistic human movement. Now - according to a research team led by Professor Sungho Jo in...

First Real-Time Physics Engine for Soft Robotics

First Real-Time Physics Engine for Soft Robotics

Scientists have adapted sophisticated computer graphics technology, used to create hair and fabric in animated films, to simulate the movements of soft, limbed robots for the first time. The advance is a major step toward such robots that are autonomous.