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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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Centre researchers teach new dog new tricks!

Centre researchers teach new dog new tricks!

Australian Centre for Robotic vision researchers have been using a dog robot called Miro to test visual navigation research – specifically a technique called teach and repeat.   Created by the University of Sheffield, Miro can often be seen being driven around...

Why Soft Robots?

Why Soft Robots?

Traditional Robots Versus Soft Robots When we think about robots, we usually imagine smart and sophisticated machines in different forms that are made of connected metal or plastic parts which their sole purpose is to perform repetitive tasks in isolated environments...

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...