Woodie Flowers, a pioneer of hands-on engineering education
May 6, 2012Flowers and his former student, David Wallace, have created a fun, teamwork-based approach to learning the art of mechanical design.
The robot revolution is just beginning
April 23, 2012Rodney Brooks outlines his vision of the future to student entrepreneurs.
All in a day’s work: Design and print your own robot
April 3, 2012MIT project, funded with $10 million NSF grant, could transform robotic design and production
April 1, 2012New algorithms could enable heaps of ‘smart sand’ that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.
Guiding robot planes with hand gestures
March 13, 2012MIT researchers are developing a system that would allow aircraft-carrier crews to direct autonomous planes using ordinary hand gestures.
Sometimes the quickest path is not a straight line
March 8, 2012New methods and software developed at MIT can predict optimal paths for automated underwater vehicles.
New system allows robots to continuously map their environment
February 16, 2012Algorithm to build 3-D maps requires a low-cost camera, no human input.
Robots go head to head, 250 miles above Earth
January 25, 2012Third annual Zero Robotics competition pits robots against each other on the International Space Station.
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Speed limit for birds
January 20, 2012MIT researchers find critical speed above which birds — and drones — are sure to crash.
CSAIL robots take center stage
November 14, 2011Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Principal Investigator Daniela Rus collaborated with modern dance company Pilobolus this past year to bring flying robots to the stage.
November 8, 2011Advanced mathematical techniques enable AUVs to survey large, complex and cluttered seascapes.
Smarter robot arms
September 20, 2011A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently — and move more predictably.
MIT part of $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface
July 14, 2011New multi-institution center will work on robotic interaction with nervous system
Speeding swarms of sensor robots
May 2, 2011A new algorithm ensures that robotic environmental sensors will be able to focus on areas of interest without giving other areas short shrift.
iRobot to the rescue
March 28, 2011CSAIL spinoff sends robotic aid to Japan
MIT Sea Grant’s Sea Perch being tested at French university
May 18, 2010Undergraduate course, created in collaboration with Total Corporation, will hold presentations on May 28.
January 29, 2010With techniques for translating complicated equations into ‘sums of squares,’ Pablo Parrilo helps make sense of previously insoluble problems.