Author: Andra Keay

Robotics Analyst/Strategist
ICRA 2020 launches with plenary panel ‘COVID-19: How Roboticists Can Help’

ICRA is the largest robotics meeting in the world and is the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society. It is thus our honor and pleasure to welcome you to this edition, although the current exceptional circumstances did not allow us to organize it in Paris as planned with the glimpse and splendor that our wonderful robotics […]

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RAC ‘Emerging Trends in Retail Robotics’ report released

Robots are increasingly being deployed in retail environments. The reasons for this include: to relieve staff from the performance of repetitive and mundane tasks; to reallocate staff to more value-added, customer-facing activities; to realize operational improvements; and, to utilize real-time in-store generated data. Due to the impact of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak, we can now […]

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Open Problems for Robots in Surgery and Healthcare

Online Mini-Symposium, Free and open to the public.Tues 19 May, 2020, 9:30-1:30pm PT, via Zoom All videos are now online ! The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing global demand for robots that can assist in surgery and healthcare. This symposium focuses on recent advances and open problems in robot-assisted tele-surgery and tele-medicine and needs for new research and development. […]

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SLAM and Spatial AI

You can watch this seminar here at 1PM EST (10AM PST) on May 15th.  Andrew Davison (Imperial College London) Abstract: To enable the next generation of smart robots and devices which can truly interact with their environments, Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) will progressively develop into a general real-time geometric and semantic `Spatial AI’ perception capability. I […]

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SLAMcore a finalist in Embedded Vision Summit showcase

SLAMcore debuts full-stack spatial AI SDK in industry competition The three most challenging questions in autonomous robotics are: where am I? how far away are the objects around me? and, what are those objects? The vast majority of robot failures stem from an inability to answer these basic questions. As a result, developers and designers […]

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Where are the robots when you need them!

That’s a question we’re trying to answer in our weekly discussions about ‘COVID-19, robots and us’, but it was repeated with urgency by Rachel ‘McCrafty’ Sadd. Rachel has been building systems and automation for COVID mask making, as the founder of Project Mask Making and #distillmyheart projects in the SF Bay Area, an artist and […]

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Can robots make food service safer for workers?

Health care workers are not the only unwilling essential services frontline workers at increased risk of COVID-19. According to the Washington Post on April 12, “At least 41 grocery workers have died of the coronavirus and thousands more have tested positive in recent weeks”. At the same time, grocery stores are seeing a surge in […]

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HRI 2020 Keynote: Stephanie Dinkins

Community, Art and the Vernacular in Technological Ecosystems Community, craft, and the vernacular in artificially intelligent systems take the position that everyone participating in society is an expert in our experiences within the community infrastructures, which inform the makeup of robotic entities. Though we may not be familiar with the jargon used in specialized professional […]

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Robots providing social support while we’re social distancing

Wired Magazine recently called for us to, post pandemic, “ditch our tech enabled tools of social distancing”. But are our telepresence robots creating emotional distancing or are they actually improving our emotional lives. This week in our weekly “COVID-19, robots and us” discussion with experts, we’re looking at the topic of virtual presence and emotional […]

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Formant free for COVID deployments!

Humans, please help us spread the word that our platform is available to anyone that can leverage it in the fight against coronavirus. We’re very focussed on accelerating the deployments of robots, however I’m sure there are other applications that you might imagine where we could have some impact. Let’s get creative. #robots #coronavirus #covid19 […]

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HRI 2020 Keynote: Ayanna Howard

“Are we trusting AI too much?: Examining Human-Robot Interactions in the Real World” Intelligent systems, especially those with an embodied construct, are becoming pervasive in our society. From chatbots to rehabilitation robotics, from shopping agents to robot tutors, people are adopting these systems into their daily life activities. Alas, associated with this increased acceptance is […]

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HRI 2020 Online Day One

HRI2020 has already kicked off with workshops and the Industry Talks Session on April 3, however the first release of videos has only just gone online with the welcome from General Chairs Tony Belpaeme, ID Lab, University of Ghent and James Young, University of Manitoba. There is also a welcome from the Program Chairs Hatice […]

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Act now to support the robotics ecosystem

Guest Post by Owen Nicholson, CEO, SLAMcore For many in the robotics community the current coronavirus pandemic is the best of times and the worst of times. Our industry is seeing huge interest as people around the world come to appreciate the power and potential of robotic solutions in overcoming current and emerging challenges. But, […]

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Even construction robotics has COVID-19 related opportunities

One of the Silicon Valley Robotics Construction Forum members, Module, has cofounded a COVID-19 Housing Task Force hoping to bring digital construction design techniques that they’ve been deploying for energy self sufficient modular buildings and convert that into rapidly deployable safe housing. Initially for the Pittsburgh areas but potentially available further afield to assist hospitals […]

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COVID-19, robots and us March 31 special guests

Join us on Tuesday at 7pm Pacific for our next weekly discussion on COVID-19, robots and us. This week we’re focusing on disaster robotics, social robotics, telemedicine and human-robot interaction with special guests: Robin Murphy, Founder of the field of Disaster Robotics and Raytheon Professor at Texas A&M University Ross Mead, Founder of Semio and […]

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Celltrio provides culture lab automation in fight against COVID-19

Sometimes robotics helping fight COVID-19 takes a less obvious pathway. Celltrio for example, is supplying robotic cryogenic freezers that automatically store and retrieve human cells used in cell culturing. Which helps scientists work on new compounds, decreasing the time to important drug discovery. In cell culturing Celltrio provides full automated systems that work 24-7, making […]

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