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Robots: Schunk Manipulators

In this episode Per Sjoborg speaks with Henrik Schunk about his company’s work in gripping technology, modular robotics and dexterous manipulation. They then look at service robotics, which was the subject of this year’s SCHUNK Expert Days in Hausen, Germany. Henrik A. Schunk After his studies at the Technical Universities in Kaiserslautern and Dresden, Henrik […]

Syndicated 2014-04-19 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Termite-Inspired Construction

In this episode, we talk to Justin Werfel from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University about their latest paper published in Science on "Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Team". This work was done with Kirstin Petersen and Radhika Nagpal, director of the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group.

Syndicated 2014-04-04 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: EU Robotics Week

The European Robotics Week 2013 featured 334 robotics related events in 24 countries and attracted more than 55'000 participants spanning all ages. To give us a snapshot of the event, we talk to three organizers of robotics activities including Fiorella Operto in Italy, Roko Tschakarow in Germany, and Douwe Dresscher in the Netherlands.

Syndicated 2014-03-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Privacy, Google, and Big Deals

What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics? Since last December, Google alone has acquired a handful of companies in robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence. This can be pretty exciting for robotics. But what exactly is the internet giant planning to do with this technology? Is there something we should be worried about? If there is, what can we do about it? In today's episode, AJung talks with Dr. Avner Levin, a privacy and cybercrime expert, about Google's recent acquisition of companies.

Syndicated 2014-03-07 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: 150th Episode Special

To celebrate our 150th episode, we brought together the original team to reenact our very first Talking Robots interview with Dario Floreano back in 2006. Floreano, who is director of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL and of the Swiss NCCR Robotics tells us about the latest in Swiss robotics, his work in adaptive morphology and flying robots and his predictions for the future of robotics. Thanks to all our listeners for tuning in over the years!

Syndicated 2014-02-21 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Industry and Society

In today’s episode Per Sjöborg speaks with Rezia Molfino from the University of Genova about how all robots are service robots, they just serve people in different ways in different situations.

Syndicated 2014-02-07 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Startup Funding

In today’s episode Per Sjöborg speaks with Jan Westerhues, Investment Partner with Robert Bosch Venture Capital, about how they fund companies in robotics. As stepping stones towards their long-term goal to build autonomous cars, they invest in a wide range of robotics technologies with real world applications. Westerhues tells us when in a project's life they can help and what to expect throughout their involvement. He also promises exciting news in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Syndicated 2014-01-24 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Interdisciplinary Teams

Per Sjöborg speaks to Giulio Sandini from the Italian institute of technology about how a start in computer vision lead to robotics. They also talk about the importance of interdisciplinary work in robotics and how diverse teams can learn from each other.

Syndicated 2014-01-10 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Teams and Tasks

In today's episode, Per Sjöborg speaks with Lynne Parker from the University of Tennessee about her work with robot teams. Her lab is developing techniques to get robots to team up in order to complete tasks that they individually could not. The robots can share data from sensors to extend their perception or share capabilities to perform particular tasks.

Syndicated 2013-12-27 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: The DARPA Robotics Challenge

In this episode, Sabine Hauert interviews Paul Oh, the Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab at Drexel University. His team, spanning 10 universities, is competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) with the HUBO humanoid designed at KAIST in South Korea. The goal of the challenge is to design robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Trials will take place next week in Florida from December 20-21 and will require robots to drive a vehicle, walk over rough terrain, clear debris, open doors, use a hand tool to break through a wall, climb a ladder, turn a valve, and finally drag a hose and connect it to pipes. The 7 HUBO robots on Oh's team will be competing against sixteen other teams from around the world to determine which teams continues on to the DRC Finals in 2014 with continued DARPA funding. Competing in the 2014 Finals will lead to one team winning a $2 million prize.

Syndicated 2013-12-13 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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