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Robots: Russian Robotics

In this episode, Sabine speaks with Andrew Gryaznov, co-founder of Cubic Robotics and Roman Luchin, CEO of CyberTech Labs, about robotics in Russia. They provide us with an inside view on robotics education, innovations and startups in their country. The interview was done live at RoboForum in Moscow earlier this month. Roboforum is a cross disciplinary conference designed to unite the best minds in robotics, including scientists and designers, business people and governors as well as artists, engineers and popular science speakers worldwide. Speakers at the conference included creator of Hubo, Jun-Ho Oh, iCub’s Giorgio Metta, creator of the Blind Robot Louis-Philippe Demer, Vladimir Konyshev of Neurobotics, Skolkovo’s Albert Yefimov, NanoSatisfi’s Chris Wake, Unbounded’s Melonee Wise, Valery Komissarova of Grishin, and many more.

Syndicated 2014-05-30 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: RoboRoach

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Bill Reith an engineer at Backyard Brains. The company develops RoboRoach, the world's first commercially available "cyborg" which was successfully backed on KickStarter. Using their kit, you can briefly control the left/right movement of a cockroach from a smart phone using microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is one of the many tools that Backyard Brains hopes to use to teach students about neuroscience. Aware of the ethical questions their work raises, the company has put out a set of ethical statements. To explore the ethical side further, AJung Moon speaks with Prof. Oliver Bendel at the School of Business in Basel.

Syndicated 2014-05-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Zero Tillage Robotics

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Peter Corke from Queensland University of Technology, about the fast-tracking research that will see robots planting, weeding, maintaining and harvesting crops.

Syndicated 2014-05-02 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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

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