Our research teams are working to solve today’s pressing challenges in key areas including healthcare and autonomous vehicles.


Long term, we aim to develop robots that serve society in real-time, in the real world. These robotic systems will adapt, evolve, and create their own solutions based on the people and situations – the context – they encounter. And they’ll need to be secure.


To deliver, we are tackling fundamental research bottlenecks that will open up new capabilities for robots. Autonomous operation in many different environments is just one example.


Our plans require new approaches to research. New paradigms. We’ve aligned world-class expertise in hardware, software, cognitive science, design, machine learning, materials, security, and more, to make it happen.


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Robotics News

IROS 2021 preview: robotic mapping and manipulation

September 22, 2021

Researchers at the UC San Diego Contextual Robotics Institute will present three papers at the IROS 2021 conference, which takes place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2021, both online and in person in Prague.    Full Story

Researchers develop first steerable catheter for brain surgery

Researchers develop first steerable catheter for brain surgery

August 18, 2021

A team of engineers and physicians has developed a steerable catheter that for the first time will give neurosurgeons the ability to steer the device in any direction they want while navigating the brain’s arteries and blood vessels. The device was inspired by nature, specifically insect legs and flagella--tail-like structures that allow microscopic organisms such as bacteria to swim.     Full Story

NSF Invests $20M in UC San Diego-headquartered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institute

NSF Invests $20M in UC San Diego-headquartered Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institute

July 29, 2021

Robotics researchers at UC San Diego are a key part of new NSF AI Institute. AI-driven optimization will allow robots to better perceive their environment and interact with them in a robust manner. Full Story


"CRI Seminars Speaker Fall 2021"

We will have presentations from:  

Sep 23      H.I. Christensen, UCSD                 - IROS Papers

Sep 30      Dmitry Berenson, UMICH          - Collaborative Robots

Oct 7         Sonia Chernova, GT                        - Human Collaborative Systems

Oct 14      Tom Howard, UR                              - Enabling Grounded Language Models

Oct 21      Paolo PIrjanian                                  - Embodied Robotics          

Oct 28      CJ Taylor, UPENN                            - Perceptual Robotics

Nov 4        Howie Choset, CMU                      - Robot Mechanisms

Nov 18     Dieter Fox, UW                                 - Robots & ML

Dec 2        Sangbae Kim, MIT                            - Robot Mobility

The seminars are every Thursday @ 11am.  

Zoom info: 


"Observing, Learning, and Executing Fine-Grained Manipulation Activities: A Systems Perspective"

Thursday, May 27 @ 12:00ppm PST

Speaker: Gregory D. Hager

"Semantic Robot Programming... and Maybe Making the World a Better Place"

May 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm PST


Speaker: Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Ph.D.