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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.


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Robotics News

Students make it to finals of first autonomous EV GrandPrix race

Students make it to finals of first autonomous EV GrandPrix race

September 30, 2021

A group of UC San Diego engineering and data science students was one of three teams to make it to the final round of the inaugural autonomous EV GrandPrix go-kart race hosted by Purdue University in Indianapolis on Sept. 17. Full Story

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


"Reinventing Human-Robot Interaction for Companion Robots"

Thursday 21 October @ 11AM PST (Virtual Seminar)

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Speaker:  Paolo Pirjanian, Ph.D., Founder/CEO of Embodied and former CTO of iRobot


"Enabling Grounded Language Communication for Human-Robot Teaming "

Thursday 14 October @ 11AM (Virtual)

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Speaker:  Professor Thomas Howard


"Beyond the Label: Robots that Reason about Object Semantics"

Thursday 7th October @ 11AM PST


Speaker:  Professor Sonia Chernova