- Anca Dragan was awarded a PECASE Award by the white House today:
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- Mike Jordan’s trenchant essay on the state of AI is featured in the first
issue of the Harvard Data Science Review:
- Rob Wood’s (now at Harvard) untethered bee robot is on the cover of
Nature this week (attached). He’s a Cal PhD…
- CITRIS CPAR papers won 3 of the top awards at CASE this year.
- In this NY Times feature on robot grasping, 3 of the 6 projects are from UC Berkeley’s AUTOLab:
- Dex-Net as a Service (DNaaS) is now online to suggest robot grasps for objects you upload.
HRI article featuring CPAR Anca Dragan and Claire Tomlin
- Robots to Help California’s Grape Growers Conserve Water
- How Flight Simulation Tech Can Help Turn Robots Into Surgeons
WiRed Magazine article
- Anca Dragan and Raluca Ada Popa both awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships
Avideh Zakhor has been named Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology in recognition of her many important contributions to signal processing, computer vision, and 3D imaging.
“For her significant contributions to signal processing, including 3D image processing & computer vision, 3D reality capture systems, 3D modeling, mapping and positioning, image and video compression and communication.”
- Why AI Won’t Overtake the World, but Is Worth Watching by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor, Robotic Industries Association, 01/25/2018
“Most of the fear mongering comes from people that are not working in the AI field…People who actually work with robotics realize that although this technology is making great progress, we are far from the humanlike robots portrayed in movies and the press…”
“…Even if robots with the help of AI and human engineering are someday able to approach our dexterity, they may never truly grasp the world around them in all of its fragility and potential. Context and ingenuity will remain in the realm of humans.”
- The Education of Brett (Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks) the Robot featured on Wired
- UC Merced ‘Swarmathon’ Robotics Team Competes at Cape Canaveral
- MIT Tech Review, 25 May 2017:
- “The Most Nimble-Fingered Robot Yet”: video on Dex-Net 2.0 achieving 99% precision:
- UC Berkeley AI4ALL Leader Anca Dragan featured on Medium: “The future of AI needs to have more people in it”
- New Symposium on Robot Learning (SoRL) at UC Berkeley, May 1, 2017
- Fast Company features new CPAR research on robot grasping
- New Conference on Robot Learning (#CoRL2017) in the works: 1st
Nov 13-15, 2017 in Mountain View:
- CITRIS Seed Funding Proposals due 27 Jan 2017
- CPAR co-sponsored the 12th Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics in San Francisco, December 18-20 2016 that was the largest yet with 175 participants
- Congratulations to Pieter Abbeel and Sergey Levine for NIPS Best Paper Award for “Value Iteration Networks”(Dec 2016):https://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.028
- PhD Student Dorsa Sadigh and CPAR professors Shankar Sastry and Anca Dragan Featured in IEEE Spectrum: Autonomous Cars Could Determine Your Driving Style by Gently Probing You. (10/27/16)
- Research groups lead by CPAR Professors Stefano Carpin, Christopher Kello, and Ramesh Balasubramaniam awarded two of the 30 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program grants given out this year. The grants will fund 50 doctoral students and train another 100 graduate students over the course of five years. (9/21/16)
- CPAR Professors Stefano Carpin and Ramesh Balasubramaniam launch new research project connecting eye-tracking hardware with a robotic exoskeletal arm to further understand the mind-body connection” (9/19/16)
- Four CPAR Roboticists, Sergey Levine (UC Berkeley), Oriol Vinyals (Google DeepMind), Adam Bry (Skydio), and Ruzena Bajcsy (UC Berkeley), were named to MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 and Seven Innovators Over Seventy Lists. More information. (8/26/16)
- Ken Goldberg featured on Steven Johnson’s podcast, “Wonderland: Robots and Charles Babbage” (8/15/16)
- Ken Goldberg featured on Engineering.com, “Berkeley Roboticist Learns Lessons About Humanity from Robots (8/15/16)
- Workshop on Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) Deadline Extended to 17 July. This prestigious bi-annual conference returns to the Bay Area Dec 18-21.
- Sergey Levine to join CPAR: Sergey Levine will join UC Berkeley’s EECS Dept as Assistant Professor in August to focus on research at the intersection of controls and machine learning
- Mark Mueller to join CPAR: Mark Mueller will join UC Berkeley’s ME Dept as Assistant Professor in
July to focus on research in UAV/quadcopter control
- Claire Tomlin has been selected to receive the 2017 IEEE Transportation
Technologies Award, which recognizes advances in technologies applied in
transportation systems (6/28/16)
- Ken Goldberg’s students and video featured in IEEE Spectrum story on Medical Robotics (5/31/16)
- Over 300 Bay area high school students participated in the Pioneers in Engineering High School Robotics Final Competition at Lawrence Hall of Science (4/24/16)
- Professor Anca Dragan featured in The Atlantic “Robots That Act Differently When You’re Around” (04/19/16).
- Five CPAR Seed Grants Announced for 2016! More info (4/8/16)
- Trevor Darrell and UC Berkeley Deep Drive featured in Bloomberg Technology, “Automakers Go Back to School to Learn to Build Self-Driving Cars” (03/16/16).
- Ken Goldberg Featured in Rolling Stone, “Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Part 2, Part 2″(03/09/16)
- Pieter Abbeel Featured in Rolling Stone, “Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Part 1, Part 1″(03/09/16)
- Bob Full featured in the Daily Californian, “UC Berkeley researchers develop cockroach-inspired, flexible robot” (02/13/16).
- Berkeley/suitX is a semifinalist in Robotics for Good Competition! If they win, this will create a strong initiative to improve the quality of life for children with CP and other mobility disorders. Check out their entry for the competition and recent exoskeleton (Phoenix). Please VOTE at the bottom of the page for benefit of these children who did not have any say in what happened to them.
- In the 2016 CITRIS Seed Funding Program, approximately $800K is available to PIs from the 4 campuses for multi-campus projects ($10-60K each). Robotics is a key Area of Interest. Applications are due 31 January! Details here: https://citris-uc.org/citris-se
- “Artificial Intelligence Nonprofit OpenAI Launches With Backing From Elon Musk And Sam Altman” (TechCrunch, 12/11/15). To find out more, see the OpenAI website.
- “A robot teaching itself to walk like a human toddler” (CNBC, 12/5/15)
- Student robotics competition at UC Santa Cruz “Robot Wars at UC Santa Cruz” (KSBW news report, 12/04/15)
- “Meet The Award Recipients Of The First Microsoft HoloLens Academic Research Grants” (Microsoft Windows Blogs, 11/11/15)
- “Robot Toddler Learns to Stand by Imagining How to do it” (MIT Technology Review, 11/6/15)
- “Robots: Will They Steal Your Job?” (Fortune.com, 11/4/15)
- “Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks by Observing” (MIT Technology Review, 10/2/15)
- Cal PhD Jun-Ho Oh led the KAIST team that won the DARPA Robot Challenge
- On 1 Sept 2015, UC Berkeley EECS PhD Candate John Schulman released the Computational Graph Toolkit, which facilitates experiments with large recurrent networks.
- Robotics and Deep Learning: New Course and Open-Source Toolkit
UC Berkeley EECS PhD Candate John Schulman is teaching a short course on “Deep Reinforcement Learning.”
- Sergey Levine, Chelsea Finn, Trevor Darrell and Pieter Abbeel’s Robot Learning in Bloomberg News
This Preschool Is for Robots: Want machines to learn the way human toddlers do? You need a “classroom” equipped with Lego blocks and plenty of patience. Bloomberg Business News, Jack Clark | Sept. 2, 2015
- Stuart Russell awarded grant for research on human values for robots and artificial intelligence from Future of Life Institute. Abstract: “Value Alignment and Moral Metareasoning”.
- “Autonomous Tumor Location and Extraction: Palpation, Incision, Debridement, and Surgical Adhesive Application with the da Vinci Research Kit”. Winner: Best Video, Hamyln Surgical Robotics Symposium, London (UC Berkeley Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics, 6/24/15)Find out more about the Surgical Robot Challenge 2015
- Not Your Parent’s Factory: What Next Generation Factories Will Look Like and Deliver. Atlantic Washington editor-at-large Steve Clemons hosts a conversation with CITRIS People and Robots Initiative Director Ken Goldberg and Inventor/CEO of Otherlab Saul Griffith. (Bold Bets Conference, The Atlantic, 6/18/15)
“Relax, the Terminator Is Far Away” (The New York Times, 5/25/15)
“New Approach Trains Robots to Match Human Dexterity and Speed” (The New York Times, 5/21/15)
“How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?” (PBS Newshour, Interview, 5/8/15)
$1.4M investment for UC Berkeley and CITRIS Foundry startup Dash Robotics (VentureBeat, 4/23/15)
“People and Robots Initiative promotes wider robotics integration” (Engineering and Technology Magazine, 4/22/15)
“CITRIS launched people and robots initiative, updates three others” (Press release, 4/22/15)
CITRIS People and Robots Initiative presents a Distinguished Lecture by John Markoff (New York Times) on “Machines of Loving Grace” (11:00am-12:00pm, 5/7/15, event page)