Tag Archives: robotics/robotics-hardware

The Biggest Robotics Research Conference Is Now More Accessible Than Ever

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/virtual-icra-robotics-research-conference

If it wasn’t for COVID-19, we’d probably be in Paris right now, enjoying the beautiful weather, stuffing ourselves with pastries, and getting ready for another amazing edition of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the world’s largest robotics research gathering. We’re not doing any of that, of course. Personally, I’ve barely left my house since March, and the in-person ICRA conference in Paris was quite sensibly cancelled a while ago.

The good news, however, is that ICRA is now a virtual conference instead, and the reason that it’s good news (and not just some sad pandemic-y compromise) is that the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the ICRA conference committees have put in an astonishing amount of work in a very short period of time to bring the entire conference online in a way that actually seems like it might work out pretty well for everyone.

Video Friday: This Robot Wants to Talk to You

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-hiroshi-ishiguro-erica-android

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – June 01, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia
ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece
ICRES 2020 – September 28-29, 2020 – Taipei, Taiwan
ICSR 2020 – November 14-16, 2020 – Golden, Colorado

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: This Robotic Basketball Hoop Won’t Let You Miss

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-robotic-basketball-hoop

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – June 01, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia
ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece
ICRES 2020 – September 28-29, 2020 – Taipei, Taiwan
ICSR 2020 – November 14-16, 2020 – Golden, Colorado

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Robot Startup Refraction AI Testing Contactless Food Delivery

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-robot-startup-refraction-ai

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – June 01, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia
ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Startup Unveils Agile Robot Dog That Costs Less Than $10k

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-unitree-robot-dog-a1

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – June 01, 2020 – [Online]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia
ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Waymo Unveils 5th-Gen Self-Driving Car

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-waymo-5th-gen-self-driving-car

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – June 01, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia
ICUAS 2020 – September 1-4, 2020 – Athens, Greece

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: This Free-Flying Robot Head Is Like Alexa for Astronauts

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-cimon2-free-flying-robot-head

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [Online or Postponed]
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Virtual Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Quadruped Robot Learns Locomotion Skills by Imitating Dog

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-quadruped-robot-locomotion-skills

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – [Online Conference]
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [Online Conference]
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Online Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Whether it’s a dog chasing after a ball, or a monkey swinging through the trees, animals can effortlessly perform an incredibly rich repertoire of agile locomotion skills. But designing controllers that enable legged robots to replicate these agile behaviors can be a very challenging task. The superior agility seen in animals, as compared to robots, might lead one to wonder: can we create more agile robotic controllers with less effort by directly imitating animals?

In this work, we present a framework for learning robotic locomotion skills by imitating animals. Given a reference motion clip recorded from an animal (e.g. a dog), our framework uses reinforcement learning to train a control policy that enables a robot to imitate the motion in the real world. Then, by simply providing the system with different reference motions, we are able to train a quadruped robot to perform a diverse set of agile behaviors, ranging from fast walking gaits to dynamic hops and turns. The policies are trained primarily in simulation, and then transferred to the real world using a latent space adaptation technique, which is able to efficiently adapt a policy using only a few minutes of data from the real robot.

[ BAIR ] via [ Google AI ]


Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new method that doesn’t require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The innovation comes from rethinking the way soft robots are built: instead of figuring out how to add soft materials to a rigid robot body, the UC San Diego researchers started with a soft body and added rigid features to key components. The structures were inspired by insect exoskeletons, which have both soft and rigid parts—the researchers called their creations “flexoskeletons.”

UCSD ]


Working from home means this is the new normal.

That is a seriously heat resistant robot arm.

[ YouTube ]

Thanks Aaron!


In this video we present the ongoing development of a simple robotic system that integrates a 60W UV Germicidal Lamp. The system is a 4-wheel robotic rover that autonomously guides itself and navigates with the help of a LiDAR sensor. This experimental design is made to examine the potential of using such a system for disinfecting purposes during this critical period. The key goal of using a UV germicidal lamp on a robot relates to its ability to position itself at many locations thus providing wide disinfecting coverage.

This development is done cognizant of the fact that it is the health system and the medical professionals who we all rely on during this crisis. We have seen that robots have had such use and investigate the relevant potential. In addition, this development was done based on an existing robot of our lab and while #StayingAtHome as per the official guidelines. This simple test was the only point during which 2 lab members had to be together to coordinate robot deployment and video recording. Members worked while respecting 2m-distance guidelines and using PPE.

[ ARL ]


Sorry doggo, some things, robots are just better at.

[ Franklin Robotics ]


By using its patented technologies, the Aertos 120-UVC can fly stably inside buildings contaminated by the COVID-19 virus, allowing humans to stay safely away from infected areas. Digital Aerolus’ industrial drones do not use GPS or external sensors, enabling them to operate stably in places other drones cannot go, including small and confined spaces. When the drone flies at 6 feet above a surface for 5 minutes, it provides a greater than 99% disinfection rate of more than a 2 x 2-meter surface.

So a 2-by-2-meter surface takes 5 minutes—that is a long time for drones, so the amount of surfaces that this thing can disinfect before it needs a recharge must be pretty limited. Maybe a swarm of them, though?

[ Digital Aerolus ]

Thanks Sarah!


A new autonomous robot developed by engineers at NASA and tested in Antarctica by a team of researchers, including an engineer from The University of Western Australia, is destined for a trip into outer space and could, in the future, search for signs of life in ocean worlds beyond Earth.

[ UWA ]


Robots can be very useful in disinfecting surfaces with COVID-19, which can be a dangerous task for humans. At the USC Viterbi Center for Advanced Manufacturing, we have developed ADAMMS, a robot to do machine tending tasks. We are modifying this robot to perform disinfection tasks in public spaces such as offices, labs, schools, hotels, and dorms. We are calling this ADAMMS-UV.

ADAMMS-UV is a semi-autonomous mobile manipulator that uses UV light wand mounted on a robot arm to reach spaces that cannot be treated by UV source mounted on the mobile base. It can use the gripper to open drawers, closets and manipulate objects to perform a detailed sanitization on hard to reach surfaces. ADAMMS-UV is controlled by a remote operator located far away from the risk zone.

[ RROS ]


Highlight videos from both the systems and virtual tracks of the DARPA SubT Urban Circuit.

[ SubT ]


At Kunming No.3 Middle School and Kunming Dianchi Middle School in Yunnan province, southwest of China, students are returning to school after a prolonged absence due to Covid-19, and are now greeted by a robot, instead of a human. The robot, named AIMBOT, takes students’ temperature and checks their faces for masks, which helps school personnel improve monitoring efficiency while reducing cross-infection risks. The AIMBOT robot can detect people’s temperatures with 99 percent accuracy up to 3.5 meters away by using infrared technology. They can also monitor the temperatures of up to 15 people at once.

[ UBTECH ]


EMYS has way more friends than I do and I’m not sure how to feel about that.

[ EMYS ]

Thanks Jan!


In this video we present results on autonomous subterranean exploration inside an unfinished nuclear power plant in Washington, USA, using the ANYmal quadrupedal robot.

[ ETHZ RSL ]

Thanks Marco!


I need one of these mini snack packaging systems for my kitchen. And I won’t need anything else for my kitchen.

[ ABB ]


On Feb 18-27, 2020, we participated in the Urban Circuit of @DARPAtv Subterranean Challenge held in unfinished Satsop Nuclear Power Plant in Washington, USA. Together as CTU-CRAS-NORLAB, we won the 3rd overall place among 10 participating teams and placed 1st among the teams non-funded by DARPA. In this video, we show various fragments of autonomous UAV path planning, exploration, and mapping obtained during the competition.

[ MRS ]


With humankind facing new and increasingly large-scale challenges in the medical and domestic spheres, automation of the service sector carries a tremendous potential for improved efficiency, quality, and safety of operations. This work presents a mobile manipulation system that combines perception, localization, navigation, motion planning and grasping skills into one common workflow for fetch and carry applications in unstructured indoor environments.

[ ASL ]


This video highlights an exploration and mapping system onboard an autonomous aerial vehicle. An overview of the system is presented in simulation using a mesh of a cave from West Virginia. Hardware results are demonstrated at Laurel Caverns, a commercially owned and operated cave in Southwestern, PA, USA.

Few state-of-the-art, high-resolution perceptual modeling techniques quantify the time to transfer the model across low bandwidth, high reliability communications channels such as radio. To bridge this gap in the state of the art, this work compactly represents sensor observations as Gaussian mixture models and maintains a local occupancy grid map for a motion planner that greedily maximizes an information-theoretic objective function. Hardware results are presented in complete darkness with the autonomous aerial vehicle equipped with a depth camera for mapping, downward-facing camera for state estimation, and forward and downward lights.

[ CMU ]


Our Highly Dexterous Manipulation System is a a dual-arm robotic system that includes two highly dexterous mobile manipulator arms, a moveable torso that can be mounted onto a variety of mobile platforms, and the capability to perform tasks with human-like strength and dexterity in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments.

[ RE2 ]


If you are a manufacturer ramping up production of mission-critical goods, Robotiq wants to help you deploy a cobot application in two weeks. Two weeks! LET’S GO!

[ Robotiq ]

Thanks Sam!


Another Spot video from Adam Savage.

I’d be making videos like these too, but I don’t have a Spot. YET.

[ Tested ]


Video Friday: This Omnidirectional Drone Flies Using 12 Tiltable Propellers

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-omnidirectional-drone-12-tiltable-propellers

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

HRI 2020 – April 06, 2020 – [Online Conference]
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – [Online Conference]
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [Online or Postponed]
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Online Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Qoobo the Headless Robot Cat Is Back

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-qoobo-headless-robot-cat

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – [Online Conference]
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [TBD]
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
RSS 2020 – July 12-16, 2020 – [Online Conference]
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Robots Help Keep Medical Staff Safe at COVID-19 Hospital

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-ubtech-robots-covid-19-shenzhen-hospital

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

HRI 2020 – March 23-26, 2020 – [ONLINE EVENT]
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – [ONLINE EVENT]
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – [SEE ATTENDANCE SURVEY]
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Stanford Makes Giant Soft Robot From Inflatable Tubes

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/stanford-giant-soft-robot-inflatable-tubes

As much as we love soft robots (and we really love soft robots), the vast majority of them operate pneumatically (or hydraulically) at larger scales, especially when they need to exert significant amounts of force. This causes complications, because pneumatics and hydraulics generally require a pump somewhere to move fluid around, so you often see soft robots tethered to external and decidedly non-soft power sources. There’s nothing wrong with this, really, because there are plenty of challenges that you can still tackle that way, and there are some up-and-coming technologies that might result in soft pumps or gas generators.

Researchers at Stanford have developed a new kind of (mostly) soft robot based around a series of compliant, air-filled tubes. It’s human scale, moves around, doesn’t require a pump or tether, is more or less as safe as large robots get, and even manages to play a little bit of basketball.

What Is a Robot? Rodney Brooks Offers an Answer—in Sonnet Form

Post Syndicated from Rodney Brooks original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/what-is-a-robot-rodney-brooks-sonnet

Editor’s Note: When we asked Rodney Brooks if he’d write an article for IEEE Spectrum on his definition of robot, he wrote back right away. “I recently learned that Warren McCulloch”—one of the pioneers of computational neuroscience—“wrote sonnets,” Brooks told us. “He, and your request, inspired me. Here is my article—a little shorter than you might have desired.” Included in his reply were 14 lines composed in iambic pentameter. Brooks titled it “What Is a Robot?” Later, after a few tweaks to improve the metric structure of some of the lines, he added, “I am no William Shakespeare, but I think it is now a real sonnet, if a little clunky in places.”

What Is a Robot?*
By Rodney Brooks

Shall I compare thee to creatures of God?
Thou art more simple and yet more remote.
You move about, but still today, a clod,
You sense and act but don’t see or emote.

You make fast maps with laser light all spread,
Then compare shapes to object libraries,
And quickly plan a path, to move ahead,
Then roll and touch and grasp so clumsily.

You learn just the tiniest little bit,
And start to show some low intelligence,
But we, your makers, Gods not, we admit,
All pledge to quest for genuine sentience.

    So long as mortals breathe, or eyes can see,
    We shall endeavor to give life to thee.

* With thanks to William Shakespeare

Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT, where he was director of the AI Lab and then CSAIL. He has been cofounder of iRobot, Rethink Robotics, and Robust AI, where he is currently CTO.

Video Friday: Autonomous Security Robot Meets Self-Driving Tesla

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-autonomous-security-robot-tesla

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

HRI 2020 – March 23-26, 2020 – Cambridge, U.K. [CANCELED]
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – Ponta Delgada, Azores
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – Paris, France
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Skin-like, Flexible Sensor Lets Robots Detect Us

Post Syndicated from Michelle Hampson original https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/robotics-hardware/skin-flexible-proximity-sensor-robots

A new sensor for robots is designed to make our physical interactions with these machines a little smoother—and safer. The sensor, which is now being commercialized, allows robots to measure the distance and angle of approach of a human or object in close proximity.

Industrial robots often work autonomously to complete tasks. But increasingly, collaborative robots are working alongside humans. To avoid collisions in these circumstances, collaborative robots need highly accurate sensors to detect when someone (or something) is getting a little too close.

Swarm of Robots Forms Complex Shapes Without Centralized Control

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/swarm-of-robots-forms-complex-shapes-without-centralized-control

Swarms of small, inexpensive robots are a compelling research area in robotics. With a swarm, you can often accomplish tasks that would be impractical (or impossible) for larger robots to do, in a way that’s much more resilient and cost effective than larger robots could ever be.

The tricky thing is getting a swarm of robots to work together to do what you want them to do, especially if what you want them to do is a task that’s complicated or highly structured. It’s not too bad if you have some kind of controller that can see all the robots at once and tell them where to go, but that’s a luxury that you’re not likely to find outside of a robotics lab.

Researchers at Northwestern University, in Evanston, have been working on a way to provide decentralized control for a swarm of 100 identically programmed small robots, which allows them to collectively work out a way to transition from one shape to another without running into each other even a little bit.

Video Friday: NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Captures 1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-nasa-curiosity-mars-rover-panorama

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

HRI 2020 – March 23-26, 2020 – Cambridge, U.K.
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – Ponta Delgada, Azores
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – Paris, France
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Late Nights, Cool Hacks, and More Stories from the DARPA SubT Urban Circuit

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/late-nights-cool-hacks-and-more-stories-from-the-darpa-subt-urban-circuit

For the past two weeks, teams of robots (and their humans) have been exploring an unfinished nuclear power plant in Washington state as part of DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge. The Urban Circuit portion of the challenge ended last Thursday, with Team CoSTAR (a collaboration between NASA JPL, MIT, Caltech, KAIST, LTU, and industry partners including Clearpath Robotics and Boston Dynamics) taking first place. Second place went to Carnegie Mellon’s Team Explorer, which took first at the previous SubT Tunnel Circuit six months ago, setting up a highly competitive Cave Circuit event which will take place six months from now.

DARPA live streamed all of the course runs and put together some great video recaps of the competition itself (you can see everything on YouTube), but that footage represents just a small portion of what actually went on at the challenge, as teams raced to implement fixes and improvements in hardware and software in between runs, often staying up all night in weird places trying to get their robots to work better (or work at all).

We visited the SubT Urban Challenge during the official media day last week, and also spent some time off-site with the teams themselves, as they solved problems and tested their robots wherever they could, from nearby high schools to empty malls to hotel stairwells at 5am. 

Video Friday: Child Robot Affetto Learning New Facial Expressions

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-child-robot-affetto

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

HRI 2020 – March 23-26, 2020 – Cambridge, U.K.
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – Ponta Delgada, Azores
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – Paris, France
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.


Video Friday: Africa’s Lake Kivu Drone Challenge

Post Syndicated from Evan Ackerman original https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-22120

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

DARPA SubT Urban Circuit – February 18-27, 2020 – Olympia, Wash., USA
HRI 2020 – March 23-26, 2020 – Cambridge, U.K.
ICARSC 2020 – April 15-17, 2020 – Ponta Delgada, Azores
ICRA 2020 – May 31-4, 2020 – Paris, France
ICUAS 2020 – June 9-12, 2020 – Athens, Greece
CLAWAR 2020 – August 24-26, 2020 – Moscow, Russia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.