A robot grasping objects

A delicate touch: teaching robots to handle the unknown

April 2, 2024

William Xie, a first-year PhD student in computer science, is teaching a robot to reason how gently it should grasp previously unknown objects by using large language models (LLMs). DeliGrasp , Xie's project, is an intriguing step beyond the custom, piecemeal solutions currently used to avoid pinching or crushing novel...

Advanced Intelligent Systems cover with a tiny robot.

CU Boulder robotics research showcased in Advanced Intelligent Systems

Jan. 9, 2024

Kaushik Jayaram's bioinspired robotics are on the cover of the latest issue of the journal Advanced Intelligent Systems. The article, "Design of CLARI: A Miniature Modular Origami Passive Shape-Morphing Robot," discusses the design and creation of Jayaram's compliant legged articulated robotic insect. Jayaram is an assistant professor in the Robotics...

Nicole Xu

Xu's 'cyborg jellyfish' highlighted in Nature

Dec. 12, 2023

Assistant Professor Nicole Xu recently spoke with Nature for a feature about biohybrid robots and their real-world applications. Xu and her collaborators have been working on a jellyfish-inspired robot that can help monitor climate change and ecological shifts in the Earth's oceans. "Jellyfish have a number of appealing characteristics for...

A human operator at a computer in the Subterranean Challenge.

Failure is Not an Option: Techniques for Autonomous Robots at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Dec. 8, 2023

When engineers in the robotics research community think of what we'd like autonomous agents to tackle in the future, we often target "dull, dirty, and dangerous" tasks. However, despite a sustained boom in robotics research over the last decade, the number of places we've seen robotics in use for these...

Drawing of a person in a car with no steering wheel.

Is the World Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

Nov. 27, 2023

In August, the California Public Utilities Commission made history when it voted to allow two self-driving car companies, Waymo and Cruise, to commercially operate their “robotaxis” around the clock in San Francisco. Within hours, Cruise reported at least 10 incidents where vehicles stopped short of their destination, blocking city streets...

A SPOT robot navigating autonomously.

Building next generation autonomous robots to serve humanity

Nov. 17, 2023

One thousand feet underground, a four-legged creature scavenges through tunnels in pitch darkness. With vision that cuts through the blackness, it explores a spider web of paths, remembering its every step and navigating with precision. The sound of its movements echo eerily off the walls, but it is not to...

A robot the size of a penny.

Jayaram and team win IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics

Oct. 31, 2023

Assistant Professor Kaushik Jayaram’s Animal Inspired Movement and Robotics Laboratory recently won the IROS Best Paper Award on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics , rising above around 3,000 other academic papers that were submitted to the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. Along with Jayaram as the PI...

Two underground robots in a cave.

CU Boulder offers new graduate program in robotics

Sept. 20, 2023

The University of Colorado Boulder has started a graduate engineering program in robotics to fill a growing need in an in-demand field. The CU Regents have approved new Master of Science and PhD degree options in robotics that will...

Heiko Kabutz and Kaushik Jayaram.

Tiny robot research featured in Daily Camera

Sept. 13, 2023

Kaushik Jayaram's bug-inspired robots are being spotlighted by the Boulder Daily Camera. An assistant professor in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Robotics Program, Jayaram is an expert in bioinspired robotics and biomechanics. He is the creator of CLARI - Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect. The...

Inflatable balloon

Rentschler's startup company improves endoscopy procedures with patented balloon technology

Sept. 11, 2023

Aspero Medical , a CU spin-out company co-founded by Professor Mark Rentschler , has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market and sell the Ancora-SB small bowel balloon overtube that incorporates the company’s patented Pillar micro-texture balloon technology. The Ancora-SB device is used for small bowel...

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