Ambidextrous robots

'Ambidextrous' robots could speed e-commerce

In a new paper, Berkeley engineers build on 35 years of research with new algorithms that compute robust robot pick points, enabling robot grasping of a diverse range of products without training.

'Ambidextrous' robots could speed e-commerce

1/16/2019, by Linda Vu In 2018, Amazon had a record-breaking holiday season, with more items ordered worldwide than ever before. It wasn’t alone. As e-commerce continues to grow, companies like Alibaba, Amazon and Walmart are investing heavily in new warehouses to rapidly fill the massive volume of orders. To meet the growing demand, these companies will also need robots that can pick up a...

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Clever clumsiness: Self-taught walking robot

1/9/2019 Researchers from the Berkeley AI Research Lab and Google Brain have taught a robot to teach itself how to walk, through trial and error, in just two hours; the results "are as awkward as they are magical."

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Minority STEM PhDs fare better with clear expectations, acceptance

1/9/2019 Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are more likely to advance professionally, publish more research and secure postdoctoral and faculty positions if their institutional culture is welcoming and sets clear expectations, according to a new study.

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  • Researchers capture an image of negative capacitance in action

    1/14/2019 - If properly harnessed, this phenomenon could make computers more energy efficient

  • Wireless 'pacemaker for the brain'

    12/31/2018 - A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

  • Artificial intelligence opens health data privacy to attack

    12/21/2018 - Current privacy laws and regulations are nowhere near sufficient to keep an individual’s health data private in the face of advances in artificial intelligence, according to a new study from IEOR professor Anil Aswani and his team.

  • Greener days ahead for carbon fuels

    12/18/2018 Berkeley Lab - Researchers led by Joel Ager, MSE adjunct professor, have discovered copper's potential as a catalyst for turning carbon dioxide into sustainable chemicals and fuels without wasteful byproducts.

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