Is spaghetti the key to building a better robot?

Studying how spaghetti reacts to water might offer clues to how robots built from flexible materials can better mimic human movement, according to Oliver O'Reilly, professor of mechanical engineering.

Is spaghetti the key to building a better robot?

1/22/2020, by Thomas Lee Look at some spaghetti and you might think lunch. When Oliver O’Reilly looks at spaghetti, he thinks about the future of robotics. Pasta and robots might not seem like natural bedfellows, but O’Reilly, a UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, hopes his research can help engineers construct better models and designs for soft robots. In a paper recently published in...

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French ambassador says global institutions needed to confront technology challenges

1/16/2020, by Thomas Lee Philippe Étienne said the quickening pace of technological change requires nations to immediately build “shared governance” of the internet through both existing and perhaps new global institutions.

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New discovery makes it easier to design synthetic proteins that rival their natural counterparts

1/8/2020, by Berkeley Engineering Researchers have created a synthetic membrane that could transform fields including medicine, life sciences, alternative energy and environmental science.

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Commencement date: May 19

Master's graduateBerkeley Engineering's 2020 graduate (master's and Ph.D.) and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at the Hearst Greek Theatre. Initial details are on our Commencement page; registration and ticket information will be available in early March.

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