11/19/18 Science — Anyone can start a traffic jam - just by tapping the brakes. Now, scientists at Berkeley have shown that a few self-driving cars can prevent such jams - and in some cases double the average speed of surrounding vehicles.
Robotics & AI
11/14/18 — Berkeley students have created SurfSafe, a machine learning tool that identifies when an online photo has been doctored.
11/14/18 — Researchers led by Kris Pister are overcoming significant technical hurdles to push the boundaries of robotic miniaturization.
10/29/18 — Berkeley transportation researchers are addressing the emerging era of smart vehicles with a project that uses machine learning to manage traffic where autonomous, semi-autonomous and manned vehicles share the road. They presented their project, called Flow, at the Conference on Robotic Learning.
10/16/18 Reuters — With artificial intelligence expanding into ever more applications, the number of students trained in AI hasn't kept pace with the demand for workers - a mismatch reflected at a recent UC Berkeley career fair.
09/14/18 The Economist — Countering fears that artificial intelligence will eliminate millions of jobs, a new report co-authored by Berkeley Engineering roboticist Ken Goldberg says AI may instead enhance job satisfaction for ordinary workers by taking over mundane tasks.
08/27/18 Engadget — Experimenting with deep learning systems, a team of Berkeley computer science researchers is using artificial intelligence to make dancers look more skillful. The project uses algorithms to pass dance moves via video from a skilled dancer to a virtual skeleton to an amateur subject.
07/30/18 New York Times — Drawing on the latest in machine learning, Autolab and BAIR Lab researchers are developing robots that can pick up or move all manner of objects, and even learn to make a bed.
06/07/18 Interesting Engineering — The Berkeley DeepDrive Industry Consortium has released an open-source dataset of 100,000 self-driving video sequences - largest of its kind - to the public in hopes of helping engineers develop autonomous vehicles.
06/02/18 — Robots can manipulate objects they have never encountered before by building on previous play and observations.
05/31/18 — The presence of talented EECS student engineers, along with plenty of hungry students and a gourmet local food scene, goes a long way to explain the decision by Felipe Chavez to launch his robot-powered meal delivery startup Kiwi in Berkeley.
05/23/18 The Atlantic — From a coding summer camp for high schoolers at Stanford to a project showcase for teens and their mentors at Berkeley, AI4All is working to widen the pipeline of women entering the field of artificial intelligence.
05/21/18 The Verge — AI start-up Semantic Machines, co-founded and co-led by EECS professor Dan Klein, is being acquired by Microsoft, which hopes to make its Cortana digital assistant and other bots sound more naturally human by establishing "a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley."
05/04/18 Wired — EECS professor Anca Dragan discusses one of the big challenges in her field of human-robot interaction: getting robots to anticipate human behavior. “It's not enough to know what people are currently doing. They need to know what's going to happen in the future.”
04/25/18 Medium — EECS and statistics professor Michael Jordan writes about the opportunity and imperative of developing a "human-centric engineering discipline" to address the ethical concerns of artificial intelligence.
03/26/18 MIT Tech Review — The latest iteration of Dex-Net, from the lab of robotics professor Ken Goldberg, could sort through your junk drawer with unrivaled speed and skill, using machine learning to determine how to pick up even odd-looking objects with incredible efficiency.
03/02/18 Wired — Robotics researchers from Berkeley's AUTOLab, led by IEOR and EECS professor Ken Goldberg, have built a heaving robotic platform - mimicking the motion of a breathing, heart-beating human patient - to help develop algorithms that robotic surgical assistants can use to guide their cutting.
02/28/18 — Modeling behavior seen in cockroaches, Berkeley engineers have modified a miniature robot to use the momentum of a head-on crash to tip itself upward to climb a wall.
02/23/18 Wired — A new report highlights risks of artificial intelligence, such as malicious self-driving cars or assassin robots. EECS professor Ion Stoica, who recently surveyed technical challenges in AI, said Berkeley is already trying to expose students flocking to the field to concerns over AI safety and security.
02/08/18 Forbes — Computer scientist and robotics engineer Anca Dragan has a cool name, an impressive CV and an important job: ensuring that our interactions with robots and other artificially intelligent agents are positive ones.