Cognitive and Social Robotics

They're mobile, they're autonomous, they're right outside your door. After years of hype and crushing failure, robots are ready to start serving us in our homes. You can already buy one to mow your lawn. Vacuuming and polishing are next. [New Scientist February 10, 2001 - almost a decade ago]

Robots are everywhere. You can find them assisting doctors in the operating theatre, plugging oil leaks on the bottom of the ocean, and playing soccer at International competitions around the world. Increasingly robots are being developed to interact with ordinary people in wider society not just scientists in research labs or carefully contrained environments. As a result important questions about their design, capabilities and legal status are being raised. Robots are entering our homes, our workplaces and our dreams. Already robots can perceive things beyond human capability, they can collaborate with each other in ways that are not possible for humans, e.g. they can share sensor data directly, imagine if I could see exactly what you see. The age of robots is upon us and about to unleashed a new wave of disruptive innovation that will challenge society like never before.

Resources

  • Android World - Lots of information on androids and specific android projects.
  • Ars Robotica - Features news, discussion forums, reviews, tutorials, lesson plans, and interviews with robotics professionals. Topics include robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), embedded control, sensors, and applied electronics.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute Manipulation Lab - The goal of the Manipulation Lab is autonomous robotic manipulation in the presence of uncertainty.
  • Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems, University of Kentucky - Contact information, news and events for the department.
  • Channel 4 - Robots - The tie-in page to the Royal Institution Christmas lectures, shown on Channel 4 in the UK. Includes a virtual robot constructor, where you can design and test a robot visually.
  • CompInfo - Robotics - A huge directory of robotics sites.
  • Delft Biped Laboratory, Delft University of Technology - Research into bipedal (two-legged), energy-efficient, walking robots.
  • Dr. Ezio Malis - Dr Malis is a Research Associate in Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is in the SVR Group in the Information Engineering Division working with Dr. Roberto Cipolla.
  • Georgia Tech MARS - The Georgia Tech branch of MARS involves multi-level learning in hybrid deliberative/reactive mobile robot architectural software systems.
  • The Handy Board - 6811-based microcontroller system that lets you build mobile robots for educational, hobbyist, and industrial purposes. Used to run robot design courses and competitions at the university and high school level.
  • The Honda Humanoid Robot - Information about Honda's Humanoid Robot.
  • How Stuff Works - The Singing Fish - Photographed autopsy of the popular singing fish novelty fad reveals its robotic-like subsystems with complete informative descriptions.
  • Miniature Robotic Actors Exist - Robotic Actors built by Carl Pisaturo. Pictured and described.
  • MIT Leg Laboratory - Information on a series of legged robots, including one-legged hoppers, bipedal runners, bipedal walkers, a quadruped, and two kangaroo-like robots.
  • Mobile Robotics Research - Mobile Robotics research at McGill University. Searchable bibliography, project list and other resources.
  • National Robotics Engineering Consortium - NREC is Robotics Institute's commercial arm, partnering primarily with US businesses to channel CMU and NASA technology and public funding into mobile equipment, new systems and process automation projects.
  • The Official Stiquito Webpage - This site contains information about the Stiquito Robot, including how it works and where you can purchase Stiquito books, kits, and supplies.
  • Personal Robotics - Large Robot news site with a free newsletter, and links to articles on many aspects of robotics.
  • The primary Source for the European Robotics Industry - This site has been designed as a consultancy tool for the buyers and specifiers of robotics and automation technologies within Europe.
  • R/C Servo Motor Controllers / Robot Projects - Positive Logic Engineering manufactures motion controllers for R/C type servo motors. The ASC16 controls speed, acceleration, and sychronising of 16 Axis simultaniously.
  • RobotCafe.com - RobotCafe.com is a unique portal that offers search results based on quality and popularity. Find free tutorials, news, discussion forums, and an extensive directory of links to robotics websites.
  • The Robotics Institute - The robotics research and graduate education program at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Robot Perception Research at UMass.
  • Robots.net - A news and discussion site for those interested in robots and robotics. Includes the well-known Robot Competition FAQ and a variety of resource pages.
  • SA Tool Electronics - Bosch Industrial Automation - Specialises in industrial automation and machine tools. Based in South Africa.
  • Simpler Robotics - Information and Parts for Robotics.
  • Software to link a CAD/CAM system to a robot - Software that links CAD/CAM systems to a robot. Supports IGES, DXF, ISO & ASCII. Supports user-defined robots. For Windows 9x, NT4.
  • Sparc-E and robotic research at the University of South Alabama - The site is dedicated to small autonomous mobile robotics research and robotics use in the curriculum at the University of South Alabama
  • Spectrum Robotic Systems Limited - Manufacturer of automated cutting systems utilising laser, waterjet, ultrasonic and knife cutting technology under computer control.
  • 21st Century Robotics - 21st Century Robotics features artificial intelligence at its most sophisticated, including original articles on innovative robotics.
  • StepperControl.Com - Offers standard products and custom services for stepper motor and motion control.
  • Tech Geek - News and reviews on the latest robotics innovation, and projects to try.
  • Technocopia - Your Guide to the Technological Lifestyle - Articles on household automation, including home theater, home networking, smart toys, pets, and communications.
  • The Telegarden - A tele-robotic installation allows users to view and interact with a remote garden filled with living plants.
  • Toy Robots Initiative - The Toy Robot Initiative is a research project at Carnegie Mellon University. It aims to commercialize robotics technologies in education, toys and entertainment.
  • University of Texas at Austin Robotics Research Group - A research group focusing on the development of intelligent, modular, and reconfigurable robotics and automation systems.
  • UP Mobile Robotics Laboratory - The Mobile Robotics Laboratory of the University of the Philippines Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department.
  • Walking and Exotic Robots Forum - Online discussion forum for people interested in developing legged robots. Requires free registration.
  • Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics - Where biotechnology, bioengineering and microgravity will help us develop technologies that are out of this world.