Micro/Meso-scale manipulation

The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab is an inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Pennsylvania. In this lab Microsoft Robotics Studio (MSRS) is used to develop a distributed remote micro/meso-scale manipulation system to assembly parts ranging in size from microns to a few millimeters.  The system supports both the real-world experimentation…

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Cybernetic Transport Systems

Europe is well into the development of new transportation systems that are based on small automated vehicles that could be utilized by either people or freight delivery in cities. These “cyber cars” would offer on-demand door-to door service.   Participating in this European effort is Robotsoft, a member of the Microsoft Robotics Studio Partner Program…

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A growing list of Microsoft Robotics Studio Partners

Microsoft Robotics Studio offers a Partner Program, commonly referred to as  MSRSPP that features companies that endorsers and utilizes Microsoft Robotics Studio in their product offerings.  The featured companies fall into the categories of:   Robot Manufacturers:  manufactures and markets robots that support MSRS-based services/applications. Hardware Component Vendors: manufactures and markets hardware devices that support…

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3rd Grand Challenge comes to a closure…

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Urban Challenge is the third in a series of competitions held by this agency to foster the development of autonomous robotic ground vehicle technology.  This weekend the Urban challenge came to a closure when the vehicles of Stanford Racing Team, Tartan Racing, VictorTango , Ben Franklin Racing Team, MIT and…

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Request For Proposals: Human-Robot Interaction 2007-2008: “Robots Among Us”

If you are an academic or non-profit robotics researcher, then you may be interested in the following news announced last week.   Our colleagues in Microsoft Research (External Research & Programs department) launched a new worldwide robotics research Request For Proposals (RFP) for such researchers.  For full details, guidelines, eligibility and submission instructions, please visit: http://research.microsoft.com/ur/us/fundingopps/rfps/HRI_RFP.aspx…

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Robo-Development Conference and Exposition

The inaugural Robo-Development Conference and Exposition was held in San Jose October 25th and 26th where Microsoft was the founding sponsor.  This multifaceted educational forum and trade show’s primary focus was on design and development of commercially viable personal, service and intelligent robotics products.  The keynotes and general sessions were specifically engineered to impart information…

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