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Meet next week’s robots

This week, we’ve seen how we can borrow successful biological traits from nature to develop robust, intelligent systems. Our final week is all about teamwork. We’ll discover how we’ll work …

Using mind control to empower those with disabilities

In October 2016, Switzerland hosted the world’s first Cybathlon, where pilots with severe physical disabilities complete a series of challenges using advanced assistive technologies. The Cybathlon provides a platform for …

What are the possibilities of mind control?

Available BCI applications can be divided into two main categories. The first and most important category is the medical domain. Indeed, the main objective of BCI is to serve disabled …

Using a brain-computer interface

Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh is developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) which uses electroencephalography (EEG) technology to read brain signals and convert them into actions on a computer screen. In this video, …

Brain controlled robots

An exciting, emerging area where biology meets robotics is in brain computer interfaces (BCIs). BCIs have the potential in the future to enable direct mind control of robots and other …

Using biomimicry to build robust robots

Natural organisms, through millions of years of natural selection, have evolved to take on the challenges of their environment. These attributes make them adaptable, versatile and robust and it is …

Studying natural swarms

So far this week, we have seen how bioinspiration can influence the design of individual robots. But the natural world can also offer a solution for multi-robot systems where robots …

Synthetic psychology

Traditional psychology and neuroscience can often struggle to fully understand how humans work. Synthetic psychology offers a complementary approach, taking theories and testing them out in robotic models to see …

Taking inspiration from nature

Robots of the future will need to operate around humans safely and effectively in uncontrolled, unstructured environments. This step explains why bioinspiration is of interest in robotics for tackling this …

Meet next week’s robots

This week, we’ve been introduced to our resident drones, a youBot and a pioneer robot who have all helped to demonstrate how researchers are developing robots that can sense, map …

Humans making responsible decisions

We’ve talked about the importance of designing a robot to make responsible decisions, but what about making responsible decisions when designing robots? In this video, Professor Noel Sharkey talks about …