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FAA’s New Rules for Commercial sUAS


On June 21st, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its new safety regulations for "unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds (25 kilograms) that are conducting non-hobbyist operations."

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Volocopter: Dawn of a New Era

First manned flight with Alexander Zosel.

The world’s first certified Multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, made its premier flight in Karlsruhe, Germany in April this year. The introduction of manned flights marks a step forward in urban mobility.

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Stanford’s OCEAN ONE: First Deep Sea Mission


Stanford University's Ocean One, a bimanual underwater humanoid robot with haptic feedback, allows human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the depths of the oceans in high fidelity.

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Youth Innovators at Emoti-Con 2016 NYC


On Saturday, June 11, 2016 more than 200 of the most talented youth from across the five New York City boroughs will connect, compete, and present their technology projects at Emoti-Con, held at the New York Public Library.

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TouchTomorrow Festival at WPI Set for June 11

touch sign

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will again transform its Worcester, Massachusetts campus into a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits in celebration of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge. TouchTomorrow is a free and interactive once-day festival celebrating space, science, technology and robots.

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AUVSI’s ROBOTICA 2016 set for June 6-9


AUVSI's ROBOTICA 2016 is scheduled for June 6-9. Following on the success for the 2015 event, Robotica 2016 is gearing up to be bigger and better, featuring keynote speakers, 27 Informative Sessions, and 90 speakers, Attendees can interact with robots and unmanned vehicles performing real tasks.

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Pitsco Debuts STEM Expeditions


Pitsco Education continues its innovative development of cross-curricular STEM content with the release of STEM Expeditions.

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Blue Ocean’s New Industrial Mini-Picker


Blue Ocean Robotics, a leading provider of emerging robots and automation solutions, recently announced the release of their standard solution for 3D bin picking of small industrial parts, the Mini-Picker bin picking solution.

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Bacteria: The Next Frontier in Mind Control

VT bacteria

In a paper published in Scientific Reports, Virginia Tech scientist, Warren Ruder, used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

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WPI’s Berenson Receives IEEE Early Career Award

Prof Berenson (right) (1)

Dmitry Berenson, assistant professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been awarded the 2016 Early Career Award by the IEEE-RAS.

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NASA, WPI Partner for $1.5M Sample Return Robot Challenge

West Virginia winners (4)

2016 will be the fifth year in a row that Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and NASA will team up in pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and for planet Earth. Registrations are now being accepted for the $1.5 million 2016 Sample Return Robot (SRR) Challenge.

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“Boaty McBoatface” Lives on as a Sub-Sea ROV!


U.K.'s new polar research vessel, RSS David Attenborough launches in 2019. If the voting public had its way, it would be RSS Boaty McBoatface. To appease voters, the name lives on as the sub-sea ROV onboard.

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MIT’s Decentralized Algorithm for Teams of Robots

Christine Daniloff:MIT

At the 2016 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Stockholm, MIT researchers presented a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but moving obstacles, as well.

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