Robotics bridges artificial intelligence, machine learning, control theory, signal processing, mechanical engineering, electronics, and microengineering in an endeavor to solve real world problems. Current trends in robotics no longer view the robot in isolation, but consider its interactions with humans, be it when the robot becomes a prosthesis or when the robot collaborates with humans on the same factory line. Ensuring that robots are safe to use, extending the robot’s perception through artificial skin, miniaturizing components and actuators, designing new interfaces for tele-operation, endowing robots with the ability to analyze multimodal and noisy signals, and allowing robots to move and react within milliseconds are a few of the areas being explored by our researchers.

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