Our research teams are working to solve today’s pressing challenges in key areas including healthcare and autonomous vehicles.

Long term, we aim to develop robots that serve society in real time, in the real world. These robotic systems will adapt, evolve and create their own solutions based on the people and situations – the context – they encounter. And they’ll need to be secure.

To deliver, we are tackling fundamental research bottlenecks that will open up new capabilities for robots. Autonomous operation in many different environments is just one example.

Our plans require new approaches to research. New paradigms. We’ve aligned world-class expertise in hardware, software, cognitive science, design, machine learning, materials, security, and more, to make it happen.

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Contextual Robotics Institute's fourth-annual Forum was October 27, 2017.

Read the wrap-up story.

Robotics News


December 18, 2017

Driving Robotic Rehab

Rehabilitation robotics, although still an emerging field, is getting a shot of adrenaline because of sheer necessity. University researchers are developing novel approaches for using robotics to help our wounded veterans live more active lifestyles. Dr. Michael Yip, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab (ARCLab), at the University of California San Diego is working with the U.S. Navy to create robotic orthotics and prosthetics that adjust to the wearer's activities. Full Story


November 20, 2017

Controls expert Miroslav Krstic holds record seven fellowships in technical and scientific societies

2017 is turning out to be a banner year for Miroslav Krstic, a controls expert at the University of California San Diego who also serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for research here on campus.  Full Story


Robotics Seminars


January 26, 2018

Stochastic Models in Robotics

Gregory Chirikjian from Johns Hopkins University will present a seminar on stochastic models in robotics. Learn More


January 19, 2018

Planning and Decision Making for Autonomous Spacecraft and Space Robots

Marco Pavone from Stanford University will present planning and decision-making techniques for safely and efficiently maneuvering autonomous aerospace vehicles during proximity operations, manipulation tasks, and surface locomotion. Learn More


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