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

March 15, 2018

UC San Diego Grad Students Build a Robotics Community

Nanoengineering Ph.D. student Caleb Christianson and mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Benjamin Shih created the Association for Robotics Graduate Students here at UC San Diego at the end of 2016. Both Shih and Christianson are part of the Bioinspired Robotics and Design Lab led by mechanical engineering professor Mike Tolley. Full Story

March 15, 2018

Lasers, batteries and autonomy: get the latest updates at Research Expo

Breakthrough lasers, better batteries for electric vehicles, and autonomous robots are on the docket for the faculty tech-talks at the 37th annual Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo at the University of California San Diego.  Full Story

Robotics Seminars

March 8, 2018

The New Wave in Robot Grasping

CRI Lecture Series - Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley Learn More

March 1, 2018

Materials, Processes and Integration Strategies for Polymers in Bioinspired and Biomimetic Applications

CRI Lecture Series - Dan Sameoto from University of Alberta Learn More

January 31, 2018

Efficient Coding, Prediction and Mental Imagery for Intelligent, Cognitive Behavior in Robots

CRI Lecture Series - Jeff Kirchmar Learn More

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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