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


April 25, 2018

Transparent eel-like soft robot can swim silently underwater

An innovative, eel-like robot developed by engineers and marine biologists at the University of California can swim silently in salt water without an electric motor. Instead, the robot uses artificial muscles filled with water to propel itself. The foot-long robot, which is connected to an electronics board that remains on the surface, is also virtually transparent.  The team, which includes researchers from UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, details their work in the April 25 issue of Science Robotics.  Full Story


April 10, 2018

Turning injectable medicines into inhalable treatments with the help of smart phone components

Imagine if all childhood vaccines could get delivered with an inhaler rather than shots; or wiping away tuberculosis bacteria in a patient’s lungs with an inhaler; or disinfecting a hospital room thoroughly with a diffuser. These are the goals of a research team led by Professor James Friend in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California San Diego. Their efforts were recently boosted when Friend received a prestigious $900,000 research grant from the Keck Foundation, whose mission is to support pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research. Full Story


Robotics Seminars


April 26, 2018

Smart Robotic Assistants for Manufacturing Applications

CRI Lecture Series - SK Gupta from University of Southern California Learn More


April 20, 2018

Gait Rehabilitation for Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries using the Treadport locomotion Interface

CRI Lecture Sereis - John Hollerbach from University of Utah. Note change location Learn More


April 5, 2018

Rapid Robotic Prototyping with Machine Embroidery

CRI Lecture Series: Cindy K. Harnett, University of Louisville Learn More


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


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