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


January 25, 2018

UC San Diego Drone Research Takes Flight

UC San Diego inaugurated the first open-air aerodrome for unmanned aerial vehicles here on campus last week. The opening is the first step in what engineers hope will be a new era for drone research on campus. One of the goals is to create a living laboratory for unmanned aerial vehicles by bringing together researchers from across campus, including computer scientists, structural, mechanical, aerospace, electrical and computer engineers and scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Full Story


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


Robotics Seminars


March 8, 2018

The New Wave in Robot Grasping

CRI Lecture Series - Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley 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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