TopCoder, Inc., the world's largest open innovation platform and competitive community of 470,000 digital creators, announced two new marathon competitions hosted through the NASA Tournament Lab that will look to continue delivery of output-based high value returns in the most cost-effective and measurable software development process currently available to government agencies.
An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities has designed a robotic surgery system specifically designed to treat bladder cancer, the sixth most common form of cancer in the US and the most expensive to treat.
Recently, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a surgeon performed a groundbreaking robotic laparoscopic procedure on a 35-year-old pregnant patient whose cervix was too short to sustain a pregnancy.
This new title aims to provide an accessible, consolidated forum where an accumulation of peer-reviewed scientific knowledge on the design, development, testing, and applications of unmanned vehicle systems (UVS) in the air, on and under the water, and on land is published and disseminated. The journal is broadly themed into four main areas: civil, environmental, military, and engineering technology; contributions are invited from recognized researchers and practitioners in academia, government and industry from all over the world.
TOrque controlled humanoid RObot (TORO), the German Aerospace Center's walking machine, has become more human-like - an upper body, a head with camera eyes and arms have been added. TORO is now complete, with forearms and hands with sensors and flexible joints that allow it to respond to its environment with exceptional sensitivity.
To help save time and money, and improve the accuracy and quality of cargo inspections, an EU-funded research project has developed a fleet of remote-controlled robots that crawl through cargo ships in search of cracks, corrosion and other defects.
Robots have helped humans navigate outer space, land on the moon and explore Mars - but they can still get stuck in the sand. Carnegie Mellon University's internationally renowned roboticist, William Whittaker, is leading a new NASA-funded study to keep them moving forward.
In one of the earliest experiments using a humanoid robot to deliver speech and physical therapy to a stroke patient, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst saw notable speech and physical therapy gains and significant improvement in quality of life.