Robotics

Roofing drone nails down shingles

An octocopter capable of attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun has been demonstrated at the University of Michigan.

Hi Tech & Innovation

A new framework for vision-based aggressive driving

Researchers at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) of the Georgia Institute of Technology have recently proposed a new framework for aggressive driving using only a monocular camera, IMU sensors and ...

Engineering

Want cheaper nuclear energy? Turn the design process into a game

Nuclear energy provides more carbon-free electricity in the United States than solar and wind combined, making it a key player in the fight against climate change. But the U.S. nuclear fleet is aging, and operators are under ...

Computer Sciences

Model moves computers closer to understanding human conversation

An engineer from the Johns Hopkins Center for Language and Speech Processing has developed a machine learning model that can distinguish functions of speech in transcripts of dialogs outputted by language understanding, or ...

Robotics

AVID: a framework to enhance imitation learning in robots

In recent years, research teams worldwide have been using reinforcement learning (RL) to teach robots how to complete a variety of tasks. Training these algorithms, however, can be very challenging, as it also requires substantial ...

Energy & Green Tech

Making smart thermostats more efficient

Buildings account for about 40% of U.S. energy consumption, and are responsible for one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions. Making buildings more energy-efficient is not only a cost-saving measure, but a crucial climate ...

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