Archive for October 9th, 2009

High Speed Robot Arm

A high speed robot arm dribbles, spins a pen, throws and catches, knots, and uses tweezers to pick up a grain of rice.  Link to video at

The robot is under development at Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory.  You can see additional videos and demonstration at their web site.

Robotic Bees

Harvard Researchers Developing Robotic Bees.

Computerworld (10/8, Cooney) reports, “Harvard University researchers recently got a $10 million grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees, or RoboBees to among other things, spur innovation in ultra-low-power computing and electronic ‘smart’ sensors; and refine coordination algorithms to manage multiple, independent machines.”  The research “could lead to a better understanding of how to artificially mimic the unique collective behavior and intelligence of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices,” according to the school.  “The bees will be made up of a variety of technologies including UV and optical sensors as well as pollination and docking capabilities, the researchers stated.  In addition, achieving autonomous flight will require compact high-energy power sources and associated electronics, integrated seamlessly into the ‘body’ of the machine, researchers stated.”

Reposted from the October 8, 2009 ASEE First Bell briefing.

Upcoming RCL Short Course

“Intro to Logistic Regression”

Kathy Gerber
Research Computing Support Specialist
Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom

This session will provide an overview to logistic regression, as it pertains to quantitative statistics.

You can register for this course at

This session is part of the Fall 2009 Research Computing Lab Short Course Series

Best Jobs in America has released its 2009 list of the top 50 careers in America with the best prospects of great pay and growth.  Number 1 on the list?  Systems Engineer!

Several other types of engineering-related jobs are also included.  Here is a link to the complete list.

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