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Robotics and AI Pioneer Ayanna Howard Named 2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer
Ayanna Howard, the 2021-2022 Association for Computing Machinery Athena Lecturer, discusses her career, diversity efforts, and hope for the future in engineering.

Soft Robotics Research Grows, but Developers Must Advance Field, Says UC Santa Barbara Professor
While there has been much academic interest in soft robotics lately, research should advance the field, say three authors of a new paper on the technology.

Ingenuity Helicopter Marks Fourth Mars Flight as NASA Prepares for New Demonstration Phase
As a bonus to its existing record-setting flights on Mars, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could undertake more missions, as NASA JPL takes advantage of the Perseverance Rover schedule.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Deployed by Scripps Find Thousands of Barrels of Toxic Waste Near Los Angeles
A REMUS 6000 and a Bluefin underwater robot conducted a survey off the coast of Los Angeles and identified more than 100,000 debris objects, including barrels of DDT.

Allen Institute for AI Adds Object Manipulation to AI2-THOR Framework
Robotic manipulation poses several challenges. The ManipulaTHOR framework is built on a physics engine and enables realistic interactions with objects while navigating through scenes and performing tasks.

Additive Manufacturing Production System Can Now Use 316L Stainless Steel, Says Desktop Metal
Desktop Metal said it has qualified 316L stainless steel, which is useful in applications requiring hygiene and durability, for use in its Production System P-50.

NASA Ingenuity Makes History as First Drone Flight on Mars
NASA JPL reported today that the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has made the first powered and controlled flight on another planet, 117 years after the Wright Brother's first flight.

ANA Avatar XPRIZE Selects Semifinalists in Telepresence Competition
The Avatar XPRIZE, sponsored by Japanese airline ANA, seeks to advance the projection of human presence for disaster recovery, healthcare, and other uses.

WiBotic Gains CE Marks for Two Robot Wireless Charging Systems
WiBotic, which provides wireless charging systems and management software for robots, drones, and underwater vehicles, has obtained international approvals.

Vaarst Spins Off From Rovco to Add AI, Autonomy to Marine Robotics
England-based Vaarst's SubSLAM X2 system provides robotic spatial awareness and live 3D point clouds to any device without positioning systems.

Allied Electronics & Automation Partners With Colorado State Robotics Team for Moon Mining Competition
Allied Electronics is sponsoring students from CSU's Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering to help them improve excavation robots for the Lunabotics contest.


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