Abstract: Mobile robots are becoming widely deployed, thanks to their increasing
utility and affordability. They have started to carve out niches where
there is a value proposition for users in the home, the military, and
industry. This presentation will describe some of the current iRobot
systems that have benefited from these trends. With thousands of ground
robots deployed for tasks like IED neutralization, where they save
lives every day, the question from the users is no longer whether there
is a need for robots, but when more capabilities will be available.
This presentation will illustrate our research efforts to develop
tomorrow’s platforms and capabilities, ranging from throwbots to
shape-shifting soft robots, and from efforts to increase autonomy to
projects in multi-robot control, collaborative robots, HRI and
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