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Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-06-11
Technologies Improve Quality of Life(external link)

As people live longer, the number of those with disabilities will rise significantly. About 15 percent of the world’s population today lives with some form of disability, up from 10 percent in the 1970s, according to the World Health Organization. Many disabled people are hard-pressed to do such household chores as cleaning and cooking or even simply moving around. But innovative technologies are being developed to help, and IEEE members are at the forefront of these efforts.

Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-06-11
iRobot and Cisco Team Up to Create Ava 500 Telepresence Robot(external link)

One of the biggest companies in robotics has teamed up with one of the biggest in telepresence to create a new remote collaboration robot. iRobot and Cisco announced today they are working together to develop a robot called Ava 500 that can autonomously drive itself around an office and offers a crisp HD telepresence experience.
Read the whole story at iRobot and Cisco Team Up to Create Ava 500 Telepresence Robot(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-04-26
What allows you to identify your favorite song after only a few notes, or recognize the aroma and taste of your favorite dish? Until recently, all we had were educated guesses. But in early March, a massively ambitious brain-mapping effort called the Human Connectome Project released thousands of images showing which parts of the brain act in concert to do something as seemingly simple as recognizing a face. ...

A Wiring Diagram of the Brain(external link), on IEEE Spectrum, May 2013.
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-04-22
We like to think that we have moved on from the Middle Ages, but do universities from that period have something to teach us about the role of government in education? This column thinks so.


Go to ROARS(external link) for the whole article.
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-04-21
Sette milioni di matricole, un milione e mezzo di laureati di cui circa 700 mila ingegneri. Sono i numeri annuali del sistema universitario cinese che, però, da tempo vuole aprirsi agli studenti stranieri considerandoli uno dei canali per elevare la posizione internazionale del settore dell’istruzione. ...

Leggi tutto l'articolo sul Corriere della Sera(external link)
Published di fortunato.bianconi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-04-11
The workshop "Tomorrow's robotics seen by PhD students: another vision?" took
place on March in Lyon (France) as part of the European Robotics Forum 2013.

The slides of the workshop are now available at
http://www-sop.inria.fr/coprin/ERF2013/Workshop_Students/Workshop_finalERF2013.pdf(external link)

During the workshop, PhD students and postdocs gave their point of view on the
future of robotics, before a discussion with the audience. Several topics were
addressed:
- Assistive personal robotics
- Societal impact of robotics
- Compensation or enhancement through robot
- Underwater multi-robots technics for exploration
- From research to industrial applications
- Trends in surgical robotics

More details of the presentations can be found at
http://www-sop.inria.fr/coprin/ERF2013/Workshop_Students/presentations.html(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-03-22
Can a robotics journalist with a degree in geology program a real robot to do cool new stuff? We're going to find out, with a new series of articles featuring the TurtleBot 2.

Enter the fascinating world of Robotics and ROS. Read the whole article at Spectrum(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-03-21
Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.

Read the whole article on Nature(external link).
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-03-13
Towards a topic groups on Robotics for Health

The workshop takes place on 21st of March 2013 from 8:30 - 12:30 at the Forum.

Robotics for health is an application domain carrying many challenges for economy, research and society in Europe. In the perspective of the Robotics 2020 PPP, the euRobotics aisbl plans the creation of different forms of working groups. Topic groups in particular are foreseen as one of the main centres of activities within the association. The objective of this workshop is to investigate the possibilities to create a topic group on robotics for Health.

This workshop is divided in two parts. In the first part, researchers and industry representatives in robotics as well as end user representatives will present the experience they have in robotics for health and their expectation from the PPP programme in terms of involvement, achievement and organization of the topic group.

In a second part we will organize a round table with stakeholders to shape the topic group. The roundtable will debate about the opportunity to create a topic group, on the organizations and people interested in this working group, on the type of support they could provide, and on the points of view and expectations of stakeholders.

Organisers:

· Christophe Leroux, CEA LIST
· Birgit Graf, Fraunhofer IPA

Further information on the workshop can be found at:

http://www-list.cea.fr/images/stories/cea_list/Actualites/2013/erf-ws-robotics-for-health-topic.pdf(external link)

and at the Forum’s website:

http://www.eurobotics2013.com/(external link)
Published di paolo.valigi@diei.unipg.it il 2013-02-07
Few people are aware of what a major player IEEE is in the field of life sciences, not least because its activities are scattered across 29 of the organization’s societies, technical councils, and committees. The life sciences encompass nanobiotechnology, genomics, health informatics, and surgical robots, as well as ways to improve health care and lower medical costs.

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