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Robotics competitions showcase the collaborative power of ROS—the Robot Operating System

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, Ph.D., P.E. It’s been said that there’s nothing like a little healthy competition to motivate a winner. However, in the world of robotics, recent competitions are making it quite clear that winners are everywhere—in every industry and every part of the globe—thanks to the collaborative power of ROS, otherwise known as the Robot Operating System. In fact, if there’s one thing other than sheer inventive genius that can be credited with spurring the massive robot...

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AI is hitting the road—and not only in self-driving cars

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor When most people think about AI and transportation, their minds go immediately to self-driving cars. But while the delivery of truly autonomous vehicles that are safe and reliable in all environments, all of the time, remains in the relatively distant future, AI is already being applied in a variety of applications that are poised to transfo...

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New tariff threat offers robotics & AI exposure at a discount

The markets are jittering again as US-China trade negotiations enter the final stretch. Just days ahead of a scheduled visit of China’s trade team to Washington, President Trump renewed his threat to ramp up tariffs on $200B of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The news hit stocks hard on Monday and Tuesday—especially robotics and automation companies. At ROBO Global, we believe that such a pullback presents investors with a rare opportunity to increase exposure to robotics, automation and AI...

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Tackling our big AI challenge

By lllah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD Applying AI in the real world is no simple task. While artificial intelligence has much to offer, it is the responsibility of engineers, computer scientists, and technologists to create AI systems that operate in symbiotic synchronicity with human beings. And yet, all too often, AI is seen as the silver-bullet solution to nearly every problem—from cutting manufacturing costs, to guaranteeing same-day delivery, to curing cancer. But in our rush to deliver on AI’...

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Who’s that knocking at the door? AI has finally come home

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor More than 25 years ago, I found myself, once again, sitting at a conference watching a presentation by a major consulting firm. But this one was different from anything I’d seen before. The video showed what was then a fantastical scene of a woman getting ready for work. Standing in her kitchen, she told her coffee maker to brew a hot cup ...

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At a SXSW keynote address, Raffaello D’Andrea and his drones take center stage

At South by Southwest (SXSW) this year, ROBO Global co-founder and strategic advisor Raffaello D’Andrea took the spotlight at the Sony WOW Studio in Austin, TX. The focus of his keynote address: the future of drones. D’Andrea’s goal is simple. As he told the audience, he strives “to push the boundaries of what autonomous systems can do—and, in particular, drones.” Soon after, a swirl of drones rose from the ground, enveloping the crowd in a perfectly choreographed demonstration of...

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When a rose is not a rose: Defining the theme of robotics, automation & AI

Just six years ago, ROBO Global was a lonely voice in the world of robotics investing. While many saw robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI) as an exciting theme, almost everyone was quick to recognize the momentous challenge of making sense of this fractured and almost completely unstructured space. Who were the real front-runners? Who were the emerging players? How would the theme unfold in the years to come? It was obvious that with so many moving parts, the answers to these key questions were c...

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Spotlight on Asia: A conversation with Morten Paulsen

By Jeremie Capron, Head of Research, ROBO Global I recently had the opportunity to speak with Morten Paulsen, the Head of Research and a Managing Director at CLSA Japan. As a member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board, Morten’s insights into developments in robotics, automation, and AI in Asia help inform our research and alert us to the latest advancements coming to the forefront from both current industry leaders and emerging companies. Morten has covered the Japanese robotics an...

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Being human in a digital world

By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich Co-founder of Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics) Founder of Verity Studios Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, ROBO Global It is no surprise that technology is transforming life as we know it. But while recent advancements have created a wave of powerful and somewhat predictable outcomes—enhanced global communication, streamlined manufacturing, real-time information access, the list goes on—other effect...

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Why invest in AI? Core technologies hold the answer

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego For some, investing in artificial intelligence feels like banking on the unknown. The concepts behind AI can range from sounding futuristic to downright fictional. And yet, when you break down AI and explore the core technologies that drive it, look at what they are delivering today, and then consider what they are capable of delivering tomorrow, it’s suddenly quite easy...

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