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How an artificial intelligence bends a single molecule

Molecules, which are collections of tightly bound atoms, are all around in everyday life. For example, you can read this article because the light impinging on your retina drives a molecule called retinaldehyde to bend into a new 3D structure. This fine-tuning in the molecule's... click to read more

  • Christian Wagner | Group Leader at Peter-Grünberg Institute (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • Klaus-Robert Müller | Professor at Machine Learning Group, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • F. Stefan Tautz | Professor at Peter-Grünberg Institute (PGI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Views 3077
Reading time 4.5 min
published on Jul 9, 2021
Cheetah-inspired soft robots: how to make robots run fast?

Soft robots are made of rubber-like soft materials that mimic soft-bodied insects and animals such as caterpillar, snake, jellyfish, and octopus. Unlike conventional rigid robots, soft robots can continuously deform their soft body to navigate through confined spaces, thereby enabling safe and adaptive interactions with... click to read more

  • Jie Yin | Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • Yichao Tang | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Views 3520
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 4, 2021
A robotic capsule to explore the gastrointestinal tract

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract place a significant burden on society and include colorectal cancer, which alone accounts for almost a million deaths each year. Standard flexible endoscopy is the gold standard procedure to diagnose these diseases. It involves the skillful navigation of a long... click to read more

  • Joseph C. Norton | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at STORM Lab, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Views 5657
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 4, 2020
AntBot is able to go home like desert ants

Autonomous navigation is one of the leading technological challenges of the 21st century in the fields of the automotive industry, air and maritime transport, and mobile robotics. To be functional, such systems must perform multi-sensor data fusion provided by the GPS and other devices like... click to read more

  • Julien Dupeyroux | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
  • Stéphane Viollet | Research Director at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
  • Julien R. Serres | Associate Professor at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
Views 4636
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 29, 2019
Can robots teach us about animal flight?

Insights into animal flight control are of great interest not only for biologists but also for designers of bio-inspired flying robots. The common approach in animal flight research is to record the animals while maneuvering with high-speed cameras. The footage is processed to reconstruct the... click to read more

  • Matěj Karásek | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Views 3965
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 10, 2019