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Bloomberg Businessweek

Bloomberg TV featured the work of John Leonard, a professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and a principal investigator at CSAIL, in a new piece focused on the future of robotics. During a visit to CSAIL, Bloomberg’s Matt Miller spoke with Leonard about his work with robotic mapping and navigation, in particular his research focused on enabling the PR2 to navigate the Stata Center.
 
The piece focused on how robots are becoming more and more useful for humans everyday life. “I certainly believe that robots can make the world a better place,” said Leonard.
 
Check out the full video below.



In a new video on the future of robotics, Bloomberg Businessweek featured Professor Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotic Systems Group (MERS) and their work with developing new methods for robots and humans to work together in efficient and successful ways. The video features Steven Levine, a graduate student at CSAIL, demonstrating his work programming a robotic arm that could operate alongside humans in a manufacturing setting. 
 
In the piece, Levine explains his group’s research motivation, which is develop robots that are easier to communicate with so that they will be more adaptable in human society.
 
Check out the full video below.