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Daniela Rus

Robert Krulwich, co-host of RadioLab and a science correspondent for NPR, penned a piece drawing attention to CSAIL Director Daniela Rus’ groundbreaking work in robotics.
 “Somebody should be watching Daniela Rus and her pals at MIT, because what they are doing is so crazy, so potentially important, people need to know about them. Not because they're dangerous, but because what they're doing might be changing the world and nobody should change the world without the world noticing,” wrote Krulwich on his NPR blog “Krulwich Wonders.” “In a nutshell, they are letting machines design themselves — guided, at least for now, by humans.”

A team of researchers from Professor Daniela Rus’ Distributed Robotics Lab has developed a new type of self-assembling, jumping, flying rolling, modular robot called M-Blocks. The robots, “are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces,” wrote Larry Hardesty for the MIT News Office.

On Friday, August 9, CSAIL Director Daniela Rus discussed the future of robotics during a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout session hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During the event, Rus discussed her work in robotics, highlighting several recent projects including her group’s “Ikeabot,” a system that allows a team of robots to autonomously assemble Ikea furniture.
Check out the full hangout here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/we-the-geeks.
Read coverage of the hangout on CNET here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/we-the-geeks.

The New Scientist’s Hal Hodson profiled CarSpeak, “a system that allows autonomous vehicles to gain a 3D view of an area could reduce the chance of a collision with an unseen obstacle or person by 14 times.”
Read the full article here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528825.400-talking-cars-help-each-other-see-around-blind-corners.html#.UcicQevHJsE.

CSAIL Director Daniela Rus offered her viewpoint on the role of robots in the labor market. “At MIT, a management robot is learning to run a factory and give orders to artificial co-workers, and a BakeBot robot is reading recipes, whipping together butter, sugar and flour and putting the cookie mix in the oven. At the University of California at Berkeley, a robot can do laundry and then neatly fold ¬T-shirts and towels,” wrote Cecilia Kang for the Washington Post.

Wired reported on Professor Daniela Rus’ new research with printable robotics. “Today, MIT announced a new project, “An Expedition in Computing Printable Programmable Machines,” that aims to give everyone a chance to have his or her own robot,” wrote Daniela Hernandez for Wired. Check out the full article here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/print-your-own-mit-robot/.

IEEE Spectrum chronicled Professor Daniela Rus’ work to reinvent the future of robotics in an April 2012 article on her new National Science Foundation-funded work. “Now imagine if you could use a computer program to specify the overall capabilities and appearance of your robot and, with the push of a button, have the robot fabricated by a special printer right in your living room. That's a futuristic scenario that a new MIT project wants to turn into reality,” wrote Erico Guizzo for IEEE Spectrum. Read the full article here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/printable-....

CNET examined Professor Daniela Rus’ work to create a new system for designing and producing robots funded by a National Science Foundation Expedition Grant. “In the future, you may go to a "Robo Kinkos" store to have your robots printed,” wrote CNET reporter Martin LaMonica. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a five-year research initiative to let people design personalized robots and have them made with three-dimensional printers.” Read the full article here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57408609-76/diy-robots-print-your-own-....

Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL, is leading a movement to revolutionize our access to robots. With help from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Expeditions in Computing Program, Rus and her team in the Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL are developing a new process through which the average person could design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.