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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.

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.
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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.
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Engadget has featured new research from Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group at CSAIL, focusing on the group’s work to increase collaboration between robots and humans.

The Discovery Channel has featured new work from Professor Brian Williams’ Model-based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group (MERS) at CSAIL on its Daily Planet show. The segment features CSAIL graduate student Peng Yu and his work with increasing collaboration between humans and robots. During the Daily Planet feature, Yu demonstrates a new system for controlling quadcopters, eventually allowing Daily Planet host Lucas Cochran to guide the quadcopter through a model city using audio and gesture controls. The system could be used for search and rescue operations or surveillance, according to Yu. To check out the Daily Planet clip, please visit: http://www.discovery.ca/Article.aspx?aid=47419.