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New UT program puts focus on ethical AI, building robots to do 'helpful tasks' - KXAN

AUSTIN (KXAN) — How does society approach the ethical use of artificial intelligence and building robots?

It’s a question students at the University of Texas at Austin will soon have to take a deeper look into.

Called CREATE (Convergent, Responsible, and Ethical AI Training Experience for Roboticists), it will offer graduate coursework and professional development in responsible design and implementation

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Robots for Humans - Texas CEO Magazine

 

A Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Paine and Jeff Cardenas of Apptronik

 

The two 35-year-olds, who cofounded Apptronik and serve as its Chief Executive and Chief Strategy Officer respectively, didn’t get into the field of robotics to tinker around the edges. In fact, Nicholas told Jeff early on that his greatest fear was Apptronik becoming “a robot vacuum cleaner company.” These native Texans are thinking a lot bigger than an improved Roomba: We’re talking humanoid robots, Iron Man suits, and other innovations that have the potential to transform how humans live.

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University of Texas and Bush Combat Development Complex Robotics Collaboration Begins

Research teams at The Texas A&M University System’s George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC) and The University of Texas at Austin have begun a collaborative research effort to modernize the Army’s autonomous systems.

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AI and Robotics: UT Austin Leads the Way

The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences and Cockrell School of Engineering are partnering on life-changing research in artificial intelligence and robotics — ensuring that UT continues to lead the way in launching tomorrow’s technologies. Learn more about Texas Robotics, the new Machine Learning Lab supported by a transformational gift from Amir and Zaib Husain, UT’s partnership with the Army Futures Lab and the campus being selected to house the NSF’s AI Institute for Foundations of Machine Learning. Presented by UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences and Cockrell School of Engineering.

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Professors Qixing Huang and Joydeep Biswas Awarded NSF Career Award

The National Science Foundation’s CAREER award is a prestigious award presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to early-career faculty who have showcased potential as academic role models and have shown excellence in their role as teacher-scholars. The award is given once every year and recipients receive a federal grant for research and education activities.

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Professors Joydeep Biswas and Qixing Huang

What Starts Here: Texas Robotics

 

The Texas Robotics feature of UT Austin's "What Starts Here" video series. What Starts Here Changes the World. From human robot interaction and long term autonomy to surgery, recovery and rehabilitation, Texas Robotics is leading across fields. Anna Hiss Gymnasium is the hub for UT Austin's growing Robotics faculty and students. We hope to see many advances in the field of Robotics come from this Gymnasium in the coming years. Footage courtesy of the Longhorn Network.

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Interview with Grit Ventures Academic Council Member, Dr. Justin Hart

As a professor of computer science at UT Austin and assistant director of Texas Robotics, Dr. Justin Hart is actively working to bring the robot-filled society of his childhood dreams to reality. 

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Dr. Justin Hart

Our Child’s TBI: A Rehabilitation Engineer’s Personal Experience, Technological Approach, and Lessons Learned

Texas Roboticist Dr. James Sulzer shares a rehabilitation engineer’s personal experience with TBI after his daughter's injury.

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Dr. James Sulzer

Yaskawa Partnership Accelerates Robotics Research at The University of Texas at Austin

A new partnership between UT and Yaskawa aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research and innovation within the university's robotics community. Spearheaded by R&D lead at Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division, and UTCS Alumnus Chetan Kapoor, this partnership is marked with a gift of a dual-arm, SDA10F robot that will be available for the use of the Texas Robotics faculty.

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Bridging the Gap Between Industry and Academia

UT Austin collaborates with Bosch to drive automated research

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Professor Peter Stone Named ACM Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery

The award goes only to highly distinguished computer scientists representing the top 1% of ACM members.

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José del R. Millán: Building the Brain-Computer Interface

This news feature is part of Dell Med's Voices, a series of profiles that highlight the people of Dell Med as they work to improve health with a unique focus on our community.

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UT's ReNeu Robotics' Harmony Exoskeleton is featured in Dell Magazine's recent issue

Click below to for a link to the magazine. Harmony Exoskeleton's story begins on page 56.

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Completed Robotics Lab Unveiled For Army Futures Command Research

Gov. Abbott, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy visit campus for demonstration-filled tour 

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Mobile Robotics Lab Reaches Milestone in Campus-Scale Autonomous Navigation

TXCS researchers have deployed an autonomous robot that navigates on the campus-scale, resilient to everyday changes and varying conditions. 

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Texas Robotics Co-Organizes AAAI Spring Sympoisum

"Machine Learning for Mobile Robot Navigation in the Wild" symposium to take place on March 22-24 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, USA.

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Andrea Thomaz and Moxi on NBC Nightly News

Associate Professor Andrea Thomaz and Moxi made an appearance on NBC Nightly News and showed how robotics are helping essential workers.

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Recent Texas Robotics Publications

Click Here to Review Recent Texas Robotics Publications.

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Anna Hiss Gymnasium South Wing Opens

Click here to find more information on the South Wing facilities.

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Welcome New Faculty

We would like to welcome Ann Majewicz Fey, David Fridovich-Keil, and Sandeep Chinchali.

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New DARPA Project on Competency-Aware Machine Learning

UT Austin will be undertaking research on how robots can build competency models of their perception algorithms.

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Peter Stone had Two Papers Accepted at the IJCAI

Peter Stone had two papers accepted at the IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)

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Joydeep Biswas Presented an Accepted Paper at the EAAI

Joydeep Biswas presented paper at the EAAI (Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence) symposium.

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Welcome New Faculty

We would like to welcome Farshid Alambeigi, Joydeep Biswas, Jose del R. MIllan, and Yuke Zhu.

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Dr. Scott Niekum Receives Young Investigator Award

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