Sen. Mark Warner highlights benefits of drone use in visit to Ferrum | The Roanoke Times

FERRUM — When asked about the future of Virginia’s economy, there is one industry at the top of Sen. Mark Warner’s mind. “If I was starting all over again, the area that I would go into is unmanned systems,” he said.

Warner, who was an early investor in cellular service provider...Read More »

Into the Darkness: UVA Robot Maps Historic Tunnel | UVA Today

Nicola Bezzo is using robots to map the past.

Bezzo, a University of Virginia assistant professor in the departments of Systems and Information Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and two of his graduate students, Esen Yel and Tony Lin, have had a hand in mapping the Blue Ridge Tunnel,...Read More »

Students, robots as busy and efficient as bees at Virginia Western event | The Roanoke TImes

The challenges of coaxing a small, quirky robot along a ping-pong-table-sized course were readily apparent at Saturday’s Worker Bots contest.

Held at Virginia Western Community College, Worker Bots was the 11th annual autonomous robot competition put on by the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It attracted 29...Read More »

U.S. startup Zipline has teamed up with the Rwandan government to deliver blood supplies by drone | Time

For several days Delphine Twese Hamwe’s 2-year old daughter, Ghislane Ihimbazwe, had been screeching in pain as fever wracked her tiny body. A nurse at the local clinic in central Rwanda told her that an acute form of malaria was attacking her daughter’s red blood cells. There was...Read More »

Drone inspections of natural gas pipelines may soon be reality | TRIB Live

Drones may be able to detect incipient leaks in underground natural gas pipelines, and even prevent them, once technical and regulatory hurdles have been resolved.

Officials cited corrosion as a factor in a natural gas pipeline explosion that rocked Salem last year. But Conshocken-based drone entrepreneur David Yoel, a...Read More »

MathWorks Advisory Board 2017

On October 12, MathWorks will hold its annual customer advisory meeting between MathWorks senior development managers, application engineers, and key customers at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC.

This once-a-year program is a highly interactive event featuring a full day of presentations plus a technical showcase. This year, Chris Portal, senior engineering...Read More »

Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia | Henrico Citizen

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but...Read More »

Robots have invaded Virginia Beach's libraries | The Virginia Pilot

With several objects about the size of tennis balls whizzing along the ground, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library looked almost like a gymnasium.

A group of youngsters stood nearby, eagerly trying to move the balls by remote control. Sometimes, they crashed into walls. Sometimes, they changed colors.

What exactly was going on?

The...Read More »

Meet the man teaching robot artists to paint like humans | Vice News

Pindar Van Arman has spent more than a decade teaching robots to become painters. He’s trying to build real artists — not glorified printers or Instagram filters but algorithms that make creative decisions and develop their own style over time.

Van Arman is a computer security contractor in northern Virginia. The hardware...Read More »

Researchers developing robot to help kids with autism socialize | WKBN

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – His name is NOA — pronounced “now” — and he may be the future of autism intervention.

The humanoid robot is part of a two-pronged research initiative aimed at helping kids with autism better socialize and communicate. It uses facial recognition to detect expressions and games that...Read More »

We Have Better Maps of Mars than of the Ocean Floor. Drones Could Change That | Government Technology

(TNS) — Society currently has better maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than of the ocean, says Dan Stilwell with Virginia Tech’s marine robotics research. But he and others are attempting to paint a better picture of the sea floor, which may involve dropping drones into Hampton Roads waters.

Virginia...Read More »

Tech students launch drone racing team | The Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG – Nestor Folta’s drone sounded like a mosquito as it buzzed around an empty field on a recent afternoon, flying around 60 mph through a homemade obstacle course of PVC pipes.

The practice course was designed to be identical to what Folta, 21, and two other Virginia Tech...Read More »

Unmanned Systems Achieve Significant Successes in 2017 Virginia General Assembly

As the Commonwealth’s first and only association dedicated to lobbying on behalf of all sectors of the unmanned industry, the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) played a key role in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly, helping to protect the industry from efforts that would have created barriers and stymied...Read More »

First Mazor X system utilized in Mid-Atlantic for advanced spine surgery procedure | DOTmed

RESTON, VA–(Marketwired – February 02, 2017) – The award-winning spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute are the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to utilize the Mazor X™ System, a transformative robotic platform for spine surgery. Dr. Christopher Good, Dr. Thomas Schuler and Dr. Colin Haines teamed up to perform a...Read More »

Virginia Tech assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft | sUAS News

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risk posed by small unmanned aircraft to anyone on the ground.

This research is key to enabling flights over people....Read More »

PC scientist's discoveries about jellyfish may propel future drones | Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE – The journey that brought Jack Costello to futuristic technology began on the shores of Long Island, where he came of age in the 1960s. Costello loved swimming but hated jellyfish, which would become his adult passion – a passion of intense interest today to the Navy and the...Read More »

JMU students equipping drone to save historic wall in Colombia | Augusta Free Press

How can a group of JMU students help a doctoral student in Colombia determine the effects of climate change on a historically and culturally significant wall in Cartagena?

With a drone, of course.

The six students, who have dubbed their group, “The City Walls Team,” are equipping a drone—built last spring by...Read More »

Meet the 3D-printed robots with soft skins | ZDNet

MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a new way to 3D-print robots which make the devices less prone to damage — by giving them soft skins.

These days, robots are used in many critical areas — working for the military, used in surveillance and land surveys, and are the prized possessions of...Read More »

New U.S. drone rules get positive reviews from researchers | Science Magazine

New U.S. rules on drone operations are getting a general thumbs up from researchers who rely on the unmanned aircraft to collect data and make observations. That marks a shift from a few years ago, when worried researchers went to court to block Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations that...Read More »