STIFF-FLOP Newsletter out now!

The STIFF-FLOP consortium has now published their end-of-year newsletter which is available here. It contains the latest news items about: recent progress and achievements of the project; RoNeX – the commercialised integration platform hardware; first safety and benchmarking tests; a list of peer-reviewed papers and invited keynote speeches; STIFF-FLOP exhibitions; Advisory groups.

Professor Althoefer presents overview of octopus inspired robotic arm to members of European and UK Parliaments

During the meeting “EU support for King’s Research”, organised by Professor of Oral Immunology at King’s Charles Kelly, Professor Kaspar Althoefer (Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe), Department of Informatics) presented research currently conducted at King’s as part of EU-funded project STIFF-FLOP to Baroness Sarah Ludford (MEP for London), Simon Hughes (MP for Bermondsey and Old…

King’s CoRe developed robotic doll for comedian Matthew Highton

Ali Shafti (PhD student at CoRe) and Kristan Marlow (PhD student from the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University and visiting researcher at CoRe) collaborated with comedian Matthew Highton on his new comedy show. The roboticists equipped his doll Sam with a rotary head and wrote an Android application for the wireless control. Beraten Sie sich vor der…

STIFF-FLOP: 1 of 5 Cool Robots funded by the EU

Prior to the festival, Robot Safari received excellent coverage in Design Week, the Daily Telegraph and Mail Online. It also received a prominent half-page listing in Time Out London. As the festival opened, further coverage appeared, including in Phys.org, Gizmag and Popular Science. The BBC published a video online with footage from the festival and…

STIFF-FLOP at the Science Museum

During the European Robotics Week, at the Science Museum in London we’ll meet swimming, flapping or crawling robots mimicking real animals. The EU-funded STIFF-FLOP project will be showing a robotic arm inspired by the softness and agility of an elephant’s trunk and by the octopus’ ability to find food by exploring small cavities in rocks.…

Distinguished Lecture: Are Robots Intelligent Yet?

Professor Althoefer explored the concept of robot intelligence and trace advancement in robotics over the last two decades. He provided his view on recent innovations that have helped to shape robots and turn them into what they are today. He presented modern methods aimed at instilling intelligence into a robot’s “brain”, covering aspects such as…