In: User-Centered Design

A group of four young people stands around a computer. One wears glasses and has a black prosthetic arm.

Putting prosthetics research back in touch

Researchers urge the greater prosthesis engineering community to listen to end users' actual needs.

Headshot of Mathias Unberath wearing a gray T-shirt in front of a whiteboard.

Mathias Unberath receives Google Research Scholar Award

The Google Research Scholar Program supports early-career professors who are pursuing cutting-edge research.

Robot programming for everyday people

New Demoshop software makes it easier to teach robots to help in the workplace.

Illustrated drawing of companion robots

Canine Comfort

A hospital stay can be a confusing and scary experience for many children. Chien-Ming Huang and team are designing robotic companions, modeled after service animals, for pediatric patients.

Robot companions

Plays well with humans

In the not-too-distant future, robots might assist us at home, school, hospitals, and workplaces. Roboticists and ethicists want to ensure they do so effectively, and help rather than hurt—even if it's just our feelings.

Gopkika Ajaykumar

Gopika Ajaykumar: Giving robots a new perspective

Some people think that robots are merely villains in science fiction movies. In reality, robots play an increasingly important role in...