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We're at ICRA in Sweden to Bring You the Latest in Robots, and Duckies

The best robotics research from the largest IEEE robotics conference

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Image: ICRA via YouTube

Tomorrow, the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) opens in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the next three days, more than 1,200 robotics research papers will be presented through a bunch of concurrent interactive conference sessions, and we’ll be running around doing our best to check out every single one of them.

To give you a sense of the kind of thing that we’re expecting to see, here are a quartet of highlights videos that ICRA put together from this year’s paper submissions, featuring the yellow ducky mascot:

See something you’d like details on? Let us know, and we’ll find out more starting tomorrow. And check back the rest of the week (and probably on into next few weeks) for an in-depth look at the most interesting robotics research that we can find.

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How Robots Can Help Us Act and Feel Younger

Toyota’s Gill Pratt on enhancing independence in old age

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An illustration of a woman making a salad with robotic arms around her holding vegetables and other salad ingredients.
Dan Page

By 2050, the global population aged 65 or more will be nearly double what it is today. The number of people over the age of 80 will triple, approaching half a billion. Supporting an aging population is a worldwide concern, but this demographic shift is especially pronounced in Japan, where more than a third of Japanese will be 65 or older by midcentury.

Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which was established by Toyota Motor Corp. in 2015 to explore autonomous cars, robotics, and “human amplification technologies,” has also been focusing a significant portion of its research on ways to help older people maintain their health, happiness, and independence as long as possible. While an important goal in itself, improving self-sufficiency for the elderly also reduces the amount of support they need from society more broadly. And without technological help, sustaining this population in an effective and dignified manner will grow increasingly difficult—first in Japan, but globally soon after.

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