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TALKING ROBOTICS – Mines new Robotics Program will hold three talks about current topics in robotics, based on articles in the September 2020 Robotics & Automation Magazine, a special issue titled “On the Horizon for Robotics and Automation 2021.” You can see the Table of Contents here:  Please save these dates and forward to others who might be interested:

SAVE THE DATES of Oct 14, Nov 11, and Dec 9 to join faculty and students from Mines’ new Robotics Program to talk about future horizons in robotics. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Wed, October 14 at 5:00PM – Kevin Moore, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Hazardous Materials Response” 

Wed, November 11  at 5:00PM – Andrew Petruska, “Collaborative Surgical Robots: Optical Tracking During Endovascular Operations”

Wed, December 9 at 5:00PM – Tom Williams and Qin Zhu, “Cognitive Impact of Social Robotics” and “Do Robots have Race?”

New Student Welcome Orientation

On September 23, 2020, a welcome and orientation event was held for the inaugural cohort of students in the Mines Robotics programs, providing practical information about the new interdisciplinary graduate program. To view the orientation slides click hereFor any questions email

An autonomous AED-delivering robot? These Mines students developed one in 36 hours and won SB Hacks.

Automated external defibrillators increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest, but only 50 percent of people know where to find an AED unit at work, according to the American Heart Association.

Seconds count when it comes to the potentially life-saving intervention, too – for each minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases 7 to 10 percent.

Over the course of the 36-hour hack-a-thon, the Mines team designed and built the Fully Autonomous AED Emergency Response System, which used security camera footage to automatically detect if someone in the building is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest and then dispatched a robot carrying an AED to that location. Read More.