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  • Robots can now signal each other to lend a "hand"

    Published Jun 28, 2016
    Sometimes all it takes to get help from someone is to wave at them, or point. Now the same is true for robots. Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have completed work on an EU project aimed at enabling robots to cooperate with one another on complex jobs, by using body language.

  • Researchers find cheaper way to produce hydrogen from water

    Published Jun 27, 2016
    KTH researchers have opened a route to large-scale hydrogen production by discovering a better way to split water without relying on precious metals.

  • Regardless of weight, mannose levels point to diabetes risk

    Published Jun 27, 2016
    If you think you're clear of diabetes because your weight is under control, your mannose levels may tell a different story, a new study from SciLifeLab at KTH shows.

  • IT entrepreneur awarded KTH Great Prize

    Published Jun 10, 2016
    Inventor and entrepreneur Stina Ehrensvärd will be awarded KTH's 2016 Great Prize, the university has announced.

  • Writer's block? Robot authors face uncertain future

    Published May 24, 2016
    Are readers ready for novels written by robots? The technology exists, but the value of it is less clear.

  • Sexism extends to robots

    Published May 24, 2016
    What gender are the robots that are taking over more and more of our chores? Does it matter whether we call them, "he" or "she"?

  • Tests show how trucks can reuse engine heat for power

    Published May 20, 2016
    A 195-year-old discovery is behind a new system that will save vehicles hundreds of litres of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 2 to 3 tonnes per year.

  • ACCESS Linnaeus Research center celebrates 10 year anniversary

    Published Apr 26, 2016
    During the last ten years, the ACCESS Linnaeus center has conducted successful research within the broad area of networked systems. A total of 60 faculty members and postdocs and 100 PhD students from different disciplines collaborate in ACCESS, and together they have created Europe’s leading center in the broad area of networked systems. To celebrate its achievements, a major industrial and academic event will be organized on the 2nd of May.

  • Researchers have "come a long way" with self-driving trucks

    Published Apr 14, 2016
    A self-driving truck under development by Scania and KTH researchers has tested successfully at speeds of up to 90 kilometres-per-hour.

  • Firefighters' positioning system may be used to monitor walking difficulty for elderly

    Published Apr 08, 2016
    A positioning system adapted for use in fire rescue operations will soon be tested on senior citizens in Sweden as a way to spot signs of early stage Parkinson's disease and other mobility problems.

  • Wooden windows? New material could replace glass in solar cells and buildings

    Published Mar 31, 2016
    Windows and solar panels in the future could be made from one of the best — and cheapest — construction materials known: wood. Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent wood material that's suitable for mass production.

  • Simulations show how helmets would have protected bike crash victims' brains

    Published Mar 30, 2016
    Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of concussions by 54 percent, and drastically cut the risk of skull fractures, according to a study at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Threatened species that lose our attention

    Published Mar 16, 2016
    Do we care only about endangered species that are cute, cool or charismatic? The fact that many sea creatures face extinction has been overlooked or forgotten.

  • Teamwork was crucial in evolution of dogs

    Published Mar 15, 2016
    Dog owners often say that their pets know their place in the pack — an observation based on the notion that man's best friend descended from the wolf. But it's not as simple as that.

  • Mosquito trap relies on scent to fight malaria

    Published Mar 14, 2016
    Malarial mosquitos kill more people than any animal on Earth, even though various control methods have reduced their numbers by half. KTH researcher Jenny Lindh and her colleagues have developed a new control method based on the mosquitos' nesting behavior. There is actually a mix of scents that determines where females choose to lay eggs.

  • Animals inspire innovations in science and engineering

    Published Mar 14, 2016
    Furry airplanes, submarines modeled after penguins and wind turbine blades based on whale fins. KTH research is replete with examples of inspiration from the animal kingdom.

  • KTH and Wikipedia develop first crowdsourced speech engine

    Published Mar 10, 2016
    By 2017, English, Swedish and Arabic speakers will find that Wikipedia is talking their language — literally. The online free encyclopedia is collaborating with KTH Royal Institute of Technology to develop the world's first crowdsourced speech synthesis platform.

  • Material enables more reliable and meaningful self-screening

    Published Feb 25, 2016
    Paper-based diagnostics enable rapid medical test results at minimal cost — and now they're about to get even better. A new synthetic paper developed by KTH researchers could enable simultaneous screenings for multiple conditions, with more reliable results.

  • Breakthrough for lab-on-a-chip material

    Published Feb 24, 2016
    Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new polymer suited for photostructuring — a technique for creating micro-scale shapes. The discovery opens new possibilities for medical diagnostics, biophotonics and 3D printing.

  • MPC allows heavy-duty vehicles to drive by themselves

    Published Feb 11, 2016
    Autonomous vehicles have become a popular research field in the last decade. Mostly, the research is conducted with private cars or other small vehicles in mind. But where does that leave the industry with their larger vehicles such as trucks? Pedro Lima, a PhD-student at the Department of Automatic Control, has designed and implemented a Model Predictive Control (MPC) for trucks that will allow them to drive safely and accurately on their own.

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