Manuela Veloso,the Herbert A. Simon professor, was recently profiled in Wired Magazine as the "World's Most Wired Robot Master" for her CoBots (short for "collaborative robot"). Veloso aims to make robots that can anticipate and handle physical unknowns. Obstacle avoidance may not seem very glamorous at first glance — most people want their robots to shoot lasers or cry "danger!" — but it's a linchpin of real-world robotics and one of Veloso's key areas of focus. Read the article.