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by   -   May 29, 2015

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[updated] Have a look below for the videos of plenary talks and keynotes at ICRA 2015. You can also use this youtube playlist. We’ll be uploading new videos as they arrive.

by   -   May 26, 2015

icra15-logoICRA is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and a premier international forum for robotics researchers to present their work. The 2015 conference is taking place 26-30 May, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.

by   -   May 29, 2015

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The Amazon Picking Challenge is over and two things stood out. One: how many different arm gripper solutions were possible; and two: just how difficult the challenge still is. The gap between the top two teams and the other 26 teams was significant, with Team RBO scoring 148 points, Team MIT scoring 88 points and Team Grizzly next best with 35 points.

by   -   May 29, 2015

Robobusiness

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to several robotics companies at the company showcase at RoboBusiness 2014, which took place in Boston, Massachusetts.

by   -   May 29, 2015
Photo source: Wikipedia [Flckr user jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) CC BY-SA 2.0]
Photo source: Wikipedia [Flckr user jurvetson (Steve Jurvetson) CC BY-SA 2.0]

Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported on several past crashes involving automated vehicles. (Per SAE Standard J3016, I use the term “automated vehicle” instead of “autonomous vehicle” or “self-driving car” or “driverless car.”) A few thoughts.

by   -   May 28, 2015

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The new Techstar powered Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator announced their first intake of 10 startups today. Startups receive $120k funding and participate in a 16 week program in San Diego where they have access to a range of mentors including Qualcomm experts, designs and technology. Startups can also leverage the Techstars network.

by   -   May 28, 2015
Image: Tnarik Innael/flickr
Image: Tnarik Innael/flickr

Although robotic vacuum cleaners have been on the market for over a decade now, it is only recently that they have started to become pervasive. Innovations in technology have allowed manufacturers to add more cleaning power and convenience features, and this has been a key factor in developing highly efficient and fully automated robotic vacuum cleaners.

by   -   May 28, 2015

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Intuitive Surgical offers funding for technology research grants for projects in 2016. Researchers at non-profit institutions world wide can apply. LOIs can be submitted until June 5.

by   -   May 27, 2015

DARPA VRCWhen the DARPA Robotics Challenge first began to coalesce from an idea to a plan, we knew that we wanted to create a lasting legacy not only for robot hardware capabilities, but also for robotics simulation software. To help with these efforts, DARPA contracted with the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) in 2012.

by   -   May 26, 2015
Source: violscraper/flickr
Source: violscraper/flickr

After years of alarmist comments from robo-ethicists, futurists, technologists, business leaders and pundits, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, two journalists bring some reality to the issue.

The NavSonde drone is built to collect data from volcanos. Credit: Latitude Engineering

aerial manipulation 2In this video lecture, Bruno Siciliano from PRISMA Lab at the University of Naples, Italy, walks us through advances in aerial manipulation with reference to three projects funded through the European Union’s (EU’s) Seventh Framework Programme.

by   -   May 26, 2015
Tesla Motors autopilot (photo:Tesla)
Tesla Motors autopilot (photo:Tesla)

An interesting article in last week’s Wall Street Journal spawned a series of unfortunate headlines (in a variety of publications) suggesting that Tesla had somehow “solved” the “problem” of “liability” by requiring that human drivers manually instruct the company’s autopilot to complete otherwise-automated lane changes.

(I have not asked Tesla what specifically it plans for its autopilot or what technical and legal analyses underlie its design decisions. The initial report may not and should not be the full story.)

For many reasons, these are silly headlines.

by   -   May 25, 2015

Jeff docking Livorno

The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows the Jeff robots docking and undocking autonomously in Livorno harbor.

by   -   May 24, 2015
ABB factory in the US.
ABB factory in the US.

Robot manufacturing started in the US in 1961 when 26 Unimates – the first industrial robots – were made and deployed at a GM factory in Ewing, NJ. But, over the years, manufacturing and manufacturers have moved offshore. Until now.

by   -   May 22, 2015

data_eye_privacyIn episode eleven we chat with Neil Lawrence from the University of Sheffield. We talk about the problems of privacy in the age of machine learning, and the responsibilities that come with using machine learning tools and making data more open. We learn about the Markov decision process (and what happens when you use it in the real world and it becomes a partially observable Markov decision process) and take a listener question about finding insights into features in the black boxes of deep learning.

by   -   May 22, 2015

Students brainstorm during the design hackathon at the 2015 Skolkovo International Robotics Conference.

Robots Podcast: Ekso Bionics
July 26, 2014



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