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by   -   March 23, 2016
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT
Professor Alois Knoll, chair of real-time systems and robotics, stands between two tendon driven robots developed as part of the EU project Eccerobot at the Technical University in Munich-Garching-Hochbrueck, Germany, 28 January 2013. Knoll coordinates the neuro-robotics division of the EU flagship project Human Brain Project (HBP). Photo: FRANK LEONHARDT

By: Abdul Montaqim
Professor Knoll, one of the most influential roboticists in Europe, is currently the co-ordinator of the European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development (Echord), and one of the key scientists involved in the $1.5 billion-dollar Human Brain Project. In this interview he gives his views of the state of robotics today.

interview by   -   March 19, 2016

Dragonfly

In this episode, Andrew Vaziri speaks with John Lymer, Chief Architect of Robotics and Automation at SSL. They highlight key programs in space robotics from the 1980s through to SSL’s current program to robotically assemble satellites in space.

interview by   -   March 14, 2016

Happy Pi(bot) Day! In honor of Pi Day, we are reposting our podcast with Harry Gee, founder and creator for the Raspberry Pi and Pi zero. Enjoy!

by   -   March 14, 2016
Google DeepMind Challenge Match: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo. Credit: Deepmind/YouTube
Google DeepMind Challenge Match: Lee Sedol vs AlphaGo. Credit: Deepmind/YouTube

In episode five of season two, Ryan walks us through variational inference. We put some listener questions about Go and how to play it to Andy Okun, president of the American Go Association (who is in Seoul, South Korea, watching the Lee Sedol/AlphaGo games). Plus, we hear from Suchi Saria of Johns Hopkins about applying machine learning to understanding health care data.

by   -   March 8, 2016

Source: Clearpath Robotics
Source: Clearpath Robotics

By: Chris Bogdon
Amir Degani is an assistant professor at Technion Institute of Technology and Avi Kahnani is the CEO and Co-Founder of Israeli robotics start-up Fresh Fruits Robotics. Together, they are developing an apple harvesting robot that can autonomously navigate apple orchards and accurately pick fruit from the trees. I got the chance to sit down with Amir and Avi to learn more about the project. In our talk, they discussed the robot’s design, the challenges of apple picking, tree training and their experience demoing the robot for Microsoft’s CEO at the Think Next 2016 exhibition.

by   -   February 29, 2016

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In episode four of season two, we talk about some of the major issues in AI safety, (and how they’re not really that different from the questions we ask whenever we create a new tool.) We take a listener question about time series, and we talk with Nick Patterson of the Broad Institute about everything from ancient DNA to Alan Turing.

interview by   -   February 20, 2016

Oxford_Study

In this episode Andrew Vaziri speaks with Mike Osborne, Associate Professor in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford. They discuss how advancements in artificial intelligence may change the workforce, the economy and society based on findings from their study on the future of employment.

by   -   February 17, 2016

In episode three of season two Ryan walks us through the Alpha Go results, plus, we talk with Michael Littman about his work, robots, and making music videos.

interview by   -   February 6, 2016

Airbus assembly floor. Source: Airbus Group
Airbus assembly floor. Source: Airbus Group

In this episode, Andrew Vaziri speaks with Curtis Carson, Head of Research and Technology in Industrial Strategy and Systems at Airbus. They speak about the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge to be held at ICRA 2016, and discuss the need for a new generation of industrial robots for aircraft manufacturing.

by   -   January 29, 2016

In episode two of season two Ryan introduces us to Gaussian processes. Plus, we speak with IIya Sutskever, director of research for OpenAI.

by   -   January 28, 2016

Pulitzer-Prize-winning John Markoff has been covering the technology beat at the New York Times for almost three decades, and recently published Machines of Loving Grace – a book that chronicles the evolution of robotics and AI. In this interview we turn the lens around and ask Markoff about what motivates his interest to report on robotics, and how he sees trends in robotics today being informed by people and events from the past.

by   -   January 28, 2016

In episode one of season two we celebrate the 10th anniversary of WiML with its co-founder Hanna Wallach. Plus, we talk with Jenn Wortman Vaughan about her work at Microsoft Research.

interview by   -   January 22, 2016

200_episodes

In this episode, we celebrate our 200th episode! That’s over 6000 minutes of robot goodness and nearly 8 years releasing interviews with your favorite roboticists. The podcast is all volunteer run, a special thanks to everyone on the team who’s made this possible! And thanks to all of you for listening in all these years.

To celebrate, our president Audrow Nash has invited a team of old-timers from the podcast team, and one of our favorite recurring guests, Rodney Brooks from Rethink Robotics.

by ,   -   January 15, 2016

Last month we caught up with Dario Floreano, the head of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Here we continue our discussion, covering acoustic sensing, multi-drone operations and more. Missed Part 1? Check it out here.

interview by   -   January 9, 2016

MagnebotixLink to audio file (23:37) Transcript below.

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Simone Schürle, advisor and co-founder of MagnebotiX, about using small robots to harvest crystals. These crystals can be used to infer atomic structure. An example application is in drug development to see if protein binding has occurred.

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