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interview by   -   June 24, 2017

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Sergey Levine, assistant professor at UC Berkeley, about deep learning on robotics. Levine explains what deep learning is and he discusses the challenges of using deep learning in robotics. Lastly, Levine speaks about his collaboration with Google and some of the surprising behavior that emerged from his deep learning approach (how the system grasps soft objects).

In addition to the main interview, Audrow interviewed Levine about his professional path. They spoke about what questions motivate him, why his PhD experience was different to what he had expected, the value of self-directed learning,  work-life balance, and what he wishes he’d known in graduate school.

Advances in robotics and AI have led to modern commercial drone technology, which is changing the fundamental way enterprises interact with the world. Drones bridge the physical and digital worlds. They enable companies to combine the power of scalable computing resources with pervasive, affordable sensors that can go anywhere. This creates an environment in which businesses can make quick, accurate decisions based on enormous datasets derived from the physical world.

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A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington.
Patrick Bennett, CC BY-ND

By Eran Klein, University of Washington and Katherine Pratt, University of Washington

 

In the 1995 film “Batman Forever,” the Riddler used 3-D television to secretly access viewers’ most personal thoughts in his hunt for Batman’s true identity. By 2011, the metrics company Nielsen had acquired Neurofocus and had created a “consumer neuroscience” division that uses integrated conscious and unconscious data to track customer decision-making habits. What was once a nefarious scheme in a Hollywood blockbuster seems poised to become a reality.

by   -   June 21, 2017
Image: MIT News

Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which a fiber-optic camera is inserted into a patient’s abdominal cavity to provide a video feed that guides the surgeon through a minimally invasive procedure. Laparoscopic surgeries can take hours, and the video generated by the camera — the laparoscope — is often recorded. Those recordings contain a wealth of information that could be useful for training both medical providers and computer systems that would aid with surgery, but because reviewing them is so time consuming, they mostly sit idle.

by   -   June 21, 2017

To celebrate 20 years of RoboCup, the Federation is launching a video series featuring each of the leagues. In our final set of videos, we are featuring the Junior league.

Everybody needs a helping hand when they get older – but in years to come that helping hand may be attached to a robotic arm.

by   -   June 20, 2017

Conferences and trade shows, held in interesting locations around the world, can be entertaining, informative and an opportunity to explore new places, meet new people and renew acquaintances. Three recent examples: Xponential, the mostly defense-related unmanned land, sea and air show, held in Dallas; Innorobo, focused on service robotics, in Paris; and ICRA, the IEEE’s premier robotics conference, in Singapore.

by   -   June 20, 2017

Judging by the frequency that self-driving cars are mentioned in scientific discussions and the media, they are not only the next big thing, but might actually take over as our main means of transportation. Traditional industries like the railways, on the other hand, seem to have lost that race already. But what if new technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI), were not only used to create new transportation modes, but to transform old ones as well?

by   -   June 20, 2017

WeRobotics Global has become a premier forum for social good robotics. The feedback featured below was unsolicited. On June 1, 2017, we convened our first, annual global event, bringing together 34 organizations to New York City (full list below) to shape the global agenda and future use of robotics in the social good sector.  WeRobotics Global was kindly hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, the first donor to support our efforts. They opened the event with welcome remarks and turned it over to Patrick Meier from WeRobotics who provided an overview of WeRobotics and the big picture context for social sector robotics.

The Weekly Drone Roundup is a newsletter from the Center for the Study of the Drone. It covers news, commentary, analysis and technology from the drone world.

While very few details have come out, Reuters reports that new proposed congressional bills on self-driving cars will reverse many of the provisions I critiqued in the NHTSA regulations last year.

The Baxter robot hands off a cable to a human collaborator — an example of a co-robot in action. Photo credit: Aaron Bestick, UC Berkeley.

The key takeaway from Tuesday’s RobotLabNYC forum, on “Exploring The Autonomous Future,” was humans are the key to robot adoption. Dr. Howard Morgan of First Round Capital expressed to the audience of more than 100 innovators working within the automation ecosystem, the necessity of embracing “entrepreneurial marketing” to reach customers. Tom Ryden echoed Morgan’s sentiment in his presentation about Mass Robotics, conveying his startups’ frustrations with the pace of adoption. Dr. Eric Daimler, formerly of the Obama Administration, concluded the evening succinctly by exclaiming, “we only adopt what we trust.” Trust is key for crossing the chasm.

by   -   June 16, 2017
Credit: Wikipedia Commons

In episode three, season three of Talking Machines, we dive into overfitting, take a listener question about unbalanced data and speak with Professor (Emeritus) Tom Dietterich from Oregon State University.

Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg and the team from the Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction (CHILI) Lab, explain how they are building robots to use in the classrooms of tomorrow. It is CHILI’s goal to deeply integrate Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and learning sciences, especially in addressing practical problems in learning, teaching, and instruction.

by   -   June 15, 2017
Prof Andrew Davison from Imperial College presents at the Event-based Vision Workshop

It was a hectic but interesting week at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Singapore. Here’s a brief recap of some of my observations and experiences.

Deep Learning in Robotics
June 24, 2017


June 2017

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  • ICRA 2017
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  • AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicles Comp
  • ICRA 2017
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  • AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicles Comp
  • ICRA 2017
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  • AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicles Comp
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  • AUVSI Intelligent Ground Vehicles Comp
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  • CES Asia
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  • CES Asia
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  • CES Asia
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  • Unmanned Cargo Innovation Ground Vehicle Conf
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  • Unmanned Cargo Innovation Ground Vehicle Conf
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17
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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  • ICAPS Robotic Track
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25
  • Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robots
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  • Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robots
  • Autonomous Machines World
27
  • Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robots
  • Autonomous Machines World
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  • Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robots
  • FAIM 2017
  • Industrial Automation
  • RoboUniverse
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  • FAIM 2017
  • Industrial Automation
  • RoboUniverse
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  • FAIM 2017
  • Industrial Automation
  • RoboUniverse
  • Call for papers: Special Collection on Distributed Robotic Systems and Society
  • International Robotics Showcase

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