If you want to design robots able to interact to the real world in a useful way, you will eventually bump into the problem of implementing robust object recognition, when by robust I mean able to recognize objects irrespective of (or at least able to tolerate variation in..) distance from the object, its orientation, illumination conditions, etc.
June 15, 2012|
May 5, 2012|
A guest post on the IEEE Spectrum Automation blog by author William Hertling discusses how the open source culture can revolutionize the future of robotics and AI. In both academic and industrial community, the idea of a slow, incremental progress in challenging fields such as machine perception and robotics is the standard way of thinking. May be we should think again, suggests Hertling Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2012|
In the previous post, I introduced the project undertaken last semester. In this post, I will go into further detail on my particular task in the project: reinforcement learning. If you recall, the robot we wish to control is an iRobot Create (a vacuumless Roomba), which we have augmented with a web camera. The camera is able to pan to 150° in either direction from center. Read the rest of this entry »
March 12, 2012|
In the fall of 2011, I, along with Jeremy Wurbs and Annan Mozeika, initiated a project to use visual tracking and reinforcement learning to cause an iRobot Create to develop approach and avoidance behaviors. This work was done for credit in Boston University's "Topics in Adaptive Mobile Robotics" course. Read the rest of this entry »
February 21, 2012|
A very interesting article just came out on on Mercury News with an interview to"HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee mentioning the latest HP Lab strategies and Cog Ex Machina, the software platform developed by HP Labs in collaboration with the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab. Full disclosure... I direct that lab! So yes, I may be biased... but read on. This gives some hints of what applications can come out of this platform. And we hope this is just the beginning!
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October 31, 2011|
This summer, I was part of the Boston University Research Internship in Science and Engineering. I worked primarily with Samuel Kim, another high school intern from Minnesota, Florian Raudies, a postdoctorate research associate in the Cognitive and Neural Systems Department, Schuyler Eldridge, an electrical engineering graduate student, and Dr. Ajay Joshi, the assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Much of the work was done in the Boston University's Neuromorphics Laboratory. Read the rest of this entry »
September 2, 2011|
Both the brain-computer interface (BCI) and bran-machine interface (BMI) fields have shown some interesting applications as of late. One interesting potential is sure to be seen in the realm of EEG-controlled robotics. A partnership between the Neural Prosthetics Lab, Neuromorphics Lab, and Speech Lab at Boston University is underway to merge adaptive robotics with BCI control. Read the rest of this entry »
July 19, 2011|
AZoRobotics.com is part of AZoNetwork, a leading online science, engineering and medical publisher serving over 2.5 million monthly visitor sessions across its suite of sites.... so it's a good venue to get some valuable feedback.
January 28, 2011|
Twelve hours, one microcontroller on a self-designed development board, driver units, a cheap ultrasonic sensor, two bumper sensors, LEGO pieces, and the usual bits and pieces you’ll find in every workshop, overall not more worth than approximately $120. Those were the constraints on a small two man project around New Year’s Eve. Crazy? Yes, but we did it, see Video 1 and Video 2. How? You’ll find out by reading the timeline below. Read the rest of this entry »
November 9, 2010|
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article titled "Drones Get Ready to Fly, Unseen, Into Everyday Life", a quick outlook on the emerging personal drones market. Until a few years ago, drones uniquely evoked images of war and destruction coming from the sky. The unmanned Predator craft of Central Intelligence Agency was a prime example: a remote-controlled craft armed with Hellfire missiles, widely used in Pakistan operations. This image is about to change drastically. Read the rest of this entry »