ORI was delighted to host a group of international summer school students who were taking part in the Oxford Tradition. We spent a wonderful afternoon introducing them to the exciting world of robotics research and were very impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm. A demonstration of our Snake Arm Robot was particularly well received. The picture above shows the Snake Arm from the perspective of the students, and the picture below shows the students from the perspective of the Snake Arm! For more information about the summer school programme see http://www.oxbridgeprograms.com/Programs/TheOxfordTradition/TheProgram.aspx
In an exciting new project with Navtech Radar we are developing a sensor for autonomous vehicles which will provide 360-degree high resolution coverage in all weather conditions. This will significantly improve the capabilities and safety of the machines in difficult driving conditions, when safe and reliable transportation is most critical. With the majority of driverless cars operating in California – a state known for its perpetual blue skies – the need for accurate situational awareness in adverse weather conditions has been largely overlooked. The current sensors used cannot accurately function in heavy rain, snow or fog, so this research will be pivotal in ensuring autonomous vehicles can perform in environments throughout the world. The project is being funded via a grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, which works with people, companies and partner organisations to drive the science [...]
ORI is starting a major new research direction into legged robots. Drs. Ioannis Havoutis and Maurice Fallon have recently joined as academic staff with research expertise in control, planning and state estimation on dynamic walking robots such as the IIT Hydraulic Quadruped and the Boston Dynamics Atlas. Below are upcoming papers in this research field which will appear soon at the ICRA and RSS conferences. Ioannis and Maurice will also co-organise a workshop at ICRA in this area. [bibtex key="2017RSS_nobili"] [bibtex key="2017ICRA_nobili"] [bibtex key="2017icra_mastalli"] [bibtex key="2017icra_radulescu"]
DRIVEN is an ambitious project which will see a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles being deployed in urban areas and on motorways, culminating in an end-to-end journey from London to Oxford. The Department of Engineering Science and the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) is part of the DRIVEN consortium of companies which will help to cement the UK’s reputation as a world leader in the development of autonomous vehicles. Benefitting from a grant of £8.6 million awarded by Innovate UK, the project will see autonomous vehicles operating in and between Oxford and London. The consortium will be led by Oxbotica, the award-winning Artificial Intelligence company set up by ORI’s Professors Paul Newman and Ingmar Posner. DRIVEN’s vehicles will be operating at Level 4 autonomy – meaning they have the capability of performing all safety-critical driving functions and monitoring roadway conditions [...]
We used a NABU sensor attached to a street sweeper to map the streets of Oxford, in an innovative data gathering project which will help the City Council to plan and manage its services. Read the Council's Press Release here: PRESS RELEASE 11 March 2017 Innovative new city mapping could transform council services A new street mapping project could one day transform how Oxford City Council manages its services across the city. The project being trialled over the next few months by Oxford City Council and the University of Oxford’s Robotics Institute (ORI) will see sensors attached to a City Council street cleaner in the city centre to create 3D maps that can be used to trial the development of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, the research team at the ORI is exploring further data that may be [...]
Ten of Oxford’s AIMS (Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems) CDT students joined us for our annual robotics challenge. Divided into three teams, the students had to programme a Husky robot to work its way around obstacles to reach a goal. There was some careful planning.