Mobile Autonomy: A Pervasive Technology
The Oxford Robotics Institute – Autonomous Systems researches all aspects of land based mobile autonomy. We invent the technologies that allow machines to ask and answer “Where am I?”, “What surrounds me?” and “What should I do next?” These three key questions underpin all that we do. They force us to confront fundamental questions in navigation, perception, machine learning and systems design. We are proud of the way we validate our thinking and challenge ourselves by deploying and running large robotics systems. These “flagship” projects, drawn from many application domains are central to our mission – we solve real world robotics problems. In 2014 a spin-out company called Oxbotica was launched to drive commercialisation and cross domain impact of our work.
A ground-breaking research programme which will trial three self-driving vehicles on pedestrianised areas of Milton Keynes has won this year’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and [...]
Abstract—Field robotics applications have some unique and unusual data requirements -- the curating, organisation and management of which are often overlooked. An emerging theme is [...]
Abstract—This paper is about localising at night in urban environments using vision. Despite it being dark exactly half of the time, surprisingly little attention has been given [...]
Work Smart, Not Hard: Recalling Relevant Experiences for Vast-Scale but Time-Constrained Localisation
This paper is about life-long vast-scale localisation in spite of changes in weather, lighting and scene structure. Building upon our previous work in Experience-based Navigation, [...]
Automated (self-driving)Vehicles are expected to bring major benefits for society in the future – including fewer road accidents, less congestion, a reduced reliance on individually-owned cars and increased mobility for people who cannot currently drive.