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Testing ANYmal at RACE

On Tuesday the 26th of November, Oxford Robotics Institute visited RACE to test out their ANYmal at the mobility benchmarking lanes. This is part of our RAIN collaboration to test the reliability of different mobile robots. The terrain course, consisting of three ‘lanes’, was first developed by NIST, the U.S's National Institute of Standards [...]

Testing ANYmal at RACE2020-02-23T12:15:44+00:00


VILENS - Visual-Inertial Odometry for Legged Robots VILENS (Visual Inertial Legged Navigation System) is a factor-graph based odometry algorithm for legged robots that fuses leg odometry, vision, and IMU data. This algorithm was designed by David Wisth, Marco Camurri, and Maurice Fallon at the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI). The papers describing this work are listed below. [...]


ORCA Hub Demo – Blyth 2019

In a cold, wet week at the beginning of October, a team from Oxford Robotics Institute headed north to Blyth, near Newcastle, for the ORCA Hub demonstrations. A large warehouse, normally used for testing off-shore wind turbines, hosted teams from a number of different universities, all keen to demonstrate their advances in research in [...]

ORCA Hub Demo – Blyth 20192019-11-23T10:15:08+00:00

DARPA SubT Challenge

DARPA SubT Challenge Marco Camurri describes his recent trip to the DARPA SubT Challenge On Aug 15th to 22nd, 11 teams from all around the world gathered in Pittsburgh for the Tunnel Circuit of the DARPA SubT Challenge, an international robotics  competition dedicated to autonomous underground exploration. Each team had to locate a [...]

DARPA SubT Challenge2019-11-09T10:59:50+00:00

ORI’s Dr. Mathieu Geisert Awarded Best Paper at TAROS 2019

Last week a group from ORI attended the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) 2019 Conference. The conference this year was held at the newly build Mile End campus of the Queen Mary University of London. Many interesting papers were presented and TAROS this year had an excellent set of keynote talks delivered from leading researchers [...]

ORI’s Dr. Mathieu Geisert Awarded Best Paper at TAROS 20192019-07-22T14:58:21+01:00

Global LIDAR Localization

Global LIDAR Localization Localization using LIDAR has advantages over visual localization. In particular LIDAR has a great degree of viewpoint and lighting invariance. It is however less informative. We have developed machine learning algorithms to more reliably detect places using segments as a basic unit within point cloud. Efficient Segmentation and Mapping (ESM, RA-L 2019) [...]

Global LIDAR Localization2020-02-23T13:19:46+00:00

DPhil students study Dynamic Robot Locomotion

16 first year DPhil students from the AIMS CDT spent a week at ORI studying Dynamic Locomotion led by students from the Dynamic Robot Systems Group (DRS). The hands on course was focused around the ANYmal robot (from ANYbotics) and its simulator. After a series of introductory lectures to ROS and research topics such as [...]

DPhil students study Dynamic Robot Locomotion2019-03-03T08:20:45+00:00

ANYmal goes underground – European Project ‘THING’

Benoit Casseau, Marco Camurri and David Wisth visited Zurich for a meeting of the European project THING (subTerranean Haptic INvestiGator). In a nutshell this project aims to develop new feet for the ANYmal robot to enhance it's mobility and to perceive terrain properties. In comparison to the current feet, the new ones have [...]

ANYmal goes underground – European Project ‘THING’2019-03-03T08:16:09+00:00

ORCA Demo – October 2018

Oxford Robotics Institute is part of two Research Hubs which focus on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) that can be deployed in extreme environments. The hubs, both funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, are ORCA, targeting applications for the offshore oil and gas industry, and [...]

ORCA Demo – October 20182019-03-03T08:22:10+00:00