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ORI student Oliver Groth at TEDx Dresden

ORI student Oliver Groth at TEDx Dresden. Oliver Groth, one of our 2nd year PhD students, gave a TEDx talk in Dresden, Germany on 26th August 2018. In his talk he explained why robots need to make their own experiences and how the embodiment of algorithms can potentially unlock new qualities of artificial intelligence, such as physical intuition or sophisticated object manipulation. He illustrated his ideas with examples from ShapeStacks, a research project he is running at the ORI in which he tries to train robotic arms to play stacking games like Jenga. After the talk, Oliver was also featured on the second stage of the event, together with cognitive psychologist and innovation researcher Christoph Burkhardt. The discussion centred around the implications of the AI revolution and how trust between humans and machines can be established in the technological [...]

September 26th, 2018|Categories: News Feed|Comments Off on ORI student Oliver Groth at TEDx Dresden

ORI members will be attending ITSC 2018 in Hawaii

    This November, researchers at the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) are sharing their work at a conference dedicated to improving mobile autonomy. ORI have seven members attending the 21st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), two of them are leading a special session titled “Beyond Traditional Sensing for Intelligent Transportation”. This session is motivated by the gap between sensor technology and its use. Due to the recent surge in robotics, sensors have become more advanced and span an increasing number of modalities. Despite the improved capabilities and breadth of available sensor systems, those used for intelligent transportation have remained relatively uniform across platforms. A typical sensor suite features camera, lidar, GPS, and inertial sensors. As a consequence, algorithms and techniques designed for mobile autonomy do not take full advantage of the rich information offered by modern sensors. [...]

August 21st, 2018|Categories: News Feed|Comments Off on ORI members will be attending ITSC 2018 in Hawaii

Look just what walked in: ANYmal delivered to ORI

Recently we welcomed a new robot to the ORI mobile robot menagerie: ANYmal. Built by ANYbotics AG, ANYmal is a 35kg torque-controlled quadruped specifically designed to be rugged and to be used in the field for industrial inspections as well as the basic science of motion planning, control and navigation. Researchers and students from the Dynamic Robot Systems Group (DRS) learned about the full range of issues from sensor I/O, walking controllers to user interface. There were many details about safe operation of the hardware and maintenance of the robot’s 12 ANYdrive actuators. Christian demonstrating safe operation of ANYmal on our gantry Walking robotics have moved much closer to a commercial practicality recently. While huge attention was drawn to the DARPA Robotics Challenge showing humanoids carrying out various tasks, it has been quadrupeds which are proved more [...]

July 10th, 2018|Categories: DRS, DRS posts, News Feed|Comments Off on Look just what walked in: ANYmal delivered to ORI

ORI Put Robots to the test at Blenheim

The Oxford Robotics Institute (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford) is to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim as part of a new joint initiative. Ranging from driverless cars to legged robots, the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site will be used as a proving ground for a range of robotic platforms over the coming months. Initially a specially-adapted ORI Range Rover, developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, will drive around the tracks of High Park – home to the greatest collection of ancientoak trees in Europe. The Range Rover is equipped with vision and Lidar sensors which will allow ORI to gather data in an off-road forestry environment. This will be used to test algorithms for localisation and perception for autonomy in challenging environments. The data will also provide a valuable source of information [...]

June 15th, 2018|Categories: News Feed|Comments Off on ORI Put Robots to the test at Blenheim

1st prize for ORI members Julie Dequaire and Neil Dhir

Congratulations to Neil and Julie (ORI) and their colleague Tom Rawlinson (medical doctor, Jenner Institute) who won Pembroke College’s Innovation Prize for their project on rehabilitation for post-neurological injury. Rehabilitation, and particularly physiotherapy, holds a central role in the recovery of function after a neurological injury such as a stroke.  Physiotherapy tends to start at the clinic and continue at home, but it can be difficult for patients to find the motivation to do this as progress is slow and difficult to assess. The team propose to use machine learning and signal processing to develop a system which would enable the patient to detect early signs of muscle innervation and give goals and feedback to optimise progress.  They are interested in investigating the use of surface electromyography signals as a proxy for neurological recovery. The Pembroke Graduate Innovation Prize in association with [...]

March 12th, 2018|Categories: News Feed|Comments Off on 1st prize for ORI members Julie Dequaire and Neil Dhir

Artificial Intelligence @ Oxford – A One-Day Expo – 27th March 2018

Oxford is a world leading centre for AI research, and over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a sharp increase in interest our AI research from industry, commerce, and government alike. On 27 March 2018, the University of Oxford will showcase AI research across the whole collegiate university with a one-day expo. Held at Worcester College’s stunning new Sultan Nazrin Shah Conference Centre, the event will bring together Oxford’s AI and machine learning thought leaders, providing a unique opportunity to hear from them about their work and their vision for the future. The day will include lectures from the experts, panels, demos, poster sessions with students, and an opportunity to talk one-to-one with professors at the heart of the AI revolution. Our very own Professor Paul Newman is one of the confirmed speakers.   Topics to be covered include: AI [...]

March 1st, 2018|Categories: News Feed|Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence @ Oxford – A One-Day Expo – 27th March 2018