A couple of weeks ago, the ORI’s robotics competition team (Team ORIon) took part in their first competition, the World Robot Summit (WRS) in Tokyo, Japan. The recently assembled team got straight to work, using their long flight to manually label bounding boxes on a large image set in order to get their object detection working! The First Task – “Tidy-Up” In the "tidy-up" task, the goal was to pick up a given set of objects from different locations in the house-arena and place them at their designated areas. Originally, team ORIon was only going to focus on the second task because they had not yet developed the high level code to execute the tidy-up task. However, the team couldn’t resist the opportunity and so worked tirelessly to develop [...]
Prof. Paul Newman, PDRA's Lars Kunze and Letizia Marchegiani and students Tarlan Suleymanov, Horia Porav and Tom Bruls from ORI have travelled to Hawaii for ITSC 2018. Please see below their exciting papers they presented! P. Amayo, T. Bruls, and P. Newman, “Semantic Classification of Road Markings from Geometric Primitives,” in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2018. T. Suleymanov, P. Amayo, and P. Newman, “Inferring Road Boundaries Through and Despite Traffic,” in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2018. L. Kunze, T. Bruls, T. Suleymanov, and P. Newman, “Reading between the Lanes: Road Layout Reconstruction from Partially Segmented Scenes,” in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Maui, Hawaii, USA, 2018.
ITT Marconi Rovereto – Student visit to ORI On Wednesday 17th of October, we, ORI hosted a short visit by a group of Italian students on an Erasmus programme. Their area of study is computer science, mechatronics and automation, cloud computing and virtualisation at the Istituto Tecnico Tecnologico G. Marconi in Rovereto (Italy) and they were extremely eager to learn more about our Institute. During the afternoon, Letizia Marchegiani and Daniele De Martini guided the students through a presentation, which focused on some open challenges in robotics, our work at ORI to address them, and the variety of platforms we use. After theory, came practise: with the help of Dr Maurice Fallon and Simona Nobili, the students could attend a live demo of ANYmal and then have a tour of the garage to get a first-hand experience of [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]