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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Planning for 3D Reconstruction

Salary Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a. Closing date: Dec 04, 2019 12:00PM We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Estimation, Search, and Planning group of the Oxford Robotics Institute and the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is fixed-term for a period of 2 years. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to our research effort towards the EPSRC – ACE-OPS project. The project will investigate and develop approaches to guide autonomous 3D reconstruction using aerial robotic platforms as part of an EPSRC ACE-OPS: From Autonomy to Cognitive assistance in Emergency OPerationS grant. The work will continue research on Surface Edge Explorer (SEE) and similar representation-free next-best view planning algorithms with the goal to demonstrate and evaluate them on real robotic [...]

Vacancy: ORI Senior Engineer

Salary Grade 8: £41,526 – £49,553 p.a. Closing date: Nov 27, 2019 12:00PM We are seeking a full-time permanent Senior Engineer at the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) and the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The Senior ORI Engineer will be responsible for the development and continuing management of the ORI’s Engineering operations. The ORI Senior Engineer will be responsible for delivery of robotics excellence across software and hardware, feeding into the ORI’s research agenda, field trials, industrial engagement and to a lesser extent, the undergraduate teaching program. This is a diverse role that requires working with the managers of existing teams across different disciplines and across different research agendas. It requires great people management skills and great engineering skills. It requires delegation while taking responsibility and a love of making things work. You should hold a relevant [...]

Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Multimotion Estimation

Salary Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.    Closing date: Nov 22, 2019 12:00PM We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the Estimation, Search, and Planning (ESP) group of the Oxford Robotics Institute and the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is fixed-term for a period of 1 year. The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to our research effort towards the EPSRC – ACE-OPS project. The project will investigate and develop metric approaches to multimotion estimation. The work will build on the success of Multimotion Visual Odometry (MVO) to both extend the research towards new fundamental capabilities as well as demonstrate and evaluate the general approach on different sensing modalities and in the real world, including stereo, RGB-D and event-based cameras. You [...]

ORCA Hub Demonstrations

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 the last 12 months. The ORCA Robotics Hub is funded by the UK's Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF) to develop industrially relevant robotics and AI for extreme environments, specifically the offshore energy domain. The trials were attended by over 50 industrial partners from across the offshore industry. Our team had three demonstrations. An autonomous inspection mission had ANYmal follow a pre-determined route through the facility, using the on-board cameras, LIDAR and thermal cameras to survey a series of dials and targets of interest. This autonomous [...]

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 series of artifacts inside a former mine network, without human intervention or prior knowledge of the environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EMMCPQJeOE The teams have developed novel approaches to rapidly map, explore and search underground environments in time-sensitive operations critical for the civilian and military domains alike. There were no limitations on type, number of size of robots to be deployed, and we saw lots of creative solutions, including a blimp! The Tunnel Circuit was the first of three Challenge events before the Finals in August 2021, [...]

The Oxford Radar RobotCar Dataset

We are pleased to announce the release of the Oxford Radar RobotCar Dataset, a radar extension to the Oxford RobotCar Dataset. This dataset provides Millimetre-Wave radar data, dual velodyne lidars, and optimised ground truth odometry for 280 km of driving around Oxford, UK (in addition to all sensors in the original Oxford RobotCar Dataset). We intend that this dataset will help accelerate research with this interesting sensor which is robust to challenging conditions that may trouble other modalities. For more information and to sign up to use the dataset, please visit the Oxford Radar RobotCar Dataset. Please also take a look at the paper which provides full documentation for this dataset: The Oxford Radar RobotCar Dataset: A Radar Extension to the Oxford RobotCar Dataset.