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 mobility and to perceive the terrain properties. In comparison to the current feet, the new ones have sensors that can provide information on the friction coefficient of the terrain and its geometry. They are flexible so it means that their shape can adapt to the shape of the terrain, thus the surface of contact between the new feet and the ground is bigger than with the normal feet so it should lead to less slippage. With this new feature the Anymal should be able to move in hazardous, slippery, rocky and wet environment. The new feet, designed by the University of Pisa, [...]
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 RAIN, targeting applications in the nuclear industry. Central to these hubs is the translation of research results into industry-led use cases, and, more generally, the transfer of advanced robotics and AI knowledge into UK industry. As part of this agenda, on 29th October 2018 ORI helped lead a demonstration day for the ORCA Hub at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire. The site hosts a number of test sites, usually used to train fire fighters, but for [...]
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 [...]