Weekly Video: Coyote III Trials, KUKA Connect, CMU Robotics Talks

Weekly Video: Coyote III Trials, KUKA Connect, CMU Robotics Talks

Sep 18, 2016 @ 17:41 | 

Coyote III Trials

Coyote III is a micro rover with high mobility performance in unstructured terrains. Equipped with its own power source, on-board sensor suite and computer it is able to perform autonomous exploration tasks. Coyote III is developed within the scope of the project TransTerrA which aims to implement a logistics chain, based on a heterogeneous team of mobile and stationary robotic devices.

TransTerrA: The robot Coyote III in the snow

TransTerrA: Coyote III Crater Trials

KUKA Connect – Access Your Robots Anywhere at Any Time | KUKARobotGroup

The Internet of Robotics comes to life with KUKA Connect – KUKA’s all-new cloud software platform that securely transforms robot data into insightful information accessible from any device at anytime.

“KUKA Connect is an innovative platform that provides the proper foundation and building blocks for instant access to important data and characteristics of KUKA robots,” said Andy Chang – Director of Product Marketing Americas, KUKA. “Through the KUKA Connect plat-form, customers can focus to bring products to market faster, adapt to regulatory require-ments, increase efficiency, and most importantly, rapidly innovate.”

National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) 20th Anniversary:

The National Robotics Engineering Center, at the CMU Robotics Institute, celebrated their 20th anniversary on September 8, 2016. Take a look of talks and demos at NREC.

CMU Robotics and NREC | Dr. Takeo Kanade, Robotics Institute, SCS, CMU

On the 20th National Robotics Engineering Center Dr. Takeo Kanade talked about CMU Robotics and NREC. He talked about perception and AI in robotics and the history how perception and AI evolved in CMU Robotics Institute.

Robots for the High Frontier | Dr. Red Whittaker, Robotics Institute, SCS, CMU

Dr. Red’ talk was more focused on space robotics and future robots. He talked how new classes of robot will explore and develop subterranean worlds that are destinations for lifeseeking and establish habitats that avoid life-threatening radiation, heat and micrometeorites.

Robotics in Agriculture: Now and the Future | Dr. Daniel L. Schmoldt, National Program Leader, NIFA/USDA

Mini Crusher Demo | CMU

Mini Crusher is a small, rugged, and versatile robotic platform. Its mobility, stability, large payload capacity, and modular design make it an ideal platform for a wide range of tasks. Potential uses include mine mapping, research, first response, monitoring hazardous industrial environments, hazmat applications, explosive ordnance disposal, reconnaissance, and surveillance. NREC engineers can work with customers to modify Mini Crusher for specific applications.

RI Seminar

Human Autonomy through Robotics Autonomy | Brenna D. Argall

Brenna D. Argall, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University talk was overview of the ongoing projects and studies in her lab, whose research lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, rehabilitation robotics and machine learning. They are working with a range of hardware platforms, including smart wheelchairs and assistive robotic arms.

Data Driven Robot Learning | Lerrel Pinto & Jiaji Zhou (2016 ICRA Awardees)

They presented their research work in to train a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) for the task of predicting grasp locations without severe overfitting. They collected 50K data points over 700 hours of robot grasping attempts to train CNN.

The Journey to Consumer Robotics | Boris Sofman & Hanns Tappeiner

Boris Sofman, Co-Founder, CEO, Anki; and Hanns Tappeiner, Co-Founder, President, Anki shared their experience in RI seminar.

In this talk they shared their journey with Anki, an artificial intelligence and Robotics Company started in 2008 with the goal of identifying and entering markets where robotics and AI can have a real, measurable impact in a short time frame.

First U.S. Sample Return Mission to an Asteroid Launches | NASA

On Sept. 8, NASA launched the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. OSIRIS-REx is the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at near-Earth asteroid Bennu in 2018, survey the asteroid’s surface, retrieve at least 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of surface material, and return the sample to Earth in 2023 for study. Analysis of the sample will reveal the earliest stages of the solar system’s evolution and the history of Bennu over the past 4.5 billion years.

Robotics in Oxford | University of Oxford

See some Oxford robots in action

People and Robots Working Together in Electronics Production at Flex | KUKARobotGroup

Industry 4.0 goes global with KUKA and Flex

  • Human-robot collaboration delivers results in Austrian project
  • KUKA LBR iiwa makes friends in the evolving industrial workspace
  • Self-optimizing and Machine Learning systems gaining ground


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