Also this year the European Robotics Coordination Office is organising a European Robotics Week. The idea is to “show the general public what robotics is all about and what important role robots play in Europe!”. The IDSIA Robotics Lab is again taking part. This year we:
After upgrading to the latest Mac OS X, named Mountain Lion, here is how to get the iCub simulator running on a fresh install. Continue reading
The IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, or IROS as it is commonly known, acceptence emails have been sent. From their email the number of submission was 1801(“the second highest in the history of IROS and a record for a robotics conference in Europe”) with 812 of those being accepted (i.e. 45%).
Compare this to IROS 2011 where acceptance was 32%. (790 papers have been accepted out of 2459 submitted). After googling this, I found more rates:
2008: 48.7% (661/1358)
oh and my my paper did get accepted :) more about that later…
IIT has recently released their Call for Participation for this year’s (already the seventh!) summer school focused on developing software for the iCub humanoid robot. It will be a great 10 days, at an awesome location, with a very cool robot and enough time to get your hands dirty. If everything goes right IDSIAni will be there too to show what we are working on here …
Today it is exactly 13 months since I enrolled as a PhD student here in Lugano, at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). It’s time to write my research prospectus, or at least try to find out what that is *uhm*
Although I am working for over a year here at IDSIA I have not yet a clear idea what I will do, but I heard that is normal in graduate school. So finally I set down and wrote up some ideas of what I want/can do in the next years to get my doctorate.
Recently I have been working a lot on trying to make the iCub see things. A fully integrated computer vision or robotic vision system is a quite tricky mathematical and engineering problem. Here at IDSIA we were trying to develop an easy to use system that would allow to rapid prototyping (offline) vision modules for the iCub, mainly to detect and localise objects the robot is in later stages supposed to manipulate and interact with.
On a different note I finally got a new laptop bag :)
After 5 years with my old bag, I decided to cover my new MacBookPro with a new bag as well. My old one I got in 2007 just after moving to Lisbon to work at IST. It was less then 20 euro at the local FNAC at that time and it survived until now (though with some scraps :).
This year’s European Robotics Week sponsored by the EU though one of its Framework Programmes (EUnited Robotics) is currently underway and there is a lot of things to see and do. Labs offering demos and presentations as well as hands-on workshops about the on-going robotics research in Europe. A new webpage www.robotics-labs.eu was started where one can check out the various labs and for some of them even be able to see live webcam feeds.
For IDSIA we did not get a webcam, but we nevertheless uploaded a movie about us and our current activities. Enjoy the film after the jump.
The MAVEN Team at Goddard has put up some videos to show what it takes to build a satellite. Those short animated movies are a quick look into all the work it takes to make a space mission work. NASA seems to do it not much more different than ESA does *smile* The videos are after the jump.