We did it! After some busy days and weeks we did it! We sent a lunar payload proposal to the Google Lunar XPrize team of Part Time Scientists.
It’s called the LunaRoo! It is a hopping science platform for the moon designed by our team here at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The LunaRoo is a hopping robot designed to exploit the Moon’s lower gravity to leap up to 20m above the surface. It is compact enough to fit within a 10cm cube, whilst providing unique observation and mission capabilities.
Find out more on the newly created webpage and/or Twitter:
Whoa, wow, whaaaa, … those are the first impressions that come to mind when looking back at the Pioneers festival the last few days in the Hofburg in Vienna.
I witnessed the world premier of the flying car, which was an amazing, from-the-heart presentation by their creators. Somehow I managed to talk to Xavier de Le Rue, (if you don’t know him, French snowboarder, world champion and XGamer) who was there presenting his movie/snowboard drone camera. Maybe there is a follow up with our research that we did at USI/IDSIA
I listened to a wonderful panel on space exploration and pioneering, and chatted, while having a beer with Andy Aldrin and Pete Worden!! Yes, he is the son of that, moon-walking Aldrin and currently the President of Moon Express, one of the companies vying for the Google Lunar XPrize (and open for lunar rover suggestions, might look at that in Brisbane…)
Pete Worden is the head of the NASA AMES research centre and just an amazingly great guy to talk to! AMES is close to the valley in California and has contacts with Google and such, for example, using quantum computing for optimization. They are also home to the Intelligent Robotics Group, hopefully Pete will send me some contacts for those guys!
Apart from all this, there was a lot of “networking” going on, facilitated by the red bulls and the pioneers brew. I met a variety of people, active in different areas of pioneering, from robotics to AI, from bio to medicine.
In short, the Pioneers Festival 2014 was, yet again, an awesome experience!! And it is going to be continued in 2015 …
Update: here’s a video showing the highlights from Pioneers 2014:
Another year, another IROS. It seems that again a record number of submissions were received.
This year the conference received 2089 paper submissions (a record high) of which 903 (acceptance rate: 43%) were selected for publication. Many potentially strong
contributions could not be accepted because of the very
high number of submissions…
2012: 45.1% (812 papers accepted / of 1801 submitted)
2011: 32.1% (790/2459)
2008: 48.7% (661/1358)
IDSIARobotics got a paper in again, thx Marijn! :)
Recently we have been quite busy with writing, proof-reading and submitting various proposals. The IDSIA Robotics Lab is involved in some new interesting projects, one in the FP7-SPACE-2013 call. The GMV lead project aims to look at autonomous operations of a Mars rover with a focus on biological evidence/fact finding. In the meantime I was also writing an SNF Doc.Mobility proposal and started to look into writing my PhD proposal (2nd year review). *pfff*
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:
- launched our new webpage,
- rleased a IM-CLeVeR outreach video just recently and
- have a lab door/open house in our lab this Wednesday.
We, the robotics group at IDSIA, are proud to announce the release of our new video Toward Intelligent Humanoids (aka The Story of Several Nerds and Their Adorable Baby Robot), which we invite you to view at our new IDSIA Robotics website: http://robotics.idsia.ch/im-clever/ (embed after the jump) Continue reading
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.
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.