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Robots Podcast #178: Speech-Based Emotion Recognition

Posted 22 Mar 2015 at 22:47 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #178, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Christina Brester, currently a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the Siberian State Aerospace University (SibSAU) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. For her Master's thesis, Ms. Brester collaborated with a team of other scientists to investigate machine recognition of human emotion based on speech, using an evolutionary multiobjective genetic algorithm, an approach which proved to be far more successful than prior methods. Her ongoing research interests include evolutionary computation, neuro-evolutionary algorithms, machine learning, and speech analysis.

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Robots Podcast #177: Kurosh Madani

Posted 8 Mar 2015 at 17:53 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode 177, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Kurosh Madani, Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering, Senart-FB Institute of Technology, and co-founder of the Images, Signals, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LISSI), Univeristy Paris-EST Créteil (UPEC). They discuss neural networks and their potential applications.

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Robots Podcast #176: Cristoph Stiller

Posted 22 Feb 2015 at 05:24 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #176, Audrow Nash interviews Christoph Stiller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Stiller speaks about the utility of various types of sensors in enabling autonomous vehicle operation, as well as the ethics of autonomous cars, and his experience in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Dr. Stiller is the most recent past president of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and currently serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine. His automated driving team AnnieWAY reached the finals in the DARPA Urban Challenge 2007 and won the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge in 2011.

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Robots Podcast #175: Riccardo Cassinis

Posted 8 Feb 2015 at 02:28 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #175, Audrow Nash interviews Professor Riccardo Cassinis from the University of Brescia in Italy about using robotics in education. Cassinis speaks about having young people, from primary school through university, access and control real robots remotely, in preference to simulations, to learn subjects such as programming, geography, and foreign languages. Currently at the University of Brescia, Cassinis is the Director of the Advanced Robotics Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Advanced Computer Programming and of Robotics.

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Robots Podcast #174: Hunter Lloyd & Looney

Posted 25 Jan 2015 at 02:34 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

Hunter Lloyd with his Nao robots

In episode #174, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University. Hunter, who interrupted his college education to tour as a comedian for six years, performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics. Lloyd discusses making people laugh with his robot partner, why he does it, and how what he’s learned as a comedian relates to robotics.

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Robots Podcast #173: RoboThespian

Posted 12 Jan 2015 at 00:20 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

Will Jackson with RoboThespian

In episode #173, interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks with Will Jackson, founder and Director of Engineered Arts Limited. With a background in design and animatronics, Jackson founded Engineered Arts in 2004 to produce mixed media installations for UK science centres and museums. In 2005, the company began work on the Mechanical Theatre for the Eden Project, which led to the design and construction of the original RoboThespian model.

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Robots Podcast #172: Object-based 3D SLAM

Posted 29 Dec 2014 at 02:04 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

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In episode #172, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Professor John Leonard from MIT about his research on dense, object-based 3D Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM). Leonard explains what SLAM is, as well as its practical applications. The explanations include what it means for SLAM to be object-based (versus feature-based) and to have dense (versus sparse) environmental mapping. The interview closes with advice for aspiring roboticists. (John Leonard is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research addresses the problems of navigation and mapping for autonomous mobile robots.)

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Robots Podcast #171: Grant Imahara & Creature Tech.

Posted 14 Dec 2014 at 23:52 UTC by John_RobotsPodcast

Grant Imahara with Ron Vanderkley

In episode #171, interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks both with Grant Imahara, of MythBusters, and previously of LucasFilm and Industrial Light & Magic, and with Richard McKenna of The Creature Technology Company, on the theme of Robotics in theater, film and television.

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