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Robots: Interdisciplinary Teams

Per Sjöborg speaks to Giulio Sandini from the Italian institute of technology about how a start in computer vision lead to robotics. They also talk about the importance of interdisciplinary work in robotics and how diverse teams can learn from each other.

Syndicated 2014-01-10 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Teams and Tasks

In today's episode, Per Sjöborg speaks with Lynne Parker from the University of Tennessee about her work with robot teams. Her lab is developing techniques to get robots to team up in order to complete tasks that they individually could not. The robots can share data from sensors to extend their perception or share capabilities to perform particular tasks.

Syndicated 2013-12-27 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: The DARPA Robotics Challenge

In this episode, Sabine Hauert interviews Paul Oh, the Director of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab at Drexel University. His team, spanning 10 universities, is competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) with the HUBO humanoid designed at KAIST in South Korea. The goal of the challenge is to design robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. Trials will take place next week in Florida from December 20-21 and will require robots to drive a vehicle, walk over rough terrain, clear debris, open doors, use a hand tool to break through a wall, climb a ladder, turn a valve, and finally drag a hose and connect it to pipes. The 7 HUBO robots on Oh's team will be competing against sixteen other teams from around the world to determine which teams continues on to the DRC Finals in 2014 with continued DARPA funding. Competing in the 2014 Finals will lead to one team winning a $2 million prize.

Syndicated 2013-12-13 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Working with EOD Personnel

In this episode, AJung Moon talks to Julie Carpenter, a recent graduate of the University of Washington who interviewed 23 U.S. Military Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel to find out how they interact with everyday field robots. Julie is currently writing a book on the topic that is scheduled to be published next year.

Syndicated 2013-11-29 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: From the Greenhouse to the Fields

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with David Dorhout from Iowa State University about his Agricultural Robots that include Prospero the robot farmer and Aquarius the greenhouse watering robot.

Syndicated 2013-11-15 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Blue River Technology

In this episode Sabine Hauert speaks with Jorge Heraud, CEO of California-based startup Blue River Technology which brings together computer vision and robotics to automate agriculture. Their first robot Lettucebot targets the state's #1 vegetable crop. Its task is to thin rows of lettuce in field. This involves selectively removing some of the plants by spraying excess fertilizer on them, thereby avoiding overcrowding while fertilizing nearby plants. The tractor-mounted robot is already being rented out to farms across the state.

Syndicated 2013-11-01 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: FutureDairy

FutureDairy is an R&D development program to help Australian dairy farmers manage the challenges they are likely to face during the next 20 years. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with the project lead Kendra Kerrisk from the University of Sydney about robotic milking and herding.

Syndicated 2013-10-18 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Getting Started in Robotics

In this episode, Sabine Hauert talks with Erin Kennedy at the Open Hardware Summit at MIT. Kennedy is famously know as RobotGrrl, the self-made roboticist and proud maker of the RobotBrrd, Buddy 4000 and BotBait.

Syndicated 2013-10-04 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Origami Robots

In this episode Matthew Schroyer speaks with Nick Kohut, CEO of Dash Robotics, about his company's foldable hexapod robot and the ongoing crowdfunding campaign to get them into the hands of budding engineers, kids and hobbyists.

Syndicated 2013-09-20 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Construction with Amorphous Materials

In this episode we speak with Nils Napp from the Self-organizing Systems Research Group at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Napp tells us about his project to create robots that can reliably build structures in uncertain, unstructured terrain. Like termites that can build complex structures using shapeless materials like mud, his robots build structures out of foam, toothpicks or bags of sand. As a first example, he's been working on ramp building in chaotic environments remnant of disaster scenarios. Focus is given to designing algorithms that allow the robot to build up the ramp using only local information and without any preplanning. These features allow his algorithms to be scaled to multiple robots, thereby speeding up the process. Finally, Napp tells us about the challenges he faces when working with such materials, the steps needed to bring these robots out of the lab and tradeoffs with classical construction techniques. He also introduces us to his latest work in synthetic biology.

Syndicated 2013-09-06 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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