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I program robots.

Please visit my former University Webpage for further details about my research and a complete list of my publications.

A list of videos showing my robots is available here.
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Can't wait to go to ICRA 2015, this time in Seattle! 
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Watch this video and think about it.. Every dot is a star, possibly with a bunch on planets like our solar system. Don't even think about counting them, try just to focus on how many there are. It gave me a sudden headache. 
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Interesting survey, I'm looking forward seeing the results
 
Have an opinion on things like biking through stop signs?

If yes, then fill out this survey for a study being run by the University of Colorado.
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A picture is worth a thousand words... Or 1.54679542 feet, 65.86539 inches, 45%&%$86 yards and an uncountable weight in ounces
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A bit of bragging...
Check out my 2014 Strava Story #stravastory
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Baidu in robotics? 

According to a post in robotics worldwide, Baidu is looking for interns in robotics, with applications in automated sensor calibration, large-scale 3D mapping and localization with multiple sensors. All of this happening in Sunnyvale! (just next to Mountain View, where Google is). 

Exciting times, exciting times...
[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Baidu robotics research internships available. Yong-Dian Jian ydjian at gmail.com. Tue Nov 25 14:45:01 PST 2014. Previous message: [robotics-worldwide] [Journals] Special Issue on IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (TASE) ...
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New robot from the former Unbounded Robotics team. It looks very similar, with different colors and slightly different specs. The target is warehouse automation. The main features are robustness and splitting the task between fetching and transporting. Looking forward the research version!
This pair of robots is ready to take over in warehouses, autonomously picking and delivering goods
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Yesterday two very interesting news were given in the autonomous car and drone market:
1) UBER, the app-based taxi company, teams up with CMU on self-driving cars
http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/uber-turns-from-google-teams-up-with-carnegie-mellon-on-selfdriving-cars
2) KMel, the drone UPenn Startup, gets acquired by Qualcomm
http://technical.ly/philly/2015/02/03/kmel-robotics-qualcomm-acquisition/
I think very exciting things are soon going to come!
The aerial robotics company, which emerged from Penn's GRASP Lab, is known for its whimsical videos of dancing flying robots. It was also recently tapped by the U.S. military to build a tiny, speedy drone.
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Truly amazing. El Capitan is the height of three Empire State Buildings stacked atop one another. The climb was up a straight, very flat wall, using only their own strength, not ropes and equipment, for upward propulsion.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished scaling the sheer face of the Dawn Wall rock formation at Yosemite on Wednesday. Some consider it the most difficult free climb ever achieved.
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My Posts of 2014

It's been great fun to be on Google+ over the past year and thanks to everyone for the comments and interest. Although I will keep posting about various other nonsense that sometimes interests me, clearly people are paying most attention when I'm saying things about SLAM and robots so I made a list of the most +1'd posts in 2014. For me the really big events have been thanks to my relationship with Dyson --- the announcements of the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, and of the Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College which is now fully up and running.

Other big themes in robotics, vision and AI which have interested me a lot this year and have been discussed in many posts have been all the start-up and acquisition activiy, deep learning and a return to work on general AI, and increasingly serious discussion about possible super-human AI and the Singularity.

Raspberry Pi Robotics course (January) +83 +47
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/WpgR7qhy8TS
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/TVgAhtKfjmt

Google Project Tango Launch (February, reshare) +63
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/dfJtaBDZYxC

Announcement of Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College (February) +114
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/QagvhxT1uhZ

Simultaneous Mosaicing and Tracking with an Event Camera and BMVC Best Industry Paper (July) +133 +45
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/9uwkwhCSpS3
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/5FiCq5D4ceu

LSD-SLAM from TU Munich (July, reshare) +68
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/divy14qiiYn

My IROS Plenary Talk (September) +61
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Whu9Fm89Bmo

Dense Planar SLAM (September) +54
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/4Ud6373aFZ8

Dyson 360 Eye Announcement (September) +65 +39 +58
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Acg1HKz73sF
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/jBmLkP17K4Y
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/h4iwooHPcbJ

SLAMBench (November) +84
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/Q1kw21iLvxZ

PM, James Dyson and the 360 Eye (November) +65
https://plus.google.com/104608798515690144709/posts/BedysVPdauB
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Sad to see that a toy supposedly appealing to AI + robotics geeks ends up being disappointing. Too expensive for kids, not rich enough for grown ups?
 
I used an infrared camera to look at Anki Drive's track.  Cool idea, good execution, but ultimately disappointing (IMHO).

http://www.hizook.com/blog/2014/11/25/teardown-and-review-anki-drives-robot-cars
Back in January 2014 I purchased an Anki Drive "robot car" setup, along with an iPad to control it. I had high hopes. Anki had a great story: originated in CMU's robotics program; raised $50M in VC funding (now more than $105M); and launched at Apple's WWDC conference in 2013.
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The Fermi Paradox - Wait But WhyWait But Why
waitbutwhy.com

Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy alone—but we've never heard anything from any

Putting Time In Perspective | Wait But WhyWait But Why
waitbutwhy.com

If the Earth formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm

PulsedLight, Project Tango, Occipital and the Prime Sense problem | Robohub
robohub.org

Ever since Apple bought Prime Sense, roboticists have been asking what's going to fill the gap. Robots need to know where they are and what'

Savioke Gets $2M To Build A ‘Services Industry’ Robot | TechCrunch
techcrunch.com

Savioke, a robotics startup out of Sunnyvale led by the former CEO of the now-defunct but influential Willow Garage robotics startup, is ann

2014/03/13 The DARPA Grand Challenge: Ten Years Later
www.darpa.mil

The DARPA Grand Challenge: Ten Years Later. March 13, 2014. Autonomous vehicle challenge led to new technologies and invigorated the prize c

Podcast Addict - Donate
market.android.com

If you enjoy Podcast Addict, you can buy this app to support it. Once this app is installed, you will need to stop / restart Podcast Addict

Survey results
opencv.org

Thank you all for all those (positive!) answers! We decided to stop the survey after 2K answers as it is enough for us to analyze:) The summ

Mobile Observatory - Astronomy
market.android.com

Mobile Observatory is one of the most complete astronomy apps on the Android market and the perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky's

Volvo demos autonomous self-parking car concept
www.autoblog.com

Volvo is developing an autonomous self-parking car that can be dropped off at the curb and will navigate a parking lot on its own to find a

obstacle detection from velodyne, a story of code optimization
brice-rebsamen.blogspot.com

I started working on this algorithm for detecting obstacles in a velodyne scan (about 140,000 points per revolution in 64 beams). The algori

Python
plus.google.com

Python is a remarkably powerful dynamic programming language.

Probabilistic Graphical Models
www.pgm-class.org

Probabilistic Graphical Models is a free online class taught by Daphne Koller.

How to optimize for speed — scikit-learn v0.9 documentation
scikit-learn.sourceforge.net

This page. How to optimize for speed. Python, Cython or C/C++? Profiling Python code; Performance tips for the Cython developer; Profiling c

Tears of Steel – Robot Evolution Remix (Video) | Robots Dreams
www.robots-dreams.com

Tears of Steel – Robot Evolution Remix (Video). Tears of Steel Robot Evolution Remix YouTube. Robert Roschler, a good friend, fellow robot d

Willow Garage to Shut Down - IEEE Spectrum
spectrum.ieee.org

Sources tell IEEE Spectrum that one of the most well-known robotics research companies in the world, Willow Garage, will be closing within m

[IROS 2012] DARPA Robotics Challenge Update - IEEE Spectrum
spectrum.ieee.org

Dr. Gill Pratt gives a keynote at IROS on the DARPA Robotics Challenge, including new video of ATLAS

A Few Million Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare | Jesse Anderson
www.jesse-anderson.com

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to recreate Shakespeare, not to praise him. - Monkey Julius Caesar. Today (2011-09-23

PyCUDA | Andreas Klöckner's web page
mathema.tician.de

PyCUDA lets you access Nvidia's CUDA parallel computation API from Python. Several wrappers of the CUDA API already exist–so what's

Fantastic Machines
lorenzoriano.wordpress.com

Results and ideas while wandering in the robotics realm