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Published: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:54:01 GMT

 



The Sun Sets on Robots.net

Sun, 1 May 2016 22:24:39 GMT

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I made the first post on Robots.net more 15 years ago on 25 February 2001. Since then, rog-a-matic, The Swirling Brain, and steve have written more than 3600 blog posts about robots and artificial intelligence news. You probably noticed we took a bit of a break the last year or so (thanks to the Robot Podcast crew for keeping the news going during that time). Lately we've been evaluating whether to do a reboot and start posting again or retire the blog. Today you can get robot news everywhere, so there's not as a much of a need for our specialized reporting. Also, we relied heavily on income from Google ads to pay for all this but the days of making money that way are long gone. So, as much as I still love talking about robots, I think we've come to the end of our long, robotic road. As Jerzy said at the end of Rudy Rucker's The Hacker and the Ants, "The robots were out in the world and doing fine. I'd done enough for the robots."

But maybe you'd like to pick up where we left off? We're open to the possibility of selling the site or even just the domain. Let us know if you're interested.



Robots Podcast: Farewell robots.net, join us on Robohub

Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:33:40 GMT

Since May 2007, my colleagues at the Robots Podcast and at Robohub and I have been working with robots.net to bring you the latest news and views on robotics. For the past 4 years, much of robots.net's reporting has been by John Payne (or John_RobotsPodcast, as most of you will know him). With John leaving his post(ing), and Robohub coming into its own, it's now time to consolidate these efforts. I'd like to thank John for his incredibly dependable and insightful reporting throughout the years, and Steve for giving me the opportunity to join this community and take my first tentative steps as a blogger under his expert guidance many years ago! To continue to receive your robotics news, join us at http://robohub.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or via RSS (podcast only)/RSS (all Robohub news).




Robots Podcast #178: Speech-Based Emotion Recognition

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:47:56 GMT

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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

Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:53:14 GMT

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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

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:24:57 GMT

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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

Sun, 8 Feb 2015 02:28:01 GMT

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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

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:34:22 GMT

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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

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:20:00 GMT

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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

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 02:04:16 GMT

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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.

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:52:48 GMT

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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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Robots Podcast #170: Edwin Olson on autonomous cars

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 03:18:21 GMT

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In Robots Podcast #170, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Edwin Olson, an Associate Professor and Director of the APRIL Robotics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, about self-driving cars and the University’s 32-acre Mobility Transformation Facility, a testing environment for autonomous cars and the future of driverless vehicles.

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Robots Podcast #169: Travis Deyle

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:07:48 GMT

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In episode #169, Sabine Hauert speaks with Travis Deyle, about his IROS-nominated work on RFID tags, his blog Hizook, and the career path that brought him from academia, to founding his own start-up, and finally working for Google[x].

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Robots Podcast #168: Geoffrey Spinks on artificial muscles

Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:22:07 GMT

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In Robots Podcast episode 168 interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks with Professor Geoffrey Spinks, a Professional Fellow of the Australian Research Council, who is situated within the Materials Research Group, School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, which is affiliated with the Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. The subject of their conversation is artificial muscles made from simple materials, including nylon fishing line. If fibers of various polymers are twisted into a coil and then baked to set them in that shape, later reheating causes a change in the length of the coil, much as natural muscle fibers contract when activated.

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Robots Podcast #167: Engaging girls in robotics

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:38:28 GMT

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In episode #167 AJung Moon brings together three interviews relating to promoting the involvement of girls and women in robotics, and STEM generally. In the first interview, Hannah and Rachel Tipperman, a pair of seventeen year olds who are cofounders of Robot Springboard and its offshoot BrightStart Robotics, tell how they became involved in robotics and how they've gone on to make similar experiences available to others. Then, Ross Mead, a Ph.D student in computer science at USC shares his enthusiasm for engaging underrepresented populations in robotics, and how he became involved in this effort. Finally, Prof. Elizabeth Croft, founder of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST) shares from her abundant experience as an engineer, an educator, and a professional leader.

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Robots Podcast #166: Robotic Vision

Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:14:01 GMT

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In episode #166, Audrow Nash interviews Peter Corke, Professor of Robotic Vision at Queensland University of Technology, and Director of the ARC funded Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision. Peter is known for his research in vision-based robot control, field robotics and wireless sensor networks. He begins with a brief history of biological vision before discussing some early and more modern implementations of computer vision. Corke also talks about resources for those interested in learning computer vision, including his book, Robotic Vision & Control, and a massively open online course (MOOC) that he plans to release in 2015.

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