So, Where’s My Robot?

Thoughts on Social Machine Learning

ISRR 2009

I had the pleasure of attending the 2009 International Symposium on Robotics Research.  I was invited to talk in the Human-Robot Interface session, and gave a brief over view of some recent work and discussed how we are working to address the guidance-exploration spectrum of social learning.

This was by far the best robotics conference I’ve been to in a while.  The diversity of topics, quality presentations, and highly engaged audience was great.  Here are some highlights, in no particular order:

  • Sami Haddadin presented work from DLR about a robot co-worker, including previous work on safe robot control, and newer work that involves sensing a human in the workspace and the interaction schemes that are appropriate for different co-working scenarios.
  • Russ Tedrake presented his recent work on building robots that fly like birds! (e.g., perching on a string)
  • Hiroshi Okuno gave a talk about robot audition, and demonstrated their system for speaker disambiguation using just 2 microphones.  It looks great, and is freely available.
  • Marc Pollefeys’ 3D reconstruction from video (in real time!) was quite impressive.
  • There was a presentation about the HRP-4C, which has been all over youtube for some time now — but I had not yet seen this video which the speaker announced as the “worlds first robot bride
  • Dillman’s lab at Karlsruhe presented their work on interactive learning in the humanoids session, showing lots of great video of their robots doing kitchen tasks.
  • Prof. Inaba presented an overview of their lab’s work at the University of Tokyo, and the shear number and diversity of robots had their American colleagues drooling.  This is where it shows that US robotics research doesn’t get near the level or longevity of funding you see in Japan and the EU.

September 7th, 2009 Posted by | Conferences | no comments