The CyPhy lab has worked very hard the last few weeks to prepare four papers for the RSS2013 conference. Good luck everyone!
We successfully ran the first tests of our new autonomous utility vehicle.
Last week I was fortunate to be invited to present some lectures at the IEEE RAS summer school on Robot Vision and Applications. Left to right: Radu Rusu, myself, Andy Davison and Omar Daud (postdoc) at Omar's favourite restaurant.
The lab just received a new Husky all-terrain robot which will be used for a range of outdoor experimentation.
I gave a talk last week in the Innovation series and tried to bring together some ideas about robots and big picture problems such as population, dependency ratio and climate change. Here is the video and a PDF of the presentation.
The CyPhy laboratory had 8 papers accepted to the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA), to be held in Wellington, New Zealand (we ended up submitting 11, not 10). Several of the student papers got best student paper nominations - well done everyone.
Following on from our record ACRA submissions, the lab has submitted 20 papers to ICRA! Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic effort!
The process of course took a (temporary) toll on our sleep patterns and eating habits, as attested to by the photos below:
The entire lab has been busy working on Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA) papers and ended up submitting eight nine ten papers.
Now on to ICRA!
Ben Kuipers, developer of the Spatial Semantic Hierarchy, visited on July 30th and gave a presentation on "Constructing the Foundations of Commonsense Knowledge". Afterwards many interesting discussions were had with members of the CyPhy and ARCAA labs.
A few of us went to have a look at the centre as part of a process of deciding whether we move there or not. Some pictures and captions are here.
Members of the CyPhy lab have spent the last two weeks at Robotics Science and Systems 2012 in Sydney, and the international conference on Field and Service Robotics in Matsushima, Japan. In all, the lab gave 9 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations, including three invited talks at RSS2012 and AIST in Tsukuba, Japan. A couple of collages from the two conferences are below:
Michael Milford at RSS (Sydney) giving an award candidate talk about the need for fewer pixels in place recognition.
We have just released our Automatic Multi-Camera Calibration (AMCC) Toolbox for Matlab, an extension to Bouget's Calibration Toolbox for Matlab. Using a set of checkerboard images, it allows fully automatic calibration of monocular, stereo and multi-camera rigs with overlapping views, no manual clicking or optimisation!
Check it out and download it at http://code.google.com/p/amcctoolbox/
We are proud to announce the publication of our Kagaru Airborne Vision Dataset free for research use. Find out more and download the dataset here: https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/cyphy/Kagaru+Airborne+Dataset