ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Lab - STAR Lab is dedicated to research on intelligent and novel algorithms, software and also hardware for various robotic applications. It was found in August 2014 by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University. The lab is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in robotics and is part of the STAR Center. Additionally Prof. Schwertfeger and the STAR Lab are part of the Shanghai Institute of Fog Computing Technology (SHIFT). If you are interested in joining or visiting the lab, please refer to the respective advertisement on the openings page.
The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (SSRR 2017) will be held at ShanghaiTech University between October 11 and 13 2017. Please see the conference website http://www.ssrr-conference.org/2017 for the program and registration information.
The IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems is calling for papers for a Special Issue on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy in its September 2017 issue. After the successfull IROS 2017 workshop on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy, we are now calling for journal contributions to these interesting topics. Prof. Schwertfeger is part of the Guest Editor team. Please see the call for papers.
On September 26, Zhi Xiangyang, a master student of the STAR Lab, presented out paper "Simultaneous Hand-Eye Calibration and Reconstruction" at IROS 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. The code for the paper is avaiable on github and the dataset is available here.
In the "Introduction to Information Science and Technology" course the students of SIST are participating in three robotics labs, with the goal of making a Turtlebot follow a certain path. The following video shows some action from 2015, 2016 (link only works at ShanghaiTech) and 2017 (link only works at ShanghaiTech).
The ROS Summer School 2017 was held at the East China Normal University again this year. The graduate students to join the STAR Lab in September 2017 Xiaoling Long 龙肖灵, Hongyu Chen 陈宏宇 and Haofei Kuang 旷皓飞 attended the summer school as well as the ROS Robot Games held at the same time. The students were very successfull, winning the first place of the competition.
Incoming STAR Lab students with the ROS games organizer
In July, with the help of a carpenter and the students and staff of the STAR Lab, the new STAR Standard Test Methods Lab was opened. It features standard test methods for response robots developed by NIST (US National Institute of Standards and Technology). The test methods deployed in the STAR Lab are at the 60cm level, so they are designed for robot with a small footprint. More details can be found here.
The test methods are used to test the performance of mobile robots in a repeatable, reproducable and standard way. We will utilize these test for research on test methods and to measure and test the performance of the robots developed at ShanghaiTech University. Very similar tests are also used at RoboCup Rescue competitions, so our team can do experiments in the actual competition environment.
In October 2017 the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (SSRR 2017) will be held at ShanghaiTech University, organized by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger. During this conference a small competition will be held using the test methods of the STAR Standard Test Methods Lab.
How to assess the quality of internal models, methods and sensor data, used by robots and how to alter their behavior upon this information?
Prof. Sören Schwertfeger is a co-organizor of this workshop. Please see the Call for Papers for submission instructions: http://aass.oru.se/Agora/IROS2017_Introspection/cfp.html
On July 6 all members of the STAR Lab (including Mia ;) celebrated a successfull semester by enjoying a wonderful dinner followed by KTV with sining and games. :)
During the SIST open days high school students from throughout China visited the School of Information Science and Technology to learn about the different topics that the School is teaching and researching. On several days the STAR Lab hosted the students, showcasing our research and let them play with our robots.