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. If you are interested in joining or visiting the lab, please refer to the respective advertisement on the openings page.
Photo session with NYTimes photographer, Prof. Schwertfeger and robot
On May 28, the New York Times published an article titled “Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?”. It discusses how research on Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is being promoted in China while the US is cutting back on research funding. As an example for the Chinese A.I. research Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and his research lab were prominently covered in the article, highlighting the superb research conditions at ShanghaiTech University.
Prof. Schwertfeger joined the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) as an Assistant Professor in August 2014 and is doing research on intelligent functions for mobile robots, also in the area of search and rescue robotics. He is also the general chair of the 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (SSRR 2017) to be held in October at ShanghaiTech University.
Between March 31st and April 4th 2017 the STAR Rescue Team participated at RoboCup Resce China 2017 in Rizhao, Shandong. We went there with our very early prototype of a very small and cheap rescuerobot that is controlled via a smartphone. We achieved all our goals: Learn about RoboCup Rescue, test our robot, score more than 0 points and have fun. We worked very hard and made very nice progress. See some impressions below:
Haofei Kuang 旷皓飞 from Hefei University of Technology and Hongyu Chen 陈宏宇 from China University of Petroleum (East China) joined the STAR Lab in March 2017 to work on their Bachelor porjects. In September 2017 they will joing ShanghaiTech University, the STAR Center and the STAR Lab and conduct research under the supervision of Prof. Schwertfeger. Welcome!
Between March and July 2017 the visiting student Edoardo Amadei is joining the STAR Lab to conduct research on robot arm control. We are welcoming Edoardo to Shanghai and hope for a fruitful visit!
The 2016 Robotics course finished in January 2017. The projects have made cool websites with videos - check them out:
On January 12 2017 the STAR Center held its inaugurational party. Present were Prof. Jie Lu, Prof. Sören Schwertfeger, Lab Assistant Yongxia Shen and the students. We saluted the center with German champagne and German sweets. Other activities included a survey about the new STAR Center logo and a race, testing the remote control capabilities of the students by steering the Clearpath Jackal robots along a small racetrack.