The January 18, 2018, issue of Nature includes a NatureJobs Carerr Guide: China. Among others it has an article called "China’s AI dreams" prominently featuring Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and his lab. It shows our Jackal Mapping Robot, that uses a Clearpath Jackal base together with some advanced sensors, like two Velodyne HDL32e 3D laser scanners and four 5MP Pointgrey cameras. Another picture is showing the PhD student Jiawei Hou and Prof. Schwertfeger working in the STAR Lab on antoher robot.
ABB and the STAR Lab are joining in a collaboration project to make the awesome ABB Yumi collaborative dual arm mobile. The ABB Robotics Research Center China is located just 7 km from ShanghaiTech University. The STAR Lab under the guidance of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger is providing expertise on mobile robots, localization and mapping as well as planning and control, while ABB is working on the mobile manipulation aspects. See a picture of an early prototype below.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China hosted an Artificial Intelligence Conference on November 16th 2017. Many interesting talks on the industry perspective related to AI were given by presenters from the Xuhui District Science and Technology Commission, the EU Delegation to China, Roland Berger, Baidu, Siemens and SAP. Prof. Schwertfeger was invited to talk about AI and robotics - from an academia perspective.
Special Issue on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR)
Journal of Field Robotics
Special Issue Guest Editors
- Sören Schwertfeger, ShanghaiTech University
- Kazunori Ohno, Tohoku University
The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics 2017 (SSRR2017) was held at the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST) of ShanghaiTech University between October 11 and 13, 2017. Prof. Sören Schwertfeger was the general chair of the conference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the end of the fall semester 2016/2017 Prof. Schwertfeger received two awards:
On Dec 20 2016 the ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Lab - STAR Lab finally moved to its permanent location within the STAR Center in the new SIST building. See the lab page for more info on our laboratory. Thanks for all students and staff that helped with the move!
The lab is located in the SIST building 1D, room 203 (second floor) - see the STAR Center page for a map.
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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 Call for Papers - late breaking reports can still be submitted till Mid August!
The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) 2017 is going to be held at ShanghaiTech University and the School of Information Science and Technology (SIST). The conference will be organized by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger, the SIST team and the conference committee. The tentative dates for the conference are October 11-13 2017.
Intro-video for SSRR 2017 at ShanghaiTech University.
On April 14 Tomasz Luczynski and Arturo Gomez Chavez from Jacobs University Bremen gave a seminar on "Computer Vision in Underwater Robotics" at ShanghaiTech University. The two PhD students presented their research on applying Computer Vision techniques to Underwater Robotics. Their contributions were also presented at the OCEANS 2016 conference in Shanghai.
Sören Schwertfeger presented the paper "Using Fiducials for 3D Map Evaluation" (video & dataset) at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR 2015) at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. The paper was a finalist for the best paper award of SSRR 2015.
The STAR-Lab website went online in May 2015!