PhD students going abroad

The PhD student Qingwen Xu got a DAAD scholarship for a 5 months research visit to Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. She will join the robotics group of Prof. Birk and do reseaerch on visual odometry and visual SLAM. Qingwen will go to Germany in May - good luck!

Also the PhD student Jiawei Hou is currently organizing a 6 month research visit to Oerebro University in Örebro, Sweden, where she plans to join the Mobile Robotics and Olfaction lab of Prof. Lilienthal. 

17. April 2018

Prof. Schwertfeger featured in Education TV Show

The Shanghai Education Television Network (上海教育电视台) on April 13 aired an episode of a Science TV show called "Open the Mind" (打开吧脑洞). It starred three Professors, among them Prof. Schwertfeger from the MARS lab. He talked about the mapping robot and rescue robotics. The episode was actually already filmed in winter 2017.

13. April 2018

Second Annual Group Party

On March 23, 2018, the (newly renamed) MARS group had it's second annual group party! The news about the first party can be found here
First we went to the MoMo restaurant in Chantime and had some awesome "all you can eat" HotPot.
Afterwards we went to the KTV and sang for three hours.

HotPot at MoMo
HotPot at MoMo

23. March 2018

Re-branded lab name: MARS Lab

In order to avoid confusion with the STAR Center, the lab of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger has been renamed to "Mobile Autonomous Robotic Systems Lab - MARS Lab". Formerly it was referred to as the STAR Lab. The new Chinese name of the lab is:  自主移动机器人实验室

19. March 2018

Robotics Course Fall 2017 Project Videos online!

The Robotics Course of Fall 2017 is finished. In the second half of the project the students worked in small groups to realize 12 different projects. Two of these project were actually supervised by Prof. Andre Rosendo. The course webiste lists the projects and provides links to the project reports and the project pages.

Project topics range from 3D SLAM ( _1_, _2_, _3_, _4_, _5_), over maniupulation ( _6_, _7_) to mobile navigation (_7_, _8_, _9_, _10_, _11_). 

Most of the project pages also feature a video highlighting the work - go check them out!

1. February 2018

STAR Lab featured in Nature

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. 

18. January 2018

ABB and STAR Lab join in Collaboration Project

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.

1. December 2017

SSRR 2017 Call for Participation

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 for the program and registration information.

25. September 2017

Call: IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems: Special Issue on Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy

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

24. September 2017

Freshmen Robot Projects

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).

1. September 2017

Good Success at ROS Summer School Robot Games

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
Incoming STAR Lab students with the ROS games organizer 

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31. July 2017

STAR Standard Test Methods Lab opened

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.

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30. July 2017

IROS 2017 Workshop Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy

The IROS 2017 Workshop Introspective Methods for Reliable Autonomy is calling for papers that deal with the question:

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:

14. July 2017

STAR Lab Dinner & KTV

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. :)

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6. July 2017

High School students visit the STAR Lab

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. 

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14. June 2017

New York Times article about Prof. Schwertfeger

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.

29. May 2017

STAR Rescue @ RoboCup China 2017

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:

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7. April 2017

Visiting Student Edoardo Amadei

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!

27. March 2017

New STAR Center Logo

The STAR Center has a new logo. After several iterations and voting by the students and professors of the center we have the new logo:

More info on the logo can be found on the according page

19. January 2017

STAR Center Inauguration Party

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. 

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12. January 2017

STAR Lab moved!

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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20. December 2016

Talk at Fudan

Today Prof. Schwertfeger gave a talk about his past and future research at Fudan University. He was invited by Prof. Hong LU of the School of Computer Science, Fudan University. 

26. September 2016