On July 2020 SIST celebrated its graduating students. In the MARS Lab master students Long Xiaoling and Chen Hongyu as well bachelor students Zhijie Yang (all three in the top left image from left to right), Yi Yang and Zhihao Zhang (both not in the image) successfully finished their robotics thesis and graduated. Congratulations! Shorty after the whole MARS group celebrated with a dinner-KTV-party.
On January 2nd 2020 the MARS Lab held its New Years Party 2020 with hotpot and Werewolf games.
The 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO) was held in Dali, Yunnan, China, from Dec 6 to 8, 2019. The conference, which will be held in Florence, Italy next year, accepted 403 papers from 739 paper submissions for oral presentations. The ShanghaiTech Automation and Robotics Center (STAR Center) groups of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger and Prof. Andre Rosendo submitted and got accepted 5 papers to ROBIO 2019.
The paper with the title “Furniture Free Mapping using 3D Lidars” by master student Zhenpeng He, PhD student Jiawei Hou and Sören Schwertfeger was awarded as a Best Paper Finalist for ROBIO 2019. In that paper a Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) method is described that can automatically segment 3D Laser Scans into walls, furniture, doors (open and closed!) and ground and ceiling to create furniture free 2D and 3D maps. The paper was presented by the master student Zhenpeng He. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1911.00663
The MARS Lab PhD Student Jiawei Hou presented our paper "Area Graph: Generation of Topological Maps using the Voronoi Diagram" at the 9th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Two MARS Lab students presented papers at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems conference (IROS) 2019 in Macao.
Haofei Kuang presented the paper: Kuang, H., Q. Xu, X. Long, and S. Schwertfeger, "Pose Estimation for Omni-directional Cameras using Sinusoid Fitting", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): IEEE Press, 2019. arXiv
Qingwen Xu presented paper: Chavez, A. Gomez, Q. Xu, C. Atanas Mueller, S. Schwertfeger, and A. Birk, "Adaptive Navigation Scheme for Optimal Deep-Sea Localization Using Multimodal Perception Cues", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS): IEEE Press, 2019. arXiv
CGTN (China Global Television Network) aired a documentary about "China's AI Revolution", prominently featuring Prof. Schwertfeger, the MARS Lab and ShanghaiTech University. You can see the full video online: https://america.cgtn.com/2019/10/18/big-story-chinas-ai-revolution (MARS Lab coverage starts at 41:30).
The MARS Lab PhD Student Qingwen Xu presented our paper at the 26th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing in Taipei. The paper title was was "Improved Fourier Mellin Invariant for Robust Rotation Estimation with Omni-cameras".
Xiaoling Long and Prof. Schwertfeger presented two papers at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) in Würzburg, Germany. The conference was held between September 2 and 4 2019.
Impression of Würzburg.
*** FRONTIERS IN ROBOTICS AND AI - ROBOT AND MACHINE VISION ***
*** SPECIAL ISSUE (RESEARCH TOPIC): ROBOTICS PERCEPTION IN ADVERSARIAL ENVIRONMENTS ***
- January 31st, 2020: Manuscript Submission
- Review and publishing (if accepted) of the manuscripts will be on a rolling-basis.
The students Yijun Yuan and Chen Hongyu each presented a paper at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (RCAR) in Irkutsk, Russia. The conference was held between August 6 and 11 2019.
The MARS Lab participated in the RoboCup Rescue Worldchampionships 2019 in Sydney, Australia. This is the first time we participated in the international competition. Our approach to the rescue robotics problem is to develop a quite small robot for narrow spaces. Six graduate students participated in Sydney between July 2nd and 8th, 2019.
At the ceremony at ShanghaiTech today we celebrated the graduation the bachelor and the master students!
From left to right: Bachelor: Bai Song, Ruijian Li, Xiting Zhao, Jiadi Cui (Bachelor with Prof. Laurent Kneip, future graduate student in the MARS Lab),
Shan Zeyong (Master), Prof. Sören Schwertfeger, Bachelor: Jianxiong Cai, Rong Yuyang (worked in MARS Lab, Bachelor with Prof. Liangfeng Zhang)
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Undergraduate student team from MARS Lab won one first prize in “Challenge Cup” National Undergraduate Curricular Academic Science and Technology Works (Shanghai division) and they will participant the national competition on behalf of Shanghai later this year. The members include Zehao Zhao, Xiting Zhao, Yiming Yin, Zhihao Zhang, Zhijie Yang and Hankai Liu and they are supervised by Prof. Sören Schwertfeger. Their topic is about SLAM rescue robots suitable for all terrain. The robot is designed to collect data in post-disaster environments inappropriate for rescue crews either automaticly or by remote control. Motion detection, thermal imaging and carbon dioxide sensors are also attached to it to get more information. The idea of this project is comes from their Robocup Rescue Robot participation, which is also supervised by Prof. Schwertfeger. The Shanghaitech Student Innovation Center also gives a lot of support on this project.
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Haofei Kuang, master student in the MARS Lab, presented our work at the Workshop on Underwater Robotics Perception at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Montreal, Canada. For this work we received the a Best Paper Award from the workshop.
The MARS group was participating at the RoboCup German Open 2019 with our small rescue robot. The six students and Prof. Schwertfeger went to Magdeburg, Germany with two robots. For a new team we performed very well, scoring points in every run. In July we will participate in the RoboCup Worldcup 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The lessons learned at the German Open will help us to prepare.
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Finally, our two newest members of the MARS Lab arrived - two Fetch Robotics Mobile Manipulation Systems. We will pursue research on mobile manipulation with them, specifically in the areas of service robotics and mobile manipulation for life science (i.e. the robots should do experiments with pipettes and so on.)
The PhD student Qingwen Xu got a DAAD scholarship for a 5 months research visit to Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. She will joined the robotics group of Prof. Birk and do reseaerch on visual odometry and visual SLAM between May and August 2018
Also the PhD student Jiawei Hou is currently at a 6 month research visit to Oerebro University in Örebro, Sweden, where shejoined the Mobile Robotics and Olfaction lab of Prof. Lilienthal. She is staying there between August 2018 and February 2019.
Prof. Schwertfeger was invited to give a talk (in German) about AI research in China at the Petersberger Gesrpäche 2018. This is a very high-profile conference for IT and Research Executives organized by the Comma Soft AG, a german IT consulting company. The conference was held at Villa Hammerschmidt, the (second) official seat of the German president.
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.
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
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.
Most of the project pages also feature a video highlighting the work - go check them out!
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).
测试方法用于以可重复和标准的方式测试移动机器人的性能。 我们将利用这些测试对测试方法进行研究，并测试和测量上海科技大学开发的机器人的性能。 在RoboCup救援比赛中也使用非常类似的测试，所以我们团队可以在实际的竞赛环境中进行试验。
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