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