Archives for: 2007

IEEE RO-MAN 07 Webcasts

10/14/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

I just found the archive of webcasts from the plenary talks at the IEEE RO-MAN ‘07. I attended the conference this year and I particularly enjoyed the talk “How Robots May Evolve Their Own Language?” by Luc Steels. Here is the link, just in case someone would like to watch:

http://ws2.huric.org/roman2007/Archive.aspx

Content-sensitive image resizing

08/23/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Computer Vision

Not exactly robotics-related but anyway quite interesting: A video from the SIGGRAPH 2007 by Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir on context sensitive image resizing, that is, automatically resizing an image in a way, that the “interesting” parts of its contents remain untouched instead of just enlarging or shrinking all parts of the image in the same way.

More details can be found on this website: http://www.faculty.idc.ac.il/arik/

Robocup: .... and the winner is...

08/17/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

….NAO, the humanoid made by Aldebaran Robotics!

I admit, I am quite surprised about the decision to make it a standard platform for the “not-any-longer-four-legged” league, although NAO was my personal favourite, because of it’s applicabiliy to HRI and a wide field of other tasks.
I guess, the decision to change platforms from four-legged AIBOs to humanoids will affect the teams in the standard platform league (which is the new name of the four-legged-league) a lot - judging from the games I’ve seen from the humanoid league, so far - but I am really looking forward to watching the first standard platform league games and seeing how the teams get along with the new robot.

Robocup: Kitty vs. AIBO

08/11/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

I was browsing the RoboCup 4-legged-league mailinglist for the results of the selection of the AIBO successor when I found this video taken by the RoboCup team of Boðaziçi University.
I think, the kitten would make a good successor for AIBO. Its walking skills are exceptional and it is quite good at dribbling, however, it might need some software modifications to enhance its goal-keeping abilities.

The selection results of the real Aibo successor have not been anounced so far, but I guess, it is only a matter of days now.

Robocup: A successor for AIBO?

07/24/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Robots, General

From 1st to 8th of July, the Robocup world championship took place in Atlanta. One of the highlights, apart from the games themselves, was the presentation of potential successors for the discontinued Sony AIBO in the four-legged-league. The final decision will be announced on 31st of July.
This is what I could find out about the candidates, so far:

The following four robots have been presented:

  • A robot dog and a robot bear made by the NUBOTS team from the University of Newcastle in cooperation with tribotix You can find some information including pictures and videos on their website.
  • A still nameless robot dog invented by the University of Darmstadt in Germany
  • Robudog, a robotic dog developed by the french company Robosoft
  • The robot dog BJ created by iXs Unfortunately the website is available in Japanese only, at the moment

Another robot, that was presented during the worldcup was the humanoid “Nao” by the french company Aldebaran Robotics. Some videos can be found on their homepage, too. This one looks very promising to me because it may have a broad range of applications also outside of RoboCup. The creators of the robot did not forget about expressivity and, moreover, the robot posesses stereo microphones and sound output for verbal interaction. While some of the presented robots seem to be 100% geared toward the robot soccer task, such as the robot dog proposed by the university of Darmstadt, which neither has a single LED in its “face” nor posesses microphones or a speaker but excels by its walking and video capturing capabilities, “Nao” might become the next real “AIBO Successor” being an allround platform for research and entertainment.

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Julius - Speech Recognition Engine and Acoustic Models

07/22/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Speech Processing

I just found this project called Julius, based at Kyoto University which offers a free speech recognition engine as well as acoustic models for Japanese and English which seem to be compatible with the HTK (Hidden Markov Model Toolkit). The English models must not be used for commercial purposes, though. Anyway, for those working in research, it might be helpful.

http://julius.sourceforge.jp/

The project is explained in this paper, published in the proceedings of the conference EUROSPEECH 2001:

Julius— an Open Source Real-Time Large Vocabulary Recognition Engine

Getting started...

07/21/07 | by admin [mail] | Categories: General

Hello everyone!

I have just started this blog to have a place for storing interesting HRI related information, I come across while researching literature for my thesis or just browsing the web and reading in my favourite online forums. I am particularly interested in multimodal interaction between a human and a robot so probably most of the stuff, you are going to find here, will be in the one or other way related to that field.

See you…
Anja

Robotopia

I am a Ph.D. student at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo doing research in the field of Human-Robot-Interaction. Sometimes I come across interesting information, papers or links, that I would like to share, so I started this blog.

If you are interested, please also have a look at my publications.

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