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The CORAL group: Interview with Joydeep Biswas and Brian Coltin

November 26, 2014 in Robotics

By International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS) Our newest video interview features PhD student Joydeep Biswas, who works with Dr. Manuela Veloso’s CORAL research group, and scientist Brian Coltin, who is at NASA’s Ames Intelligent Research group since graduating from his PhD at Carnegie Mellon under Dr. Manuela Veloso’s supervision. The interview sees both scientists answering questions together in regard to CORAL’s recent projects, the types of robot task they work on and the hardware and software they use while being interviewed separately on their love for robotics and what got them to choose this career path in the first place.

CORAL lab’s research focuses on developing further the CORAL’s CoBot robots, type of robots which are aware of their perceptual, physical, and reasoning limitations and proactively ask for help from humans, for example for object manipulation actions. While Brian Colin focused on robot scheduling before transferring to NASA’s Ames Intelligent Robotics Group, Joydeep Biswas studies how the robots handle changes in a human environment. Both researchers’ general interest is to improve robotic systems’ autonomy and intelligence in the real world. Joydeep also participates in CORAL’s robot soccer project and maintains all lab’s robot hardware. At CORAL, they mainly work with CoBots, soccer playing robots, Baxters and Naos. Among the most challenging tasks they’re facing are obstacle avoidance and the need for a CoBot to rely on and autonomously ask for a human’s help when adapting to the environment. Biswas and Coltin give us their views on how these challenges are being handled and what will probably be the turning point in achieving fully autonomous robots.

Another interesting point made in the interview refers to the current state of robotics research published in today’s robotics publications. According to our interviewees, there’s quite a bit of research overlapping among research groups where researchers seem to rediscover separately over and …read more

Source:: Robohub News Feed

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Particles, waves and drunken sailors

November 26, 2014 in Nanotechnology

Animals looking for food or light waves moving through turbid media – astonishing similarities have now been found between completely different phenomena.

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Source:: Nanowerk News

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Protons fuel graphene prospects

November 26, 2014 in Nanotechnology

This discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons to pass through.

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Source:: Nanowerk News

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Graphene produces more efficient transport of a semiconducting polymer film

November 26, 2014 in Nanotechnology

A new study shows that semiconducting polymers placed on a layer of graphene transports electrical charge more efficiently than when placed on a substrate of silicon.

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Source:: Nanowerk News

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Van der Waals force re-measured

November 26, 2014 in Nanotechnology

Physicists verify nonlinear increase with growing molecular size.

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Source:: Nanowerk News

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