Self-Driving Cars: Balance Innovation and Safety

Background: The number one incentive of self-driving technology is reducing accidence and saving life. In 2015, automobile related fatalities were approximately 1.25 million globally. It is equivalent to five fully loaded Boeing 747 crashing every single day. In the U.S., Human error accounts for 94 percent of all traffic accidents. Vehicle ...

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National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0)

National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots (NRI-2.0) In NRI PI meeting on November 30th, 2016, Reid Simmons (a new NSF program officer who is most in robotics) gave us a better picture of the newly announced so-called NRI-2.0. The new proposal due day is February 2, 2017. After the meeting, I have better understanding of ...

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Using Torch for autoencoder

There are many different DNN frameworks. I was trying different ones when I taught DNN earlier this year. Somehow Torch gave me the impression that it is very easy to install and use. I was mainly using Python/Theano during teaching since I wanted my students to program their network, feed forward, and back propagation all from scratch. Now, I ...

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NSF Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS) Program

On October 25, 2016, I received an email from NSF that notified me a new NSF program called Smart and Autonomous Systems (S&AS). It is another robotics-related program after National Robotics Initiative (NRI) program. Before NRI, robotics people were only able to send their robotics proposals in Robust Intelligence (RI) program under CISE-IIS ...

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Lessons learned from robotics grasping and manipulation competition

Two weeks ago, I, along with eight researchers in the IEEE RAS TC on Robotic Hands, Grasping, and Manipulation, organized the first Robotics Grasping and Manipulation Competition in Daejeon, South Korea during IROS 2016. The competition had three tracks: hand-in-hand, fully autonomous (only in grasping stage), and simulation. There are ...

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Sensors on AV

The following is a list of popular sensors on any autonomous vehicles (AV): 2D camera, range camera, LIDAR, Radar, Sonar, GPS, IMU/compass, odometry. Since autonomous driving requires the vehicle to sense the environment as good and even better than human drivers, multiple sensors are usually used for compensate their capabilities. To ...

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Renaissance of Robotic Grasping

My talk at CCF-GAIR on August 12, 2016. 机器人灵巧手抓取的复兴 大家好,感谢陈主编的介绍。 在座的那一位能在国际象棋比赛中赢IBM深蓝计算机,能在围棋比赛里赢Google的alpha 狗? ...

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Golf practice drills

Start from putting to driver Putting 1.Use 4 balls, place them at four directions from the cup. Make 20 putts in a row from 3-feet. Then move on to 12 in a row from 6 feet, 8 from 10, 8 from 15, 4 from 20. Don't need to be made consecutively. Drill three times for a day. 2. 2-putt. Practice 25, 30 and two-putt 5 times in a row. Tip: Two ...

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