What robotics professors in the U.S. think about driverless car technology

John Leonard (MIT) did polls on driverless cars at the 2018 NSF NRI PI meeting. Here I summarize the poll results. The people participated in the polls are the robotics professors in the U.S. They would be considered as the experts in autonomous driving. Most importantly, most of they don’t have any financial tie with the auto or autonomous ...

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How AI Impacts Your Organization — roundtable summary

I have moderated a roundtable for Digital Enterprise Transformation Assembly, held in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, FL, on June 21. The event's website is https://event.mill-all.com/digital-enterprise-transformation-8/ About 20 people attended the roundtable titled “How AI Impacts Your Organization.“ Three conclusions were reached: - ...

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AI Meets Physical World — Exploring Robot Cooking

Our main research focus is to bring the computer intelligence into the physical world so that robots could perform physically interactive manipulation tasks. Our work proposed an approach that first gives robots the ability to learn manipulation skills by "watching" online instructional videos. After "watching" over 200 instructional videos, a ...

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Deep reinforcement learning

Deep reinforcement learning (DRL) is usually referred deep q-learning. It is a neural network approach to estimate q-values for all states and actions in a Markov Decision Process (MDP). The basic concept is very simple. There are many different implementations with different tricks. The deep reinforcement learning is very simple if you know ...

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Are trade tensions good for robotics

Yes. Observation of the current trade tension in the world. The US started the trade tension for the following main motivations: Cut trade deficit Cut finance deficit and debt Attract companies back to the U.S. Improve U.S.'s competitiveness in manufacturing. Strategies: Make the domestic economy booming so that US's ...

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Robotic Pouring

Papers: Adaptable Pouring: Teaching Robots Not to Spill using Fast but Approximate Fluid Simulation Use optimization and fluid simulation, some good references Reinforcement Learning: A Survey, 1996 Journal of Arti cial Intelligence Research https://www.jair.org/media/301/live-301-1562-jair.pdf Reinforcement learning ...

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How to Establish and Deteriorate a Nation’s Center of Innovation

In 1874, Thomas Alva Edison sold the rights of his early invention Quadruplex telegraph to Western Union for $10,000. Using this fund, he started to develop the idea of a new modern lab facility. After thorough two-year’s preparation, in 1876, he opened his industrial research lab in Menlo Park. It is considered the first industrial research ...

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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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