Learned at a Covid-19 Testing Site

Covid-19 nasopharyngeal swabs and vials. Florida became a world epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic recently with 10K+ cases a day for about 10 days. Testing is key to the battle against Covid-19. To get a closer look at how a Covid-19 testing site works, I took an opportunity to work at one Covid-19 Testing site at Ybor as a volunteer. The ...

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Robotic Cooking — Update

Cooking is a big part of our daily life.  It requires skills that take years of training and practice to master.  Preparing a fine meal also takes time.  Many of us spend several hours a day preparing meals for ourselves and our families.  But it is worth the effort since the quality of the meals directly affects our physical ...

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Volunteer at Trinity Cafe

I have been staying home too much for the holidays. So I looked for something to do. Since I don’t plan to take a trip to see any place, volunteering in a soup kitchen sounds interesting. I have done many different volunteering works before. But volunteering in a soup kitchen would be new. So, I googled “soup kitchen” + volunteer and found ...

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Robotics in Logistics 2019 — Part One

Designing a logistic network or system is a complex task. It involves a great deal of understanding of the business, a clear vision of the demand, and a deep comprehension of related technologies. This report focuses on robotics technologies that are useful for logistic systems. Due to the nature of logistics, favorable technologies usually ...

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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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