Dr. Mark Humphrys

School of Computing. Dublin City University.

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Kiva robots used in Amazon warehouses. They bring mobile shelves to the humans.

Sensor Fusion (high-speed robotic dexterity).
At Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory, University of Tokyo.

Humanoid robots

Robots online

Robot competitions


Robots falling down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015.

Domestic robots

The Roomba vacuum cleaner.

Weeding robot from Ecorobotix.

Space robots

Unlike military robots, space robots can't be remote controlled.
They need to be mainly autonomous (need AI).

The rover Curiosity on Mars, Sept 2012.
From here.

Curiosity's first year on Mars.

Military robots

Mostly remotely controlled by human (not controlled by AI).

LittleDog walks over rough terrain.

The LS3 "pack animal" military robot.

Door opening. 2018 video from Boston Dynamics.

Military drones (remote-controlled)

Remote-controlled drones (not controlled by AI) play a major role in current precision warfare against individuals. (Contrast with the simple carpet bombing of previous warfare.)

The Predator.

The X-47B is a larger unmanned bomber with extra capabilities (stealth capability, invisible to radar, faster, aircraft carrier launch and landing, midair refuelling).

Swarm of nano quadrotors.
Autonomous (not remote controlled).
From GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania.

Intel light show with 1,500 drones.
Like fireworks, but flexible and intelligent.

Plans to use drones for general home delivery. (Replacing FedEx, Amazon, pizza delivery, etc.)
Safety obviously a top concern.
(Though home delivery trucks and vans crash too.)

A movie drama about how swarms of miniature killer drones could change warfare.
Whether they could lead to a breakdown of society, as here, is one question. But they could certainly change warfare.

Autonomous cars

Traffic flow could be much faster with software-controlled cars.
The above could be done - but would probably be too terrifying a ride for the humans!
A more synchronised (but still software-controlled) flow would be easier on the humans' nerves.
From Peter Stone.

DARPA Grand Challenge

Stanford University entry in 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.

2007 footage.

2007 winner.

Google autonomous cars

Sebastian Thrun, the Stanford scientist who won the DARPA Grand Challenge (above), is now at Google working on autonomous cars.

Sebastian Thrun, TED talk in 2011 on Google autonomous cars.

Google Self-Driving Car Project.
2014 test drives with civilians.

Audi driverless car does 150 mph, 2014.
Other driverless cars have done high speeds.

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