The definitive intern guide to SLAM: place recognition & loop closure

SLAM - simultaneous localisation and mapping - is a technique robots use to build a map of their environment, ascertain where they are within the map and assess whether they’ve been to a particular location before. It’s an incredibly important technique within navigation research, so important in fact that we currently have a team focusing [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Articles|

TIAGo to the rescue: how robots can help an ageing society

This May, for a period of three weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting two fellow roboticists, Guido van der Hart and Nicky Mol, from one of our partner companies based in the Netherlands: Heemskerk Innovative Technology (HIT). Helping maintain independence Over at HIT, Guido and Nicky keep themselves busy by trying to anticipate some [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Articles|

ERL tournament: TIAGo Steel robots for loan

We’re incredibly excited to announce the call for loan of three TIAGo Steel robots to teams who want to enter the ERL Service Robots 2017 tournament. We will also give one additional robot for free to the team we believe shows exceptional quality of expertise and degree of innovation in their application paper and simulation [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:29:11+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Articles|

Ethics in robotics: an interview with Dr. Michael Anderson

Dr. Michael Anderson, from the University of Hartford, researches the principles and practices that inform the ethical behavior of autonomous systems. He is using our mobile manipulator TIAGo to undertake research involving machine ethics, and to develop and test some of his ethical theories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak68hOdVafY Learning to trust Artificial Intelligence “Artificial Intelligence might serve as a backup [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Articles|

The humanoid robot TALOS has been officially presented at LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France)

This Thursday TALOS robot made the first steps towards the future! The high-performance humanoid robot developed by PAL Robotics has been officially presented at the LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse (France). A first demonstration of capabilities such as walking, grasping advanced control took place at the leading French research institution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxdNvP2jKcc This is the first [...]

By | 2018-04-11T07:36:32+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Articles|

TIAGo ROS Simulation Tutorial 2 – Autonomous robot navigation

The second pack of open-source ROS tutorials for TIAGo’s simulation in Gazebo enables the robot to navigate autonomously in indoor spaces. Learn how to create a map with gmapping, localize itself in the space and do path planning avoiding obstacles in real time with the TIAGo Tutorials. PAL Robotics team puts available tutorials in TIAGo [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Articles|

A robot localization system solely based on distance sensors

A robust localization system that uses only distances to a small set of non-synchronized radio beacons at very small update rates. This innovative location system has been developed by Professor Fernando Caballero (Universidad de Sevilla) and Professor Luis Merino (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) with the collaboration of PAL Robotics, in a successful example of the [...]

By | 2018-04-11T08:47:58+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Articles|

TIAGo ROS Simulation Tutorial 1 – How to control the cobot?

TIAGo’s ROS open tutorials for its open-source simulation in the Gazebo start with TIAGo’s control. This collaborative robot is open in simulation to anyone who has an idea for him. PAL Robotics describes everything needed to use TIAGo in simulation, from the basic steps to control it to more complex motions and commands. Tutorial blocks [...]

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:50+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Articles|
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