2017: The year of the stock-taking robot

By |2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00July 5th, 2017|Articles|

In the face of growing competition from e-commerce, brick-and-mortar stores are having to innovate. With lower costs, speed and ease-of-use on their side, online retailers are in prime position to take the lead in the retail world. So, what are stores doing about it? Early adopters of automation and AI (think computerized check-outs and online [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

ERL tournament: TIAGo Steel robots for loan

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

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 [...]

Ethics in robotics: an interview with Dr. Michael Anderson

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

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 [...]

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

By |2019-01-31T15:27:56+00:00February 20th, 2017|Articles|

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 [...]

TIAGo ROS Simulation Tutorial 2 – Autonomous robot navigation

By |2019-01-10T16:10:13+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Articles|

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 [...]

A robot localization system solely based on distance sensors

By |2018-07-03T15:26:40+00:00November 28th, 2016|Articles|

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 [...]