Behind the scenes of Robocup: hacking TIAGo

By |2018-04-11T07:23:20+00:00July 30th, 2017|Articles|

If you saw the modified TIAGo that competed at Robocup 2017 in Japan, you probably noticed that the robot looked a little different. That’s because it was modified by the Technical University of Munich, specifically for the Robocup@Home Open Platform League, and aptly renamed TIAGo@Home. Keep reading to find out how the Alle@Home team hacked [...]

Humanoid robots, imitation learning and torque control

By |2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00July 26th, 2017|Articles|

This week, we interview Head of the Department of Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, Ales Ude. As founder of the department’s Humanoid and Cognitive Research Lab, he has a particular interest in imitation learning - the way robots interact with and learn from humans. In Ales’ words, “Imitation learning [...]

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 [...]