ROSCon & IROS: Thank you, Vancouver!

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Events|

This year ROSCon consolidated more than ever as the landmark event for the Robot Operating System developers community. Such general impression was encouraged by the rise of partners and sponsors - such as PAL Robotics - that broke all records. As usual, ROSCon organizers have conveniently made available all the conference talks online! These are very [...]

SocSMCs: making robots interact without words

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Articles|

When we shake hands with someone or help them moving furniture, our body is calculating much more than we know, even though we are not consciously aware. The direction in which our hand is moving, how much force is needed, how we keep the balance meanwhile… These are automatic decisions that are daily taken by [...]

ROSCon & IROS 2017: Towards a human-friendly robots horizon

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:48+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Events|

“Friendly people, friendly robots”. This is the theme of IROS 2017, held in Vancouver next week, considering that many stakeholders - PAL included - foresee a future with robots all around us, enhancing our daily life and helping us grow as humans. TIAGo is joining our team traveling to Canada! Our endearing robot is so [...]

The European Robotics League is coming to Barcelona!

By | 2018-04-09T13:44:49+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Robots from all over Europe will descend on Barcelona for the European Robotics League’s Local Tournament, 20 - 24 November. It’s the first time the Spanish city has hosted the European Robotics League (ERL), and it will be held at PAL Robotics’ office. We’re incredibly excited to announce that the call for participation is now [...]

The intern guide to SLAM part II: loop closure & new framework

By | 2018-04-10T15:38:18+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Next up in our SLAM series is intern Tessa Pannen, who is studying a Computational Engineering Science MA at the Technische Universität Berlin. As she’s coming to the end of her six month internship, we quizzed Tessa about the successes and challenges of her new verification process for loop closure and framework for SLAM. This [...]

TIAGo Steel loans for European Robotics League: winners announced!

By | 2018-04-11T07:21:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Articles|

Back in May, we announced our intention to lend TIAGo Steel robots to teams who wanted to enter the European Robotics League - Service Robots competition (ERL). We had a fantastic number of participants, and are thrilled to see so many researchers, students and companies excited to test their software applications on our robot. Drum roll, [...]

Behind the scenes of Robocup: hacking TIAGo

By | 2018-04-11T07:23:20+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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+00:00 July 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 [...]

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