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Seasons Greetings!

Everyone at the Intelligent Robots Group would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season and a productive, prosperous New Year!

The Intelligent Robots Group supports the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in the further development of response robot testing.

In Late November 2016, Dr Raymond Sheh of the Intelligent Robots Group traveled to the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s Naraha Robot Test Facility in Fukushima prefecture, to present work being performed in collaboration with NIST on the development of standard test methods for response robots and associated events. As part of this, Dr Sheh presented Mr Shinji Kawatsuma of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency with a mobile, collapsible implementation of the prototyping NIST aerial robotics test method apparatus. This variant of the apparatus, developed at Curtin University, makes it easier for operators to test and train themselves to tackle these challenging environments.

You can see further details and view the presentation at http://intelligentrobots.org/links/jaea .

Intelligent Robots Group and NIST collaborate with Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute

The Intelligent Robots Group is working with NIST in establishing a collaboration with the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, focusing on the testing of robots for nuclear response. As part of this, in mid October 2016, Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group traveled to Daejeon in South Korea as part of the NIST delegation to meet with researchers and officials at the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute.

The Intelligent Robots Group at Manufacturing Day 2016

The Intelligent Robots Group supported NIST efforts to promote manufacturing and robotics during the 2016 Maryland Manufacturing Day “Gears on the Gridiron” event with a display of the Rapidly Manufactured Robot League. A particular highlight was the demonstration of a new initiative to produce rapidly manufactured (3D printed) robots that are designed to attach to and augment the capabilities of existing robots in a low cost manner.

National Science Week

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This year, National Science Week 2016 (13-21 August) is celebrating the theme of “Drones, Droids and Robots”. Naturally the Intelligent Robots Group will be involved!

Dr Raymond Sheh will be presenting three lectures throughout the week.

  • Tuesday 16th August, 4.30pm-6.00pm: Free Public Lecture entitled “Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenge”, Tim Winton Lecture Theatre. Please follow this link to register. For inquiries, please email events@curtin.edu.au.
  • Wednesday 17th August, 11.00am-12.00am: Lecture at Acquinas College.
  • Thursday 18th August, 10.00am-11.00am: Free Public Lecture at Curtin University Library (outside the Curtin Library’s Makerspace) as part of the “Brain Break Morning Tea”. Please visit this link to register.

Dr Sheh will also be a member of the expert panel at the Perth launch of the book, Robots and Art – Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis, edited by Damith Herath and Curtin’s own Christian Kroos and Stelarc. This will take place at 4pm on Saturday the 13th of August at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, PICA Reading Room, 51 James St, Northbridge. See links above for details of this free event.

We’re at RoboCup in Leipzig!

The Intelligent Robots Group is leading the development of the Open Academic Robot Kit and the RoboCup Rescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League (formerly the Confined Space Challenge), two initiatives designed to bring the research challenges of the response robotics domain within reach of high schools, undergraduate students and the wider “hacker” and “maker” communities.

As part of this, Dr Raymond Sheh traveled to Leipzig to administer the international RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League demonstration competition, held in Leipzig, Germany, as part of the International RoboCup World Championships.

Dr Raymond Sheh and the five teams that competed in the RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League. 

The event was a great success, with five teams competing over three days. We were able to test out the competition rules and infrastructure and gathered statistically significant performance data on these robots. We also had great success with the Open Academic Robot Kit, with many variations on the Emu Mini 2 appearing. Click on the image above for the report!

If you would like to join us please do visit our website and sign up for our Google Group mailing list!

The Intelligent Robots Group supports the US National Robotics Initiative.

Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group was at Capitol Hill, Washington DC, demonstrating the Open Academic Robot Kit at the recent US National Robotics Initiative (NRI) 5th Anniversary event!

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Hosted by the US Congressional Robotics Caucus, this event showcases some of the projects funded under the NRI and the supporting organisations, including the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Since its inception, the Intelligent Robots Group has been working closely with NIST, as one of the international collaborators on the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Response Robots. The Open Academic Robot Kit is one of the projects that the Intelligent Robots Group is leading.

For more information about the overall project, have a peek at the project brochure here! And of course if you would like to get involved in the Open Academic Robot Kit, the website is here.

The RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League advances!

The Intelligent Robots Group has been working with our partners at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the International RoboCup Federation, for a while now on two initiatives: The Open Academic Robot Kit and the RoboCupRescue Rapidly Manufactured Robot League (formerly known as the Confined Space Challenge).

Click HERE for a printable flyer that describes these initiatives in more detail.

We have now finalised the design of the arena and uploaded build instructions! These designs reflect the state of the arena for the upcoming RoboCupRescue International Championship, to be held in Leipzig from the 28th of June.

We demonstrated these initiatives at the recent USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, and the RoboCupJunior USA Championship in New York.

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We have also launched a Google Groups mailing list so anyone interested in these initiatives, academic or student, can keep up to date and share their advances. So click, browse, join and introduce yourself!

Seasons Greetings!

We hope all of you are having a relaxing holiday break! All the best for 2016.

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The Intelligent Robots Group in Fukushima

Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group will be speaking at the Workshop on Standard Test Method for Response Robots (word doc link), held by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at the newly opened Naraha Remote Technology Development Center, on the edge of the Fukushima exclusion zone, on the 6th and 7th of November 2015.

As one of two invited international speakers, Dr Sheh will speak about his experience in Engaging the Research Community using Standard Test Methods. Dr Sheh’s experience in this area spans a decade, first through the RoboCup Rescue Robot League and then later in his work with NIST, DHS and DARPA, including the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

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Dr Raymond Sheh alongside Prof Satoshi Tadokoro from Tohoku University and Mr Adam Jacoff from NIST. The partially complete experimentation building of the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center is visible in the background.

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