Intelligent Robot Group presents in Japan in support of Test Method Development

Raymond Sheh of the Intelligent Robots Group was invited to give a keynote talk on the DHS-NIST-ASTM International Standard Test Method project at the Symposium on the Research and Development Program for Robot Performance Evaluation Methods, held by the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in March, 2017.

Click here for more information and links to the presentation!

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Symposium on the Research and Development Program for Robot Performance Evaluation Methods, held by the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in March, 2017!


Here are some links that might be useful.

Link to Raymond’s presentation to NEDO from 2017

Link to Raymond’s presentation to the JAEA from 2016

Link to Raymond’s presentation to the JAEA from 2015

The Standard Test Method main program page

The Standard Test Method Usage Guide

Registration link to download the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training Guide

Relevant papers:

For any further questions or requests, please email robottestmethods@nist.gov .

Robot Testing at the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Training Facility

The Intelligent Robots Group supported the recent Standard Test Methods for Response Robots testing event, held at the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Training Facility, in conjunction with the meeting of the newly-elevated ASTM E54.09 Committee on Homeland Security Applications: Response Robots. Personnel at the Intelligent Robots Group have a long-standing relationship with this committee, having been involved in its former incarnation, ASTM E54.08.01, for over 10 years.

Raymond Sheh of the Intelligent Robots Group traveled to Virginia Beach in support of this test event and focused on the Group’s area of expertise in tests of robotic perception.

Raymond Sheh with various test method artefacts for visual sensing, accompanied by VIPs from the ASTM E54.09 meeting including the new President of ASTM, Katharine Morgan, and Department of Homeland Security program manager, Kai-Dee Chu.

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.

National Science Week Public Lecture: Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenge

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Drones, droids and robots have captured our imagination, both in film and in real life. It’s interesting to see the kinds of capabilities that remain the realm of science fiction and those that have become science fact.

As part of National Science Week 2016, the Intelligent Robots Group at Curtin University would like to invite you to attend a free public lecture on Intelligent Robotics.

In this lecture, Dr Raymond Sheh from the Intelligent Robots Group will discuss how recent advances in artificial intelligence have closed some gaps between robots in the movies and in real life, while others are likely to stay science fiction for a while longer.

The lecture will also cover the current work of the Intelligent Robots Group, including some initiatives that bring the research challenges of Intelligent Robots to high schools and the community.

Event Details:

Event: National Science Week Public Lecture: Intelligent Drones, Droids and Robots: The Artificial Intelligence Challenges
Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016
Time: 4.30pm for 5.00pm start – 6.00pm
(refreshments served from 4.30pm – 5.00pm)
Location: Tim Winton Lecture Theatre

Building 213:101

Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley

Parking: Parking is available in car park D3. Please enter via the Kent Street entrance.
RSVP: Please register your attendance by Friday 12 August 2016.

About the speaker

Dr Raymond Sheh is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computing at Curtin University. He specialises in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Cyber Security. He has been involved in robotics research since 2003.

Dr Sheh established the Intelligent Robots Group at the Department of Computing, with the aim of developing ways of allowing robots and other intelligent systems to learn about their environments and tasks in a way that not only allows them to perform those tasks better, but to also explain their actions and justify their decisions. This ability has significant implications for issues of safety and trust between humans and intelligent systems.

Dr Sheh’s current activities include robotics for hazardous environments, surgical robotics and the application of robotic sensing technologies to industrial automation. The former includes a significant education and research outreach component to other universities and high schools through Dr Sheh’s position on the Executive Committee of the International RoboCup Rescue Robot League competition.

Prior to joining Curtin in 2013, Dr Sheh was with the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, developing standardised test methods for response robots, used in hazardous environments. He holds a PhD from The University of New South Wales and degrees in Electronic and Communications Engineering and Computer Science from Curtin University.

Further information

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate at this event please email events@curtin.edu.au. We will contact you to provide assistance.

For information about disability services at Curtin, please visit disability.curtin.edu.au.

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!

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