Jana Tumova in Robots in Depth #18 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Jana Tumova talks about formal verification of computer systems and synthesizing controllers from models. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #18 supported by http://www.aptomica.com

We get an introduction to the relatively new, especially when applied to robotics, field of formal verification. Jana talks about the requirements and limits of formal verification and how she feels we are ready to start merging the computer science process with regulatory and business processes.

Jana also describes how she worked on an autonomous golf cart in Singapore where the controller was synthesized.

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Henrik Christensen in Robots in Depth #17 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Henrik Christensen shares his views on the impact of the robot revolution and stories from his life in European robotics research. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #17 supported by http://www.aptomica.com

Henrik talks about how he got started in computer vision and how working with cameras on mobile platforms got him into robotics. We hear about him being part of early EU supported research projects and how that brought him to KTH in Stockholm and the Centre for Autonomous Systems

While at KTH, he worked on early autonomous vacuum cleaners together with Electrolux. This fits well with his desire to both do interesting research and to transform the results into useful applications in the real world.

Henrik also tells us how the European robotics network mailing list led to the creation of robotics roadmaps.

Henrik and Per discusss that when it comes to talking about the robot revolution with the general public, Hollywood is our worst enemy, because the image they portray is usually completely incorrect.

Henrik then shares his views on how the robot revolution will affect the labor market and the environment and also improve the life of the handicapped and elderly. It is a huge opportunity for all, and Per could not agree more.

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Peter Corke in Robots in Depth #16 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Peter Corke is well known for his work in computer vision and has written one of the books that define the area. We get to hear about his long and interesting journey into giving robots eyes to see the world. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #16 supported by http://www.aptomica.com

In this interview, Peter talks about how serendipity made him build a checkers playing robot and then move on to robotics and machine vision. We get to hear about how early experiments with “Blob Vision” got him interested in analyzing images and especially moving images.

The interview ends with Peter adding a new item to the CV, fashion model, when he shows us the ICRA 2018 T-shirt!

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On his web site you can also find many useful resources, including the MOOC Robot Academy, his Robotics Toolbox and the Machine Vision Toolbox

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Dave Rollinson in Robots in Depth #15 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Dave Rollinson from Hebi Robotics talks about learning from watching his robots being used as everyday tools. We also get an initiated overview of the modular robotics systems that Hebi develops. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #15 supported by http://www.aptomica.com

Dave shares how he had the opportunity to work with sewer inspection robots early on. He learned a lot from constantly bringing the robots out in the field. Seeing how the robots were used, as regular tools, and how they succeeded and failed helped him iterate the design and take the steps needed to create a well-functioning product.

Dave also talks about how he wanted to continue to build robots as he continued his education. He chose to go to CMU and professor Howie Choset’s lab because they build their own hardware.

We get the opportunity to see one of the modular robotics system Hebi is working on live and a few examples of how it is being used.

At the end of the interview, Dave and the host Per, who is a major modular robotics fan, discuss the significance of modularity in robotics and how it can change how we develop and use robots and machines.

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Aseem Prakash in Robots in Depth #14 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Aseem Prakash talks about how we can prepare for co-existing with robots & AI. What will the future with robots look like & how can we prepare to maximize the benefit Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #14 supported http://www.aptomica. https://youtu.be/mPo4p6z30DY

Aseem, who is a Futurist at the Center for Innovating the Future, talks about a future with robots, rather than the future of robotics.

He also talks about studying how tomorrow unfolds and develop a strategy that will help us adapt to new technologies and how we best integrate them in our lives, private or professional.

Aseem then brings up the risk of not preparing, keeping up to date with what is happening and thinking about how these developments will affect your business or organization.

He ask the question, when we co-exist with 5-10 or even hundreds of robots and smart systems, what will that look like? A very important question that everyone needs to answer for themselves privately as well as in their business, and that we as a society have to answer collectively.

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Daniel Pizzata in Robots in Depth #13 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Daniel Pizzata talks about how his passion for modular robotics has driven him to start Modbot, a company building a robotics platform and creating a community. The goal of Modbot is to bring robots out of the research labs and make them accessible to everyone. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #13 supported by http://www.aptomica.

Daniel started out in the defense sector in Australia using robotics to measure radio transmissions. He worked on many different projects, but felt that he wanted to work with technology that was more widely applicable in society, and follow his ambitions.

Daniel also talks about how he met his co-founder Adam Ellison and how they had the idea of a platform and a community that could widen the range of people that are able to develop robotics and automation solutions. This turned out to be a life-changing journey with many intense moments and amazing experiences.

Daniel then shares how living on floor 7½ in the mezzanine corridor was one of the interesting aspects of moving to San Fransisco to pursue his dream of starting Modbot.

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Erin Rapacki in Robots in Depth #12 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Erin Rapacki talks about how the FIRST robotics competition was a natural and inspiring way into robotics and onward into her career in robotics. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #12 supported by http://www.aptomica.com.

Erin talks to Per about her work in marketing for several startups. They discuss selling points, including examples from different industries, and marketing for launching a robotics product. Erin also shares her insights on telepresence robots from working with Beam and her game plan for starting a new company based on robotics technology.

In this interview, we get Erin’s perspective on IOT and robotics being the next wave of startups and that venture capital is adapting to the difference between web and app investments on one hand and hardware and IOT/robotics on the other.

Erin thinks that robotics will be introduced in specific verticals and that the service industry will be early adopters. We also find out about how the robot loving customer is her biggest problem!

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Dan Kara in Robots in Depth #11 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Dan Kara talks about how a trip to Japan made him start Robotics Trends & RoboBusiness. He also shares his views on what is going on in robotics. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #11 supported by http://www.aptomica.com.

Like many others, Dan found robotics early in science fiction. When he was looking for a new challenge, having left the IT industry, a trip to Robodex in Japan inspired him to start Robotics Trends & RoboBusiness.

We hear how the focus has shifted from military applications in the early 2000s to more and more consumer focused progress.

Agility in production is also discussed as consumer demand pushes manufacturers to refocus from large scale production of similar items to more customer focused production.

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Daniel Lofaro in Robots in Depth #10 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Daniel Lofaro talks about how he works very hard to make things easier and how co-robotics, where humans and robots collaborate is the way forward. Bringing cost down cost and better AI is critical for this. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #10 supported by http://www.aptomica.com.

Daniel is Assistant Professor at George Mason University specialising in humanoid robots.

He talks about how robotics needs a “killer app”, something that makes it compelling enough for the customer to take the step of welcoming a robot into the business or home.

Daniel also discusses creating an ecosystem of robots and apps, and how competitions can help do this.

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Craig Schlenoff in Robots in Depth #9 Sponsor: Aptomica.com Host: Per Sjöborg

Craig Schlenoff talks about ontologies and the significance of formalized knowledge for agile robotics systems that can quickly and even automatically adapt to new scenarios. Host: Per Sjöborg, Robots in Depth #9 supported by http://www.aptomica.com.

To make robotics systems more agile and easily adaptable to new tasks is very important for robotics to expand beyond large manufacturing settings. Small organizations using robots have new and different needs. They need the robots they use to more easily adapt to their quickly changing needs. Good ontologies and formalized knowledge makes this possible. It might even make it possible to automate the automation.

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