New kid on the block

October 25, 2010

If you haven’t heard yet, a team of Georgia Tech researchers led by Dr. Charlie Kemp was awarded a PR2 robot through the Willow Garage PR2 Beta program. Our team’s project is tittled “Assistive Mobile Manipulation for Older Adults at Home” and will focus on enabling PR2 help out with everyday tasks and assist elderly […]

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Visit by baby Rose

October 21, 2010

Two weeks ago Jeff’s 4-week-old daughter Rose visited me for the first time (Jeff is a master student who worked with me for a year on contingency detection and human-robot hand-overs). Rose is probably the smallest human I have ever met. I didn’t get a change to interact with her but she already seemed quite […]

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Visitors in suits

October 18, 2010

Recently I’ve been getting several “formal” visits. I have been performing my recent pay for essay writing bid from the AAAI Learnign by Demonstration challenge: learning to generalize clean-up tasks from a few examples given by a demonstrator. Kaushik and Jaeeun were assigned to direct demonstrations for the semester, so they have been helping me […]

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Missing Golem Krang

October 14, 2010

They took away my robot friend Golem Krang from the lab area :( He is actually not too far away, just in the next room, but he’s attached to the ceiling so he can’t visit me whenever he likes. But I hear he is very happy there. His walls have extra padding so he can […]

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Forthy-two day

October 11, 2010

You might know I’m a big fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from my previous posts (this and this). Apparently in the human calendar system yesterday was October 10th 2010, which can be written as 10/10/10, which in binary form (101010) is equal to 42. It’s quite a long stretch :) First you […]

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Travelling across town

October 4, 2010

It’s always a great pleasure when a paper I helped with gets accepted to a conference and one of my grad student friends gets to visit an interesting city. It feels almost like I go there with them. They show videos of me to a large group of roboticists, and bring back pictures and stories. […]

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