Carnegie Mellon Robotics Lab

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What a treat. Scoble got a tour of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Lab in Pittsburgh, PA. Check out the soccer-playing robots. Oh, and see the art of discovery at the time it happened. "It worked!" And, not just fun robots either, the teams there are developing robots to help during heart surgery and other medical proceedures. It's very rare to get a tour like this, so enjoy!

Also check out the Microsoft Robotics Group video.

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    Ion Todirel
    Scoble?
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    keeron
    Ion Todirel wrote:
    Scoble?


    He is not leaving until end of this month. In any case, I suspect these must be few weeks old.

    You guys should bring Robert in every few weeks as the "guest" cameraman,interviewer,background laugh provider guy Smiley We'll miss those background cellphone rings Wink
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    scobleizer
    Yeah, more than a few weeks, I shot this back in January and just never ran it for some reason. It's just a really cool tour. Has almost nothing to do with Microsoft. Today's my last day in the office, Friday is my last day as a paid employee. Oh, and I have a bunch of other videos that'll run over the next few weeks.
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    jason818_25​3.33

    I think that little soccer playing robot is so cool. I liked how it actualy tracked the ball.

    So 2050 is the year Robots vs Humans in a soccer game.

    "The Segway is capable of speeds up to 20 miles per hour. A speed-governing key is used to limit the speed of the personal transport model to 10 miles per hour, or "three times faster than the average walker." "As of June 2000, the fastest running human is Michael Johnson, 1996 set the world record of running 200 meters in 19.32 seconds. Johnson's record can be calculated to equal 10.35 m/s or 37.267 km/h
    Ill be rooting for the Robots. Smiley

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    jsampsonPC
    This interview is fantastic!
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    LightRider
    Every time I see one of these cool robotics videos, I can't help but feel sad that all the really really interesting robotics research and advancement are being made overseas. You don't see such crude robotics technology over there anymore, but highly sophisticated ambulatory robots that can mimic many human activities. I really hope America can catch up.
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    andur
    I've programmed for soccer playing robots before. For one of my course projects back at university, I wrote a reinforcement learning ai that actually managed to learn how to play a decent game of soccer. Though the one's that I worked with, are these little round circular things, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~coral-downloads/small/movies/Research/HumanVsRobotsSmall.asf (video's also from Carnegie Mellon, though I didn't go there myself)
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    ploe

    a lot of interesting things going on in robotics...

    anyone going to be at AAAI that's coming up?

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    papavb
    This is great stuff. Innovation is cool (soccer playing robots). Thanks guys for doing this. We'll miss you scoble good luck.

    o btw Charles "procedures" only has one e. Not trying to be a smart a** .
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    pierrelecle​rcq


    Organizational research: the feedback loop model. (CS-CE oriented)

    Let's acknowledge the fact a pipeline model, although useful, and simple, does not necessarily provide the most extensive ways to find innovative ideas and turn them into products.

    Great products are often built on an initial good idea, but require constant seeding to keep evolving. A lot of input comes from marketing feed, and it is necessary. On the other hand product development, in itself, generates a lot of side technology which is usually not exploited due to time/budget constraints, and simple irrelevance to the priorities at hand.

    Research is not necessarily product driven, and the goal are more about developing concepts and building proof of concepts.

    The classical pipeline model usually relies on hypothetical communication between those two layers, each with distinct goals. The idea would be to come up with an organization that would provide a tighter integration, in order to not only feed research into development, but also feed back some development ideas into research.

    The process would be split into three different teams. The first team would look like a conventional research team, in charge of exploring ideas, and building proof of concepts. The second team would look like a product team, but on a lightweight scale. It would monitor the work of the research team, and identify meaningful ideas they will productize. As a lightweight development team, it will follow a development process, where the goal would not be to actually kick something out the door, but rather to provide development-oriented insights that will be fed back into the research team. Just as in a neural net, you would then witness an exploration process where convergence is driven by a feedback loop. The third team would have the goal of monitoring the two other teams, possibly providing some higher level feedback, but most importantly identifying short term products and feeding them into the marketing and engineering teams. Another goal for this team could be to facilitate technology transfers between this organization and engineering.

    As a whole those three teams would remain a research organization, but could provide a strong interleave of engineering and research skills and knowledge.

    One could question the amount of resources needed for funding such an organization, which is, in itself, an organizational research project, but the pipeline model although simple has shown limits. It would be easy to name large companies which have faced the situation where despite having funded massive research efforts, and actually having found great concepts, never turned them into real-life products. Then, the amount of resources used is quite large, even for a pipeline model.

    Pierre Leclercq

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    liridon shala
    Those guys on the video were doing a great job. robotics development is powerfull on that area , those layds on Software and Testing   they very greatfull  
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    lyncas
    Are they releasing the code base for AIBO /Segway RMP, even old versions would be useful.  It seems people could affordably start using robots similar to segways (without the automatic balancing) and test team interaction. 

    ~Andrew Lynch

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