On Monday, April 9, CSE faculty and graduate student researchers displayed some of their projects at Michigan Robotics Day. The event, co-hosted by U-M and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, was designed to raise awareness of regional robotics capabilities and to promote Michigan STEM and industry strengths.
CSE projects shown at the event included:
Intelligent Robotic Wheelchair
The Intelligent Robotic Wheelchair is a platform that brings together a number of research projects under the supervision of of Prof. Benjamin Kuipers. The projects include the use of cameras and other sensors for vision, a system of mapping using acquired data, and the development of control systems that will eventually enable to system to intelligently navigate based on the data it acquires.
CARL, the Car Lab
CARL is a newly-acquired research platform for use in a variety of projects related to data acquisition and mapping, autonomy, and passenger safety, amongst others. CARL is a Ford Escape Hybrid that was donated by Ford Motor Company. Faculty who will be overseeing research with CARL are Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice of NAME.
A number of Prof. Olson's robots that won the 2010 MAGIC International Robotics Competition were on hand to demonstrate their ability to act as a team to map environments (they mapped the display area) and respond to external stimuli.
More About Michigan Robotics Day
Record Update: Levin: Robotics technology "is our ticket to an awful lot of good"
AnnArbor.com: Autonomous robots, vehicles hot topic during annual U-M Robotics Day
CBS Detroit: Michigan Robotics Day Shows Off The Future
The Detroit News: Robotics boosters tout Michigan potential
Fox News: Former General Motors R&D chief says self-driving cars will be on sale by 2020
Below are photos from the event. To view or download larger photos, just click on the thumbnail image of interest.
Posted: April 9, 2012