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[Blog]

Citations count fails to measure the impact of research

Added on 17/05/2018

Academic career progress is often judged by so-called "h-index", that measures how much your research is being cited. I recently had a detailed look at what exactly the citations, specifically those reported by Google Scholar, amount to. Only a relatively small fraction of the reported citations corresponded to research being applied or reproduced in a meaningful way.

Designing Effective Roadmaps for Robotics Innovation

Robots AI Added on 21/12/2017

Automated factories, autonomous delivery drones, self-driving cars: these and similar technologies will soon touch every aspect of our lives. An engaging discussion about how these technologies are regulated and innovated took place at the IROS 2017 conference.

Robot swarms in action

Multi-agent systems Robots AI Added on 28/06/2017

Watch e-puck robots collect resources and bring them back to base. While the previous simulation work helped us to learn a lot about the advantages and disadvantages of communication in swarms, doing similar experiments with real robots is already revealing interesting new things.

Coding for tomorrow: Why is good code important?

Objective-C Matlab Libraries Java C++ Applications ActionScript Python Web Added on 27/01/2017

"Why should I care about how my code is written, as long as it works?" I will argue here that well-structured and well-written code not only saves time on a project, it also helps you to invest your time in a way that is meaningful for your future work.

How Coding in Python Might Be Bad For You

Java C++ ActionScript Added on 10/04/2016 :: 45 comments

7 reasons why coding in Python is like writing a really bad essay and getting away with it

Book Review: Waking, Dreaming, Being

Philosophy AI Added on 02/04/2016

What is the self? Is it the basic nature of the mind or is it something perceived by the mind? I'd really recommend the book to anyone interested in these questions, either from a scientific or a philosophical perspective.

Are Robot Swarms Like Brains?

Multi-agent systems Robots Neural networks Philosophy Added on 19/02/2016

I have recently explored a way of measuring how information flows within a robot swarm. I think that there is something intriguing behind this idea - a swarm's resemblance to the human brain.

How I Upgraded My Skateboard to Cyberpunk

Added on 25/10/2015

Yes, I’ve been learning skateboarding. Since I think LEDs are cool on everything, I thought why not put my electronics skills to use and make under-body lighting for my skateboard?

Lots of Robots at IROS in Germany

Robots Neural networks AI Added on 05/10/2015 :: 2 comments

I have just returned from the IROS conference that took place in Hamburg, Germany. The conference name stands for Intelligent Robots and Systems and it was a huge event full of talks and exhibitions about robotics. While the atmosphere was very professional, the spirit of Oktoberfest, a traditional German celebration of beer and German culture that happens between September and October, managed to blend in very well.

Have I Met an Android?

Robots Games AI Added on 17/09/2015

I was browsing game discussion forums on Steam and came across a post that did not make much sense. Have I talked to an AI?

pyCreeper

The main purpose of pyCreeper is to wrap tens of lines of python code, required to produce graphs that look good for a publication, into functions. It takes away your need to understand various quirks of matplotlib and gives you back ready-to-use and well-documented code.

Novelty detection with robots using the Grow-When-Required Neural Network

The Grow-When-Required Neural Network implementation in simulated robot experiments using the ARGoS robot simulator.

Fast Data Analysis Using C++ and Python

C++ code that processes data and makes it available to Python, significantly improving the execution speed.

Designing Robot Swarms

This project looks at the challenges involved in modeling, understanding and designing of multi-robot systems.

Robustness in Foraging E-puck Swarms Through Recruitment

Swarms of five e-puck robots are used in a semi-virtual environment, facilitated by the VICON positioning system. Recruitment can make swarms more robust to noise in robot global positioning data.