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[Blog :: Jan - Dec 2015]

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 A-Life Added on 05/10/2015

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 A-Life 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?

Top 5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started a PhD

Added on 06/05/2015

In a short moment self-reflection, I made a list of the five most important things that doing research with a lot of data has taught me. And I learned the hard way - wasting a lot of time and energy re-doing things instead of being smart about it at the beginning. Note to self: I should read this once a year or so.

The Hive Mind in Southampton

Multi-agent systems Robots Games AI A-Life Added on 16/03/2015

I had the privilege to present The Hive Mind, my new sci-fi puzzle game about insect-inspired construction with robots, at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering day last weekend. A lot of people came to play it and it was great to watch how they interacted with it - kids were often better at the game than their parents!

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.

Citations count fails to measure the impact of research

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.

V-REP, Gazebo or ARGoS? A robot simulators comparison

Let’s have a look at three commonly used open-source simulators for robotics: V-REP, Gazebo and ARGoS, to find out which one suits your project the best.

Designing Effective Roadmaps for Robotics Innovation

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.

The Information-Cost-Reward framework for understanding robot swarm foraging

The Information-Cost-Reward (ICR) framework relates the way in which robots obtain and share information about where work needs to be done to the swarm’s ability to exploit that information in order to perform work efficiently in the context of a particular task and environment.