20/04/2018 6:16pm
DART: Noise injection for robust imitation learning via @Robohub [LINK]
18/04/2018 12:44am
RT @UomRobotics: Check out Festo's New Bionic Robots Include Rolling Spider, Flying Fox [LINK] @Festo are real world leade…
17/04/2018 8:47pm
A new exciting #postdoc position in #swarm #robotics at @unisouthampton [LINK]
12/04/2018 12:24am
RT @wjscheirer: Pre-print of the long awaited position paper: "The Limits and Potentials of Deep Learning for Robotics." Provocative stuff…


It is great to build robots. I am mainly a programmer so creating something that is actually physical and exists in the real world is something completely different and new. Also, it is a relief not having to rely on physics engines - things just work the way they are supposed to!

My first robotic projects involved Lego NXT Mindstorms programmed using NXC. However, I always knew I wanted to build the real thing, where the possibilities would only be limited by currently available electronics. Not knowing anything about electronics, I found really good support during my PhD at Southampton. It was with help of Klaus-Peter Zauner and financial help from Jason Noble that enabled me to start learning. The first book I bought was Robot Building for Beginners that takes you through building a simple line-following robot, starting from the very beginnings of what electricity actually is. It took me a while to build the first robot, especially to develop precise motor skills required when handling small components and during soldering.

As I improve robot building becomes increasingly more fun. Most importantly, only imagination is the limit when it comes to robots.


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