Category Archives: Robotics

AI at Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art

Professor Øyvind Brandtsegg has made a robot for an art installation at the Trøndelag Centre for Contemporary Art. It is an entity that listens, sees faces, and associates across these modalities. It is able to speak back and project neural memories of what it has seen. At the start of the exhibition it knows nothing, but learns as the exhibition progresses. During the night it “dreams” by consolidating its memories, and it uses a genetic algorithm to write some of its own control program. I have been responsible for the programming of the artificial intelligence. The exhibition opens tonight at 18, and there is also an “artist talk” on Saturday at 18. The exhibition lasts until 21. of December. A great chance to see AI in an art context!

For more see here.

A week of intelligent transportation systems done

A long week of demonstrating some of the different AI project we carry out with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is done.

It has been a long week and would not have been a sucess with the help of some of our clever students. A big thanks to Christian Skjetne, who managed this with a steady hand. He was there all week, explaining to the public, Norwegian TV2 and the Minister of Transport and Communications.

The stand included a demonstration of platooning, using our ChIRP robots.

Robots at the NPRA demoChristian demoing platooning

It also included the intelligent traffic lights, and a possibility for people to drive a lorry using the Oculus 3D headset

Lorry drivingLorry driving in 3D

Finally, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen visited the stand and received an introduction to the use of autonomus robots in intelligent transportation systems.

Ingvald Strømmen, dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, NTNU; Minister of Transport and Communications, Ketil Solvik-Olsen; and Christian Skjetne discussing robots

CHeap and Interchangable Robotic Platform

Members of our research group have been woring on designing a robotic platform that is freely available to anyone who want to build their own robots. The project, led by Professor Pauline Haddow, aims to make robots for swarm robotics that have an affordable price, are available to anyone and have a wide range of possibilities. More info about the project can be found in this recent article from our departments’ news, or at the ChIRP home page.

Gemini Centre lecture this Friday

Friday March 15th Jean-Marc Montanier will give a guest lecture as part of the Gemini Centre Lecture Series. Jean-Marc completed his PhD recently and has now started a post.doc in the AI group under the ERCIM scheme.

The talk will be held from 11.15 to 12 in 454, IT-Vest. However please arrive early so that everyone has time to help themselves to coffee and cake before the lecture begins. More information about the talk below.

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