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  • Robots Podcast: Farewell, join us on Robohub

    Since May 2007, my colleagues at the Robots Podcast and at Robohub and I have been working with to bring you the latest news and views on robotics. For the past 4 years, much of's reporting has been by John Payne (or John_RobotsPodcast, as most of you will know him). With John leaving his post(ing), and Robohub coming into its own, it's now time to consolidate these efforts. I'd like to thank John for his incredibly dependable and insightful reporting throughout the years, and Steve for giving me the opportunity to join this community and take my first...

  • Robots Podcast #178: Speech-Based Emotion Recognition

    four images of a robot exhibiting facial emotional cues

    In episode #178, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Christina Brester, currently a PhD student in Computer Science and Engineering at the Siberian State Aerospace University (SibSAU) in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. For her Master's thesis, Ms. Brester collaborated with a team of other scientists to investigate machine recognition of human emotion based on speech, using an evolutionary multiobjective genetic algorithm, an approach which proved to be far more successful than prior methods. Her ongoing research interests include evolutionary computation,...

  • Robots Podcast #177: Kurosh Madani

    photo of Kurosh Madani

    In episode 177, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Kurosh Madani, Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering, Senart-FB Institute of Technology, and co-founder of the Images, Signals, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LISSI), Univeristy Paris-EST Créteil (UPEC). They discuss neural networks and their potential applications.

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  • Robots Podcast #176: Cristoph Stiller

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    In episode #176, Audrow Nash interviews Christoph Stiller from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Dr. Stiller speaks about the utility of various types of sensors in enabling autonomous vehicle operation, as well as the ethics of autonomous cars, and his experience in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Dr. Stiller is the most recent past president of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, and currently serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine. His...

  • Robots Podcast #175: Riccardo Cassinis

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    In episode #175, Audrow Nash interviews Professor Riccardo Cassinis from the University of Brescia in Italy about using robotics in education. Cassinis speaks about having young people, from primary school through university, access and control real robots remotely, in preference to simulations, to learn subjects such as programming, geography, and foreign languages. Currently at the University of Brescia, Cassinis is the Director of the Advanced Robotics Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Advanced Computer Programming and of Robotics.

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  • Robots Podcast #174: Hunter Lloyd & Looney

    Hunter Lloyd with his Nao robots

    In episode #174, Audrow Nash speaks with Hunter Lloyd, a Professor of Robotics at Montana State University. Hunter, who interrupted his college education to tour as a comedian for six years, performs a comedy act for all ages with partner Looney, a NAO Humanoid Robot from Aldebaran Robotics. Lloyd discusses making people laugh with his robot partner, why he does it, and how what he’s learned as a comedian relates to robotics.

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  • Robots Podcast #173: RoboThespian

    Will Jackson with RoboThespian

    In episode #173, interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks with Will Jackson, founder and Director of Engineered Arts Limited. With a background in design and animatronics, Jackson founded Engineered Arts in 2004 to produce mixed media installations for UK science centres and museums. In 2005, the company began work on the Mechanical Theatre for the Eden Project, which led to the design and construction of the original RoboThespian model.

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  • Robots Podcast #172: Object-based 3D SLAM

    imagery from 3D SLAM

    In episode #172, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Professor John Leonard from MIT about his research on dense, object-based 3D Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM). Leonard explains what SLAM is, as well as its practical applications. The explanations include what it means for SLAM to be object-based (versus feature-based) and to have dense (versus sparse) environmental mapping. The interview closes with advice for aspiring roboticists. (John Leonard is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT Department...

  • Robots Podcast #171: Grant Imahara & Creature Tech.

    Grant Imahara with Ron Vanderkley

    In episode #171, interviewer Ron Vanderkley speaks both with Grant Imahara, of MythBusters, and previously of LucasFilm and Industrial Light & Magic, and with Richard McKenna of The Creature Technology Company, on the theme of Robotics in theater, film and television.

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  • Robots Podcast #170: Edwin Olson on autonomous cars

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    In Robots Podcast #170, interviewer Audrow Nash speaks with Edwin Olson, an Associate Professor and Director of the APRIL Robotics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, about self-driving cars and the University’s 32-acre Mobility Transformation Facility, a testing environment for autonomous cars and the future of driverless vehicles.

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