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Ivan Kirigin's views on Robotics & Culture: future. perfect. progress.

Monday, October 11, 2004

RI25

Robotics Institute - 25th Anniversary:: this site gives a schedule for this week's events. I very much look forward to the talks, and do check back here for some blogging of those I find interesting.

On a side note, the Field Robotics Center had its annual retreat today. We spent a good deal of time talking about the future. Here is a simple exercise: what 10 items will be essential to achieving what is likely to occur in 30-50 years?

Next question: What on that list are you going to work on this year? Navigation without GPS is a good goal. A high fidelity simulator with realistic dynamics would solve a number of problems. With something powerful enough to simulate, say, packed dirt, you could do everything from a speed-up prototyping & validation to self-supervised learning.

Also, SLAM-in-a-box is a very good idea. The fact that a robot has a great deal of trouble currently finding out where it is astounds me.

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