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Robotic Wheelchair Takes Elderly Customers Shopping

[Kyoto, Japan] On March 30, 2011, researchers at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories demonstrated the latest developments in the Ubiquitous Network Robot project, this time featuring a robotic wheelchair in a shopping mall. The demonstration featured autonomous planning and safety using ubiquitous sensor networks, location-based services, and integration with remote teleoperators and mobile devices over the internet, giving elderly wheelchair users the independence to go shopping on their own.

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IROS 2010 Workshop on Ubiquitous Networking Robotics

I recently attended the Ubiquitous Networking Robot workshop at IROS 2010 in Taipei. This was the 11th workshop in a series at IROS and ICRA conferences since its inception in 2004. Presenters included academic speakers from several organizations in Japan and the European Union, representatives from industry, including Toshiba and NEC, and an invited talk from Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, from Osaka University.

Robotic Routers

The traditional approach to provide network connectivity is to deploy a network of stationary wireless routers which cover the entire area of interest. We can use the mobility and communication capabilities of mobile robots to provide appealing solutions where stationary networks might be costly if not infeasible.

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Robots searching for enemy sensor network

How to enable a robot to efficiently detect an enemy sensor network? This project develops algorithms and systems that enable a robot equipped with a directional radio antenna to detect transient and anonymous radio sources. The problem is difficult because the robot cannot treat the radio sources as continuous radio beacons due to unknown number of radio sources, signal source anonymity, short transmission durations, and dynamic/intermittent transmission patterns.

  • If we know the sensors employ CSMA MAC layer, we can use the information.
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    Networked robotic camera for bird activity observation

    CONE (standards for collaborative observation of natural environments) team announce the CONE-Welder site for the networked robots community. We combine standard techniques of field biology with a new class of telerobotic "observatories" to intensively study relevant bird species at Welder Wildlife Foundation in South Texas. We construct a feeding station and capture and color-band birds for individual recognition. We will apply standard techniques such as color-marking, nest location, and specimen collection.

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