IPAB Seminar and Workshop

Thursday March 8th there will be two talks in the Informatics Forum 4.31/4.22 with pastries available.

Time: 12:30-13:00
Speaker: Antonio Javier Gallego Sánchez - University of Alicante Title
Title: Detection of oil spills and shipwrecked people using aerial sensor data and Deep Learning techniques
Abstract: According to information obtained from the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR), maritime traffic spills more than 20 million m3/year of both oil and other hydrocarbons into the waters of the European Union. The presence of oil slicks on the sea surface requires early detection to activate emergency protocols focused on controlling the environmental impact and ecological damage to be carried out. Detection and monitoring are usually performed manually using two kinds of sensors: images in a visible spectrum and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). Similar issues occur with the automatic detection of shipwrecked or drowned people. In Spain, small boats with immigrants arrive on the coast almost every day. Unfortunately, many of them are shipwrecked, and due to the waves and to the large area to explore, rescue missions are laborious and expensive. The maritime rescue service does not have any type of automatic system to help them in the search, therefore an application for this task is of great interest. In this project we use computer vision algorithms, specifically Convolutional Neural Networks, and information from different types of sensors such as color images, Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) or multispectral cameras, for the design of systems that automate these tasks or that help in their development.


Time: 13:00 -14:00
Speaker: Zhibin (Alex) Li
Title: Reaching the Unreachable: The Science of Robot Locomotion
Abstract: Decades of research has been focused on robot locomotion. The  goal of this field is to develop walking, running, leaping and climbing robots which can operate on a variety of terrains. Driving this push towards locomotion is the demand for robots to carry out tasks like delivery and distribution in the real world. Yet, robot locomotion comparable with human level performance has not been seen outside the lab. This talk will briefly review the motivation of robot locomotion and its state of the art, followed by the main research challenges in planning and control. We will also show our current ongoing research progresses with some open questions, and discuss the technologies being developed in other fields that can promisingly transform these challenges into solvable problems. Finally an outlook will be given to useful robotic applications in the near and distant future.

Thursday, 8 March, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00
Antonio Javier Gallego Sánchez & Zhibin (Alex) Li
Informatics Forum 4.31/4.33, University of Edinburgh