Robotics in Practice

The lecture is divided into two main parts: (i) an overview of mass market, commercially available robotic vacuum cleaner, the Dyson 360Eye, and (ii) a review of the history of the image based SLAM which provides the 'heart' of the navigation system for the 360Eye.

It is emphasised that the primary function is 'cleaning', coupled with a number of support functions including: UI, power system and robotics. A more detailed look at the robotic components of the robot will follow including the traction, sensors and SW/HW architecture;  along with how the performance of the 360Eye is measured. Parts of the robot will be available for the students to examine and gain further insight.

The lecture will continue with a historic review of SLAM. This is followed by an overview of the tools used to help develop and test the main robotic algorithms. Details of some of the challenges faced with the 360Eye image system will be presented. Finally, a brief view of the future, including Spatial AI is provided.

To conclude a Q and A session will be provided along with a demonstration of the 360Heurist (follow on robot to the 360Eye!) cleaning the lecture room. This will be the first visit of the 360Heurist to Scotland!

Please note - lunch is provided before the event.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Robert Deaves, Robotics System Architect
G.03 Informtics Forum, University of Edinburgh