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Team Edinbots take part in RoboCup 2018

A team of  students represented the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at RoboCup 2018 in Montreal, Canada from the 15th to the 22nd of June.

Team Edinbots competed in the Rescue Simulation League, a challenge where a group of robots navigate autonomously through an unknown disaster environment in search of victims. Edinbots competed against a team from Cambridge University in an exhilarating, fast-paced and tight final set of 4 matches, with Cambridge winning by an extremely narrow margin. 

IEEE Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics 2018

Dr Patricia A Vargas, Dr Renan Moioli, Dr Micael Couceiro, Prof Josh Bongard and Prof Phil Husbands are leading and organising a special session that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8-13 July this year.

The IEEE Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics is part of the WCCI 2018, which is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence.

Sethu Vijayakumar gives TEDx talk

Sethu Vijayakumar appeared at TEDx Glasgow on Friday 1st June, giving a talk entitled 'Sending your robot to Mars? List of things to pack'.

In the talk, Sethu outlined the capabilities that would be required in an unmanned robotic pre-deployment mission to Mars. Three live robotics demonstrations were also included. Students from the centre joined Sethu to assist with the robots.

Joint seminar: Socially Acceptable BioRobotics Systems for Assisted Living Applications

Dr. Filippo Cavallo with be hosting a joint seminar with University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. The dates and times are as follows:

Date: Monday 11th June

Place: Room G.07, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

Time: 3pm – 4pm

 

Date: Wednesday 13th June

Place: Robotarium, Heriot-Watt University

Time: 3pm-4pm

 

Our Future Scotland Premiere and Launch

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar joined a panel of Scottish leaders at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May in a discussion exploring the aspirations for Scotland in 2030.

During the event, run by Scotland’s Futures Forum and the RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland, a video and engagement project to explore people’s hopes and fears about the changes that would face the country in the coming decades.

Scientists discover that robots can make humans sleepy

A team of academics from the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics have discovered that robots can make humans sleepy. About half of adults yawn after someone else yawns due to a universal phenomenon called contagious yawning. Volunteers who watched the EMYS android robot that mimicks the sounds and signs of sleepiness found that they too developed the urge to yawn. The discovery could help scientists design androids to help around the home.