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Robot will Help Folks Lost in the Airport

The robot will have to navigate around glass partitions -- a tricky task for a bot! (Photo credit: LASS)

A robot will help passengers navigate the major Amsterdamn airport, Schiphol. The robot, which was built as part of a project called Spencer, map its surroundings. The project is funded by the European Commission and is a collaboration between researchers and businesses in five different countries. …

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Improving Object Recognition for Robots

The proposed SLAM-aware object recognition system is able to localize and recognize several objects in the scene, aggregating detection evidence across multiple views. The annotations are actual predictions proposed by the system. (Photo credit: Courtesy of the researchers.)

John Leonard’s group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations. Last week, at the Robotics Science and Systems conference, members of Leonard’s group presented a …

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Project Using Drones to Assess Farmland Wins $100K

(From left) MIT $100K co-director Marc Chalifoux; RaptorMaps team members Eddie Obropta, Nikhil Vadhavkar, and Forrest Meyen; event host Krisztina Holly; and MIT $100K co-director Jacob Auchincloss. (Photo credit: MIT $100K)

A new project at MIT will use drones to monitor crops. Known as RaptorMaps, the project involves flying drones over farmland collecting images to track crop health and hopefully boost yields. “We are making drones to feed the world,” said Forrest Meyen, a PhD student in …

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