“Robotarium” will allow greater access and collaboration
The Georgia Institute of Technology is building a new lab that will allow roboticists from around the country to conduct experiments remotely. Researchers from other universities, as well as middle and high school students, will schedule experiments, upload their own programming code, watch the robots in real-time via streamed video feeds and receive scientific data demonstrating the results.
The “Robotarium” is expected to house up to 100 ground and aerial swarm robots. No other university has a similar facility.
“Building and maintaining a world-class, multi-robot lab is too expensive for a large number of roboticists and budding roboticists. This creates a steep barrier to entry into our field,” said Magnus Egerstedt, Schlumberger Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). “We need to provide more access to more people in order to continue creating robot-assisted technologies. The Robotarium will allow that.”
Egerstedt will lead the project, which includes several Georgia Tech faculty members who will also have access to the facility for their own multidisciplinary experiments and curriculum. The team has already created a mini-version of the Robotarium. Georgia Tech graduate students used it to complete their robotics projects. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, successfully uploaded code during a recent test session.
Access is only one goal of the project.
“A research instrument like the Robotarium has the potential to build stronger networks of collaborative research, making the whole significantly larger than the sum of its parts,” he said. “The end result has the potential to show how remote access instruments can be structured in other areas beyond robotics.”
The National Science Foundation is helping to fund the project with two grants totaling $2.5 million. Georgia Tech will transform an existing classroom into the new lab. Georgia Tech will use the other award to help create safe and secure open-access systems for the remote lab.
“The first thing that’s going to happen when you open it to the public is someone is going to try to break it,” said Aaron Ames, an associate professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and ECE who’s involved in the project. Ames has already developed an algorithm to prevent robots from colliding with each other.
The Robotarium is expected to be fully operational in 2017.
“It’s going to be a room where robots are always roaming around,” said Egerstedt. “Georgia Tech students will be able to hang out and watch research that is happening across the country and beyond.”
The Latest on: Robotarium
via Google News
The Latest on: Robotarium
- Competition: National Robotarium, Edinburgh on October 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm
Within a rapidly changing world, mental wellbeing is the next big issue architecture needs to tackle, says Nick Collins of planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore. The issue features building ...
- How Edinburgh is playing a key role in robotics on August 29, 2019 at 9:44 am
As the UK’s first National Robotarium takes shape in the west of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University continues its journey to becoming one of the world’s leading centres for robotics. Yet this is not ...
- Try out your code on a swarm of real robots on August 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm
The researchers will even send video evidence of the experiment. This Robotarium opens this month. It’s a 725-square-foot facility that houses nearly 100 rolling and flying swarm robots. The concept ...
- UK government advances plans for National Robotarium on August 16, 2019 at 1:50 am
Supported with a £21m funding package from the government, the National Robotarium will provide an environment where researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs and educators will collaborate to foster new ...
- Georgia Tech’s Robotarium is “a shining beacon of robotic awesomeness” on July 10, 2018 at 9:00 am
“My students complain every morning that they have to wipe nose prints off the window because people are up against it, seeing these robots do stuff,” says Magnus Egerstedt, founder of the Robotarium ...
- Take control of a swarm of bots at the Robotarium on September 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm
This is all going according to plan because the Robotarium is a 725-square foot enclosure where robots roam at the whim of anyone from around the world who has the time and know-how to code some ...
- Georgia Tech Opens Robotics Lab to the World on August 23, 2017 at 6:24 am
The Robotarium held its grand opening on Tuesday in the Van Leer Building. Appropriately, a scissor-wielding robot (named Snips) cut the ribbon. Later, a researcher from the University of Illinois at ...
- Want to experiment controlling a swarm of robots? Georgia Tech is here to help on August 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm
The Georgia Institute of Technology is setting out to right that wrong with next week’s opening of a brand new “Robotarium” lab — a 725-square-foot facility that provides all the tools researchers ...
- New Facility Enables Remote Users to Control Robot Swarms on August 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm
The Georgia Institute of Technology is opening the "Robotarium" this month to allow users from around the world to test out their code on a rotating pair of robot swarms. The 725-square-foot facility ...
- Robotarium: A Robotics Lab Accessible to All on August 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm
The rest of the world is now invited. This month Georgia Tech opens the Robotarium, a $2.5 million lab funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Office of Naval Research. The 725-square-foot ...
via Bing News