Featured Research

HCRI aims to leverage the increase in space and staff resources put in place at the end of the prior fiscal year to significantly increase robotic research opportunities.

HCRI aims to facilitate collaboration among Brown researchers by providing access to robots, robotic research and building spaces and specialized network access. Using seed grants, awards and hackathons, it hopes to inspire new research which can be leveraged for the development of proposals and corporate partnerships. Longer term, HCRI looks to develop opportunities for corporate partnerships and the commercialization and licensing of robotic research performed at Brown.

Million Object Challenge

Screenshot_2016-06-14_14.25.22.pngMost robots can’t pick up most objects most of the time. Tellex aim to change that by using a fleet of Baxter robots to construct a corpus of manipulation experiences for one million real-world objects. Existing collections consist of photos taken by a human photographer and may contain many examples of objects, but typically only a single view of each individual object. To bridge this gap, Tellex is building software for an industrial robot, the Baxter, to automatically collect a database of object models.

Researcher: 

Stefanie Tellex

Highlights of results:

Largest deployment of Baxter robots on a single research challenge, with up to 300 participants. Featured on NPR.

Future plans:

Release of data and new software to the participant cohort. Patent and Licensing Exploration

Making Telepresence More Human

telepresent01Telepresence robots have a reputation for being impersonal. Most have a small screen that embodies the presenter as a “talking head” incapable of full human gesture and interaction. Some people go so far as to dress Telepresence robots to hide their frames. This prototype explores what happens if you extend the robot’s screen size to almost the size of a full human. How does the interaction with the robot change?

Researcher:

Ian Gonsher

Highlights of results:

Full Mobile Prototype, Projection Version Prototype

Future plans:

Projection Capabilities, Autonomous Aided Navigation,  Human Robot Interaction Testing, Patent and Licensing Exploration