Prof. Kelly will be giving an invited talk at the University of Zagreb on robust, low-cost SLAM systems for assistive applications. Hope to see you in Croatia! Our related paper is available on our Publications page.
Welcome to our new STARS Laboratory M.A.Sc. students!
Olivier Lamarre has joined us from McGill University to work on projects related to planetary rovers navigation and scientific exploration. Emmett Wise hails from Queen’s University, and will be exploring an exciting project involving vehicle localization using ground-penetrating radar!
We’re excited to have the new team members!
Our laboratory received a Connaught New Researcher Award (at the maximum funding level) for the proposal entitled “Seeing the Light: Advancing Visual Sensing for Robust and Reliable Robot Navigation and Manipulation.”
The award will assist in our efforts to use vision data for navigation and manipulation in very challenging environments, under large lighting and appearance changes.
We’re happy to welcome new students for summer 2017: Filip Marić has joined us as an exchange student from the University of Zagreb, working on mobile manipulation as part of his MSc project, Yilun Wu from UofT Engineering Science will be conducting some exciting UAV research, and Luke Volpatti, also from Engineering Science, will extend our calibration tools. Looking forward to a great summer!
Congratulations to Valentin and Lee, whose paper, “Reducing Drift in Visual Odometry by Inferring Sun Direction using a Bayesian Convolutional Neural Network”, was accepted to ICRA 2017 in Singapore! Hope to see you there for the presentation!
Jonathan and Lee traveled to Japan this week for the 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER) in Tokyo, where Lee presented his paper, “Improving Stereo Visual Odometry Using Visual Illumination Estimation”, to an enthusiastic crowd of robotics researchers from around the world. We had some great conversations over Japanese beer and fresh sushi, and took in the sights and sounds of Tokyo, narrowly avoiding a typhoon in the process. The next ISER is in Buenos Aires in 2018 — see you there!
A big welcome to four new Master’s students (Brandon, Oliver, Jordan, Trevor), and five new undergraduate thesis students (Christine, Johnny, Jennifer, Jason and Willie) who have joined STARS lab this September! Head over to our updated people page for bios and research blurbs.
Congratulations to Jacob Lambert (along with his co-authors Lee Clement, Matthew Giamou, and Jonathan) for winning the Best Student Paper at the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems in Baded-Baden, Germany!
Lee Clement was also awarded a travel award to the 2016 International Symposium of Experimental Robotics in Tokyo, Japan where he is presenting a paper on improving visual odometry through sun detection. Congrats Lee and Jacob!
This weekend we drove over to the lovely University of Michigan campus to attend the workshops at RSS 2016. During the daytime, we listened to several heated exchanges about the future of hyper-parametric function approximation (i.e. Deep Learning) in robotics. During the night, we spent some time arguing over the best local Michigan brews. A great time all-around!
We visited MDA in Brampton, Ontario today for the 2016 Space Vision and Advanced Robotics Workshop. Jacob presented his work on entropy-based extrinsic sensor calibration, while Valentin talked about first responder localization using foot-mounted IMUs. We took home Second Prize (space pens!) in MDA’s Best Demo competition!