30 June

Today I visited Wolfram Burgard's lab in Freiburg Germany. There are numerous interesting projects going on there, including work on range estimation from video and range data, and modeling of robot kinematics using Gaussian processes (the latter was the subject of a recent paper at RSS). They also have several interesting implementation projects running, including an automated blimp, and automated helicopter, and several types of vehicles.

I also gave a talk there whose primary focus was our own underwater and amphibious robotics work at McGill. Unfortunately, the display system would not recognize my older Powerbook, and as a result the 1-hour talk started a half -hour late. This was a new experience for me. This got me totally stressed out and led to a very uncomfortable talk for me. That said, the visit was very pleasant, interesting and enriching.

Students doing a demo of a robot for exploring and building

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Re: Wolfram Burgard's lab in Freiburg

What? A Mac failed the plug and play test?!

I had a similar experience with Vista at IROS 06 and had to reboot before I could start, and then lost a video mid-stream. Luckily, I had enough of the talk in my head that I could start without the slides. Otherwise, that 15 min IROS slot would have been a disaster.

It can be harrowing, but that's all part of the fun. ;-)

Posted by: Rob at June 30,2008 19:59
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