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How do you get a robot to recognise a surprise?

How do you get a robot to recognise a surprise?
  How do you get a robot to recognise a surprise? That's a question Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers are pondering, especially as AI begins to change space research. A new article in the journal Science: Robotics offers an overview of how AI has been used to make discoveries on space missions.
13th July 2017

Miniaturising computer chips of drones

Miniaturising computer chips of drones
  In recent years, engineers have worked to shrink drone technology, building flying prototypes that are the size of a bumblebee and loaded with even tinier sensors and cameras. Thus far, they have managed to miniaturise almost every part of a drone, except for the brains of the entire operation — the computer chip.
13th July 2017

Kontron selected for small form factor rugged mission computers

Kontron selected for small form factor rugged mission computers
  Provider of Embedded Computing Technology (ECT), Kontron, has announced it has been selected by Safran Electronics & Defense to supply COBALT mission computers for the Patroller Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
11th July 2017


Drone can deliver parcels and save lives

Drone can deliver parcels and save lives
The CargoCopters are unmanned aircrafts that can lift off by themselves, cover fifty-kilometre distances, and reach speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour. Aeronautical and robotics engineer Bart Theys from the Department of Mechanical Engineering came up with the idea for this new type of drone about five years ago and based it on two existing models. “The most commonly used drones are multicopters,” says Theys.
23rd June 2017

Course will teach how to fly drones and collect data

Course will teach how to fly drones and collect data
This summer, the University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering added a new way for students to navigate the skies: a course on drones. The first of its kind at UW–Madison, the class will teach students how to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, and the practical applications of the technology, said Chris Johnson, instructor of the new course.
13th June 2017

Drones can safely stay in the air for five days

Drones can safely stay in the air for five days
A team of MIT engineers has come up with a much less expensive UAV design that can hover for longer durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a UAV resembling a thin glider with a 24-foot wingspan. The vehicle can carry 10 to 20 pounds of communications equipment while flying at an altitude of 15,000 feet.
7th June 2017

Algorithm quickly processes incoming visual data

Algorithm quickly processes incoming visual data
There’s a limit to how fast autonomous vehicles can fly while safely avoiding obstacles. That’s because the cameras used on today’s drones can only process images so fast, frame by individual frame. Beyond roughly 30 miles per hour, a drone is likely to crash simply because its cameras can’t keep up. Recently, researchers in Zurich invented a new type of camera, known as the DVS, that continuously visualises a scene in terms of changes in brightness, at extremely short, microsecond intervals.
26th May 2017

Safety ‘bubbles’ allow swarming robots to fly in formation

Safety ‘bubbles’ allow swarming robots to fly in formation
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a team of free-flying robots that obeys the two rules of the air: don’t collide or undercut each other. They’ve also built autonomous blimps that recognise hand gestures and detect faces. Both projects will be presented at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) May 29 – June 3 in Singapore.
17th May 2017

Data recorder small enough for onboard drones

Data recorder small enough for onboard drones
It can be a challenging job collecting UAV flight data, especially with typical data recorders and sensors that add sizeable mass and volume. DTS ultra-small SLICE MICRO and NANO data recorders are rugged and designed to embed directly in the test article - even small drones.
3rd May 2017

Autonomous aerial vehicles test dogfighting skills

Autonomous aerial vehicles test dogfighting skills
  Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter in this form of aerial combat.
24th April 2017


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DSEI 2017
12th September 2017
United Kingdom ExCeL, London