National Robotics Week
Since 1885, Georgia Tech has been an institution that helps shape the future and improves society. When it comes to robotics, we have set ourselves apart in a league of our own. In state-of-the-art facilities across campus, engineers, researchers, and even students are knocking it out of the park when it comes to creating robotic devices and systems that solve the world’s problems. Last November, Georgia Tech launched the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), whose goal is to bring together all of the robotics heavy hitters on campus.
Georgia Tech has created new robotics technologies for a wide variety of critical applications, including manufacturing, health care, defense, and service. These robots are working alongside soldiers and first responders, operating in America’s largest industries, and even assisting people with disabilities.
During National Robotics Week, April 5-13, we’re covering all the bases to show you some of the most amazing robotics projects in our dugout. We’re introducing you to the IRIM home team, the all-star lineup of robots and robotic devices that are going to bat this year. Visit the IRIM website to check out the full set of robotics trading cards, as well as last year’s all star team.
Georgia Tech's 2014 Starting Line-Up:
ASTROS is coached by Professor Pangiotis Tsiotras in the Dynamics and Control Systems Lab, part of Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Engineering program. ASTROS stands for Autonomous Spacecraft Testing for Robotics Operations in Space. Fitting name, right?
Piper Cub is part of the lineup from the Georgia Tech Research Institute Robotics Group. These unmanned aerial vehicles fly together on missions to complete tasks and have been tested at Fort Benning, Ga.
Deceptionbot is a crafty member of the lineup. It uses algorithms to recognize when deceptive maneuvers might be necessary. It plays a mean game of hide-and-seek, according to its coaches, Professor Ron Arkin and graduate student Alan Wagner from the Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Lab.
ROV BETA MK III is a traveling player, and has been to Hawaii to survey underwater volcanoes and swim with dolphins. The remote-controlled robot, coached by Associate Professor Fumin Zhang of the Lab for Autonomous Mobile Networks, can retrieve samples and manipulate pipes or hatches under water.
GTMAX is coached by Associate Professor Eric Johnson from the Georgia Tech Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Facility. Able to take off and land on its own, this veteran player has taken part in more that 1,000 research flights since 2001.
Robot Drummer is a prime time player from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. This robotic device is a prosthetic for Jason Barnes, a drummer who lost part of his right arm. The device not only allows him to play again, but has another drumstick that plays along with him. Check out this video: Robot Drummer in action.
Google Glass, an MVP in this lineup, is coached by Professor Thad Starner, a pioneer of wearable computing. Director of the Contextual Computing Group, Starner is a technical lead for Google Glass – and has been wearing a computer on his head for 20 years.
Google Glass is a tiny computer on an earpiece with a camera and voice interface. Glass is the future of human-machine interaction.