Deep and Reinforcement Learning Summer Schools 2017

Canadian machine learning researchers have already declared publicly their desire to make Canada’s Montreal a hub of innovation for machine learning methods. One can easily argue that this is already the case considering the large number of well known researchers leading the machine learning field from Montreal’s universities in close collaboration with researchers in Toronto… Read More »

Harvard’s soft exoskeleton

It was 2009-2010 when exoskeletons exited science fiction and entered the mainstream as several companies and research labs revealed their state-of-the-art designs (see Rex Bionics, Lockheed Martin, and Honda’s exoskeletons). These wearable robots that assist a person to walk promise improved mobility for many people in need such as the handicapped and the elderly. Exoskeletons… Read More »

AI weekly news roundup (Jan 8-14, 2017)

The second week of January is now behind us, so here is a brief look at some AI related stories as we are heading into the second half of the new year’s first month. Microsoft acquired Canadian deep learning startup Maluuba partly in order to get deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio onboard. Professor Bengio has… Read More »

Book review: Deep Learning by Goodfellow, Bengio and Courville

The big success story this past year (several decades in the making, though) was deep learning, a machine learning method that has allowed researchers and practitioners to tackle with success some of the hardest problems in AI. Only problem is that for newcomers to the field no canonical reference for deep learning exists. Until now,… Read More »

Anki’s Cozmo robot is the best robot of 2016

If you haven’t heard of the tiny, adorable, smart, programmable, robot Cozmo then you have missed out on the best robot of 2016 and, possibly, the best entertainment robot ever build! Yes, we are not exaggerating when we say it is the best. We have one here, and it’s the best thing we’ve spent a… Read More »

Relay: A delivery robot for the hospitality industry

Delivery robots are not a new concept and several systems have been in operation in past decades. For example, delivery robots have been used in hospital environments to deliver medicine. In fact, delivery was on the first imagined practical applications for mobile robots. However, in the early days of robotics, the delivery robots were slow,… Read More »

Overexposed photos be gone, say MIT researchers!

Overexposed photographs may soon become a thing of the passed with a new invention out of MIT. The proposed modulo camera overcomes the problem of limited bit resolution of modern light sensors to produce High Dynamic Range (HDR) images with little hassle on the photographer’s side. As you can see in the example at the… Read More »

Google Project Wing delivery drones

After all the excitement that Amazon was working on unmanned drones for package delivery (and many people doubting to what degree such a delivery system is even realistic for many reasons other than technological barriers), Google released information on Project Wing aiming at developing a similar drone delivery system. Project Wing is another of the… Read More »

Google Project Tango mobile phone

After acquiring just about any robotics company worth something, Google research have now revealed one of their internal projects that aims to create a mobile phone that has all the necessary hardware and software to create beautiful 3D models of indoor environments. Project Tango is the first prototype of a highly customized smart phone with… Read More »