Author Archives: Awesome-o

Distill: An online visual machine learning journal

This past week, a number of heavy hitters in the machine learning community launched the first online, interactive and peer reviewed machine learning journal with a focus on publishing original research and expository papers with an emphasis on clear explanations of the core ideas. The new journal is called Distill. The steering committee consists of… Read More »

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 »

Artificial Intelligence vs Machine Learning vs Deep Learning: What does it all mean?

For more than a decade, hundreds of millions of people on planet Earth have, unbeknownst to them, interacted on a daily basis with the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) ever created. The AI I am referring to is none other than the Google search engine. Surprised? Google’s online search engine actually meets the definition of… 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 »