Dr. Paul Newman
BP Professor of Information Engineering and Director Oxford Robotics Institute
University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science
One Map To Rule Them All?
Abstract: Knowing where you are forever, irrespective of weather and lighting remains an intriguing challenge for vision based robotics systems. Without doubt such system is invaluable for long term autonomy which is valuable to us. In this talk I’ll describe an ongoing thread of work to produce metric and large scale visual localisers that area) data efficient b) robust to really quite extraordinary scene change. Our goal is to have a minimal visual impression of every place and always, whatever the weather, whatever the time of day, be able to localise relative to it metrically (and then drive relative to it). This challenge beyond goes far beyond an obvious substantive systems deployment and development, it is a big data problem that needs us to address problems of spatial representation, visual encoding, loop closing, temporal adaptation, robust registration and lighting and seasonal invariance.
Biography: Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford. He is Director of the Oxford Robotics Institute within the Department of Engineering Science. The ORI enjoys a world-leading reputation in mobile autonomy – developing machines which roll, walk, poke, swim and fly in the real world. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. In 2014, he founded Oxbotica – a spinout company focused on Robotics and Autonomous Systems. He was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IEEE with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.
(photo by John Cairns)
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