Cool IJCNN Stuff from Alaska

From May 14 to 18, the 30th International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2017) was held in Anchorage, AK, USA. Continuing the long tradition, the conference is organized by the International Neural Network Society (INNS), in cooperation with the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS). This year, there were 621 papers accepted out of 933 […]

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Mixtures of Lightweight Deep Convolutional Neural Networks: Application in Agricultural Robotics

Recently, there is a surge in popularity for making the training process of deep learning simpler and more accurate, because it is the vital requirement for researchers aiming to convert research results into industrial applications, like robots. In this paper, the authors gave a very innovative way of learning lightweight models, which will help achieve […]

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Why AlphaGo is not AI

Abstract “There is no AI without robotics,” argued the author, Jean-Christophe Baillie, founder and president of Novaquark. In this article, he addresses what AI is, and why AlphaGo is not AI. Photo 1: AlphaGo. What is AI and What is not AI? There is no doubt that AlphaGo, the Go-playing artificial intelligence designed by Google […]

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Robots Enjoy Strongest First Quarter on Record in U.S. and Canada

Robotic Industries Association: North American robotics companies posted the strongest ever first-quarter results, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. Both robot orders and shipments achieved record levels. An all-time high total of 9,773 robots valued at approximately $516 million were ordered from North American robotics companies during the first quarter […]

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Where could machines replace humans?

This is the primary question shaping much of the public debate and discourse around the development of autonomous systems technologies, robots being the most visible and eye catching example – occasionally quite scary when you see them being used, e.g., as carriers of weapons and bombs. As a roboticist who is often deeply ensconced in the technical […]

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Yet Another Autonomous Fender Bender

So, the Google car has now been in an accident that was clearly its fault. For those who have not yet heard about this, see, e.g., http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/google-car-may-actually-have-helped-cause-an-accident. Now, it is unfair to criticise the car on its numerical record – it has clearly covered enormous ground with no serious faults so far. Kudos!! However, the record […]

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Rule-bound robots and reckless humans

I found this article, and the associated discussions about what exactly is needed for a useful level of autonomy to be really interesting: http://nyti.ms/1LRy9MF. A point that immediately stands out is this: “Researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world […]

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