07 Apr

I just installed Ubuntu on one of the lab computers. The Kinect detector now works on Linux and can detect depth information.

05 Apr

The Robot Compiler (RoCo) is a robot design tool to help the general population design and fabricate their own robots. This graphic explains the current abstraction model for representing and combining components.RoCo is modular and hierarchical, allowing designers to compose robots by adding sub...

19 Mar

As work on RoCo progresses it became clear that not all robots would necessarily have to be autonomous and that we would need to find a way to add user input in the design process. One of the previous versions of the paperbot had a html page loaded in the microcontroller, which would accessible from...

19 Mar

This week I spent a lot of time fixing stability bugs with the ORCAS system and gathering data with the reinforcement learning system. With a learning system, stability is extremely important as learning can takes days or even weeks which means that any small issue can completely bring down the whol...

12 Mar

For last week, I created flexible joint for furniture design to expand the design space. This flexible joint can allow two faces join togrther with certain angle while the finger joint only works well for 90 degree. But currently, our system has limited choices for one furniture design, which means...

12 Mar

This week the ORCAS team finished the communication layer between Gazebo and the reinforcement learning algorithm. With this, we were able to start training robots. We created a parameterized four legged robot and starting training a dense neural network (DNN) controller for it. VideoIn this sim...

12 Mar

This week, the ORCAS team set finished setting up our learning environment and began running the first tests. To do this, we first needed to create a parameterized robot design that we could use in our simulations. Our initial plan was to use a two wheeled robot as the robot for which we would opt...

05 Mar

In order to get a live ground truth reading of the location of an agent we need to utilize sensors. We chose to use OpenCV to detect the color of the robot. So fatr the results have been good with just a solid color however the model struggles to identify a multicolored robot. It was thought that mu...

05 Mar

This week, me and Prathyush worked on implementing the algorithms we discussed in our blog posts from last week (here and here). So far we have our baseline algorithm from previous research implemented and are in the process of implementing our proposed algorithm. The two main components of the...

05 Mar

For the last two weeks, I summarized the work of Mechanical logic and finished the draft of paper for upcoming ISER. The model for mechanical logic is needed and is the main focus for the following several weeks. I will build a model to help to predict the behavior of mechanical logic and guide the...