报告时间：2017-6-19 9:00-11:00 、6-21 9:00-11：20
Professor Sonya Coleman is a Professor in the ISRC, the Cognitive Robotics team leader. She has a first class honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Computing, and a doctorate from the University of Ulster. She has 150+ publications in image processing, pattern recognition, computational intelligence and robotics. She has substantial experience of managing research grants (with respect to technical aspects and personnel) both as a principal and co-investigator on research grants funded by EPSRC, The Leverhulme Trust and the Nuffield Foundation. Additionally, she was co-investigator on the EU FP7 funded project RUBICON, the FP7 project VISUALISE and is currently co-investigator in the FP7 SLANDIAL project. She is also secretary of the Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society.
Prof Coleman will present an overview of the research in the ISRC with focus on two specific funded projects, RUBICON and SLANDAIL. The RUBICON (Robotic UBIquitous COgnitive Network) project aimed to create a self-sustaining, self-organizing, learning and goal-oriented robotic ecology, where a robotic ecology is defined as a network of heterogeneous computational nodes interfaced with sensors, effectors and mobile robot devices. Ulster’s role in the project was the development of a cognitive reasoning and decision making system. Another EU project that Ulster were involved in is Project Slandail which aims to build and test a prototype system managing disaster emergencies by fusing information available in different modalities in social media with due regard to ethical and factual data provenance. Ulster’s role in this project was real time image and video analysis of social media data.
The Cognitive Robotics Laboratory in at Ulster is one of the most advanced in Europe, possessing a 100m2 powered floor, Vicon motion tracking systems, a wide range of robots (Pioneer, Scitos, Peoplebot, Khephera, Koala, Robotino, as well as two 7DoF Schunk Powercube manipulators). Ulster has a Shadow Robotics robot hand and a PR2, both of which have BioTAC tactile sensors mounted to the fingers/grippers and Ulster also have a manipulation laboratory containing 3 manipulator arms suitable for collaborative robotics. The Vicon tracking system will also be invaluable for collecting 3D hand pose data. There is also a range of image capture devices: including Kinect, Bumblebee, DVS temporal event camera, Unibrain Firewire.