Day of visual computing Jury Price
Yesterday the day of visual computing took place at our Campus in Koblenz and yay we won the first Jury Price! We feel really honored about this.
All students that did projects in their spare time, during courses or as their thesis presented their projects. People that graduated in visual computing and companies travel to the university and meet old friends. Companies are watering mouths of the students in presenting their companies in a way that students may want to directly abort their studies and be with them. In fact it is a big come together that comes along with a lot of cool projects and companies.
We will use this now to recap the last year. A lot happened! Viktor left his position at the university after leading the project for 5 years and gave it to Raphael. A great team of students took place in tournaments of the European Robotics League four times, 2on the RoboCup German Open and crafted two more robots namely Grimey (who died after one episode) and Maggie that is happily stacking cubes. Sometimes we stayed in the lab till 4 a.m. and even worked through the weekends. But in the end it was worth it. Now we are in the end phase of our preparations for the WorldCup in Japan later this month.
From the functionality side there was also a lot that changed. Deep neural networks are approaching, we are now using them for face detection, gender estimation, pose estimation of a person in order to estimate a gesture. We fine tune the last layer of image net pre-trained networks for image classification and integrated it into our object recognition and detection. We also re-identify persons with them.
We made big advantages in sound source localization and started cooping with other teams around the world and presented an novel approach for teaching the robot new commands by natural language and developed approaches for more natural hand overs, that are applicable for humans as well as for robots.
On the other side we developed an omnidirectional platform using mechanum wheels that that has been used in reanimating an old version of Lisa and later gave birth to Maggie.
Now we feel motivated for the RoboCup WorldCup preparation. We will departure here on the 21th of July to Nagoya in Japan where the World Championship takes place starting from the 25th. Stay tuned.