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AMiner recognized Sebastian Scherer as an AI 2000 Most Influential Scholar Nominee in Robotics, being in the top fifty of the one hundred nominated.

“The list is conferred in recognition of outstanding technical achievements with lasting contribution and impact. Inclusion is determined solely based on the Tsinghua AMiner academic data, which indexes more than 133 million expert profiles and 270 million publications,” explains the AMiner website. “Our annual lists are automatically generated and determined by computer algorithms deployed in the AMiner system that tracks and ranks scholars based on citation counts collected by top-venue publications”

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Our drone filming research was named as a best paper finalist in IROS 2019 Workshop on “Challenges in Vision-based Drone Navigation.”

Here is the abstract from the paper:

Aerial cinematography is revolutionizing industries that require live and dynamic camera viewpoints such as entertainment, sports, and security. However, safely piloting a drone while filming a moving target in the presence of obstacles is immensely taxing, often requiring multiple expert human operators. Hence, there is demand for an autonomous cinematographer that can reason about both geometry and scene context in real-time. …

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Congratulations to Team Explorer (CMU + OSU SubT Team) for winning the tunnel circuit of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. In this circuit, each team needed to deploy robots to autonomously map and search in tunnel systems that “can extend many kilometers in length with constrained passages, vertical shafts and multiple levels.” Our team outscored 10 other teams, winning first place as well as the “Most Accurate Artifact” award.

Coming up, Team Explorer will compete in two more preliminary circuits (Urban and Cave), with the final integrated challenge held in August 2021. You can keep up to date on the teams progress through their Facebook page and team website.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella featured our SubT work at Microsoft Ignite 2019

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Our SubT work has been featured in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote at the annual Microsoft Ignite event. Microsoft is a partner of our award-winning DARPA Subterranean Challenge team Explorer.

See talk here (from 35:57).

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Seven papers from the Air Lab were accepted to the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). This year IROS was held in Macau, China.

The seven publications are as follows:

  • Improving Learning-based Ego-motion Estimation with Homomorphism-based Losses and Drift Correction
    Xiangwei Wang, Daniel Maturana, Shichao Yang, Wenshan Wang, Qijun Chen, Sebastian Scherer
  • Can a Robot Become a Movie Director? Learning Artistic Principles for Aerial Cinematography
    Mirko Gschwindt, EFE CAMCI, Rogerio Bonatti, Wenshan Wang, Erdal Kayacan, Sebastian Scherer
  • Towards a Robust Aerial Cinematography Platform: Localizing and Tracking Moving Targets in Unstructured Environments
    Rogerio Bonatti, Cherie Ho, Wenshan Wang, Sanjiban Choudhury, Sebastian…


Brady Moon

PhD student in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University

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