1. Robotics 101
This webcast will explore the diverse landscape of robotics, focusing on unmanned vehicle applications in academia and industry and the challenges faced. Learn about how the next generation of embedded technologies, using graphical system design, is helping roboticists design, prototype and deploy sophisticated robotic architectures. We will also look at the ubiquitous world of robotics, including a wide variety of applications such as unmanned vehicles, industrial robots and hobbyist/service robots.
2. Sense, Think, Act for Unmanned Robotic System
Most mobile robots, including unmanned robotic systems and autonomous vehicles, can be characterized by three tasks – sensing the environment around them; making a decision based on a predefined task and the environment it senses; and finally acting, to perform the predefined task by adapting to its environment. Learn how graphical system design tools like NI LabVIEW and CompactRIO help roboticists design sophisticated robotic architectures by seamlessly integrating sensors like Velodyne LIDAR sensors and a variety of actuators with cutting-edge algorithms.
Shelley Gretlein, Real-Time and Embedded Senior Group Manager, National Instruments
Bruce Hall, President, Velodyne
3. Robotics and Academic Research
Dr. Jeannie Falcon will be walking you through some of the most advanced, useful and exciting robotics research in top academic institutions around the world today. From medical assist research to bridge inspection systems to underwater crawlers and much more. Her coverage will include innovations from Virginia Tech from Professors Wick and Hong, Berkeley from Professor Tomizuka and Dr. Anwar, Professor Craig from RPI, Professor Book at Georgia Tech, UT at Austin and Professor Crawford, Professor Paul Oh from Drexle, Professor Asada’s work at MIT, Dr. Omerdic from the University of Limerick, and many more.
4. The Future of Robotics
The final webcast in this series will address the biggest challenge: roboticists need powerful software to design their autonomous systems – software that is not unique to a particular robot or task, is open to incorporate existing algorithms, and is powerful enough to solve problems we do not even understand today.
The NI R&D and product development groups are working hard to address these challenges and provide an intuitive, I/O-integrated, open, flexible, and interactive software environment for building autonomous systems. NI has a talented team with decades of software design expertise working to design a version of LabVIEW to address these needs. This webcast will review the many areas that LabVIEW can deliver solutions to your needs through its ability “to deal with webs of sensors, multiple actuators, and complex dynamic control algorithms that can be easily implemented in real time.” The design team at NI is working to create new functionality including the integration of robot-specific sensors and actuators, obstacle avoidance, and search and kinematics algorithms, as well as new visualization capabilities. A doctorate in robotics might not be needed to build robots. You should be able to benefit from powerful design tools and develop sophisticated robots with elegant simplicity.