Announcing my self-reconfiguring modular robotics podcast

I am proud and excited to announce my new podcast focusing on self-reconfiguring modular robotics!

I am doing the podcast together with IT conversations and the conversations network. I would like to thank Phil, Paul, Joel and everybody at IT conversations for this opportunity and all their work and help.

The first nine episodes were recorded at IEEEs ICRA 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. I am very grateful for IEEEs and ICRAs help and assistance and would like to express my personal thanks to everybody that helped me, Milos Zefran, Rafael Fierro, Jim Ostrowski, Wesley Snyder and Rosalyn Graham Snyder, I could not have don it without your help.

The first nine episodes were recorded at IEEEs ICRA 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.
I am very grateful for IEEEs and ICRAs help and assistance and would like to express my personal thanks to everybody that helped me, Milos Zefran, Rafael Fierro, Jim Ostrowski, Wesley Snyder and Rosalyn Graham Snyder, I could not have don it without your help.

Kasper Stoy

Kasper Stoy

The podcast mainly consists of interviews with the leading researchers and thinkers in the field. The researchers speak about the many of problems and challenges, how they tackle them and what progress they are making. There is also discussion about the changes SRCMR will bring, and which of the many issues the world is facing to day it can help to address, like environmental ones for instance. There are also reports from events and news related to SRCMR.

As this is the first episode of the Flexible Elements podcast it aims to introduce the SRCMR area in general and define the research problems that the series will look into futher.

The episode covers all the major challenges, from module and connector hardware to power and communications network, reconfiguring algorithms and design and programming of solutions, and this is, an many other things, naturally what the rest of the series will cover more in detail. I am very grateful that prof Kasper Stoy graciously helped me with this first episode, I think his help gave the series the best possible start, and I hope to become a better host and interviewer as time goes by!

Don’t forget to drop me a note if you have anything interesting to share or a suggestion for future interviews!

Flexible Elements with Per Sjoborg – this is the first episode with Kasper Stoy

Show Notes:

– Kasper Stoy http://www.mmmi.sdu.dk/~kaspers
– Kasper the Head of Modular Robotics Research Laboratory at
University of sothern Denmark http://modular.mmmi.sdu.dk/
– Kasper’s book, which is a great introduction to the area, and can be
recommended to anybody, is called “Self-Reconfigurable Robots An
Introduction”. It was co-written with  David Brandt and David J.
Christensen and you can find it here:
http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12151
– This is a great video of  the mtran system converting from legged
locomotion to a snake style when it detects it can not climbe the
incline using legs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae2GdtetpCE
– This is a great video of  the mtran system converting from wheel
configuration to legs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNXfEexE7Ps
– Another great video that shows how a change in morphology can expand
the possibilities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6W-sEpJEqY
– Toshio Fukuda, the modern founder of the area:
http://www.mein.nagoya-u.ac.jp/staff/fukuda-e.html
– Cellular robotics and micro robotic systems By Toshio Fukuda,
Tsuyoshi Ueyama http://books.google.com/books?
id=xiUNAwG31F4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Toshio+Fukuda+celular+robotics&source=bl&ots=ItlPJhDVf_&sig=nmH6Ygv2Vdk4V21u2Jj51btNKqM&hl=en&ei=yX8STKyoHN2gONW44eAH&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
– Mark Yim http://ai.stanford.edu/users/mark/
– Polybot http://www2.parc.com/spl/projects/modrobots/polybot/polybot.html
– CKbot http://modlab.seas.upenn.edu/research.html
– CKbot in several Wheeled gates with diferent number of units
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj546C9LR_o
– Wei Min Shen http://www.isi.edu/~shen/
– The latest research from MRL USD http://modular.mmmi.sdu.dk/wiki/Locomorph
– Video for the locokit project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syt4UEcCMXY
– One of the European research efforts in the robotics field that MRL
is involved in is called locomorph http://locomorph.eu/
– This is a good example of a connector SINGO: A Single-End-Operative
and Genderless Connector for Self-Reconfiguration, Self-Assembly and
Self-Healing by Wei-Min Shen, Robert Kovac, and Michael Rubenstein
– Towards A Parallel Wireless Radio Communication Architecture for
Modular Robots Victor Kuo and Robert Fitch
http://www.cas.edu.au/download.php/Kuo2009ACRAParallelWireless.pdf?id=2162
– Search for A Parallel Wireless Radio Communication Architecture for
Modular Robots by Victor Kuo and Robert Fitch in Modular Robots: State
of the Art at http://modular.mmmi.sdu.dk/icra10workshop/papers/modular-robots-icra2010-workshop.pdf
– The paper that showed us that the rearranging problem is realy hard,
infact it NP hard (http://bit.ly/bgwuh5) “On the Complexity of Optimal
Reconfiuration Planning for Modular Reconfigurable Robots” Hou, Feili,
W.-M. Shen ICRA 2010
http://www.isi.edu/robots/prl/hou2010complexity-optimal-reconfiguration-planning.pdf
– Feili Hou’s work on the complexity of the reconfiguring problem and
also on a paralell algorithm for the problem
http://www-scf.usc.edu/~fhou/
– Moving Holes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa3f7mBAeX8
– Meta modules are a logic concept that simplifies motion planning by
grouping a number basic units in to a group that is addresed as one.
– A New Meta-Module for Controlling Large Sheets of ATRON Modules
http://modular.mmmi.sdu.dk/w/upload/c/cf/Brand-iros07.pdf
– Self-reconfigurable M-TRAN structures and walker generation
http://www.mrt.dis.titech.ac.jp/publication/publicationPdf/2006/j03.pdf
-Thor this paper gives an introduction to the Thor robot: Genderless
Connection Mechanism for Modular Robots Introducing Torque
Transmission Between Modules by Andreas Lyder, Ricardo Franco Mendoza
Garcia, and Kasper Stoy search for it in Modular Robots: State of the
Art at http://modular.mmmi.sdu.dk/icra10workshop/papers/modular-robots-icra2010-workshop.pdf
The ICRA Robot challange http://icra.wustl.edu/?q=2010Contingency

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