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NeBula: Quest for Robotic Autonomy in Challenging Environments; TEAM CoSTAR at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge [article]

Ali Agha, Kyohei Otsu, Benjamin Morrell, David D. Fan, Rohan Thakker, Angel Santamaria-Navarro, Sung-Kyun Kim, Amanda Bouman, Xianmei Lei, Jeffrey Edlund, Muhammad Fadhil Ginting, Kamak Ebadi (+60 others)
2021 arXiv   pre-print
We discuss various components of the NeBula framework, including: (i) geometric and semantic environment mapping; (ii) a multi-modal positioning system; (iii) traversability analysis and local planning  ...  We discuss the performance of NeBula on several robot types (e.g. wheeled, legged, flying), in various environments.  ...  We would like to thank the rest of Team CoSTAR, our collaborators, and advisors for their support, fruitful discussions and their contributions to the project.  ... 
arXiv:2103.11470v4 fatcat:rq2wgczzl5clphzgujjdbd3ywm

The Museum of Pure Form: touching real statues in an immersive virtual museum [article]

C. Loscos, F. Tecchia, A. Frisoli, M. Carrozzino, H. Ritter Widenfeld, D. Swapp, M. Bergamasco
2004 VAST: International Symposium on Virtual Reality  
In the Museum of Pure Form, we explore a novel way of presenting art to visitors of a museum, allowing them to virtually touch artefacts in a virtual museum.  ...  We have tested such an installation in a CAVE-like system. The results show that the users are in favour of using a haptic device in this context.  ...  The aim of these projects is to include, in a virtual museum, collection paintings, sculpture, archaeological objects and sites as well as architectural and historic building elements.  ... 
doi:10.2312/vast/vast04/271-279 fatcat:i6uyqbor5fendi4i5dfj6stm3a

Cloud-watching robots

Susan Ballard
2014 Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies  
Can a robot waste a day away watching clouds? Aesthetics as a means to approach the world is a form of control until recently limited to humans.  ...  Finally, I suggest that Bagnall's works do not just demonstrate machinic vision but prefigure a move in contemporary art from the stable aesthetic object to the unstable and impure real-time process of  ...  the centre of a self-contained aesthetic universe.  ... 
doi:10.1177/1354856514531399 fatcat:zjjcpgrg2rbdnd7u3pdhjdyfhe

An affective mobile robot educator with a full-time job

Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Judith Bobenage, Sebastien Grange, Ron Lutz, Roland Meyer, Alvaro Soto
1999 Artificial Intelligence  
Sage is a robot that has been installed at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a full-time autonomous member of the staff.  ...  Its goal is to provide educational content to museum visitors in order to augment their museum experience. This paper discusses all aspects of the related research and development.  ...  Jay Apt and Red Whittaker are the original authors of the idea to install a robot exhibit in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Hall.  ... 
doi:10.1016/s0004-3702(99)00027-2 fatcat:rdqd46fr4jfx5fg6j7obgl6b74

Dimentions of Contemporary Postmodern Pilgrimage as Glocal Religious Cultural Heritage

Liana Galabova, BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria
2020 Cultural and Historical Heritage: Preservation, Representation, Digitalization  
subjective to generally valid, acknowledged, and human in religious culture and everyday life.  ...  Transmission of traditional values and rituals, as well as actualisation of cultural practices basic for religions, confessions,and communities would be impossible without sacral topoi as a focus of tourist  ...  Materialist views on religious part of historical cultural heritage should not be disregarded along remodernisation, because they could positively value in resocialisational perspective a number of useful  ... 
doi:10.26615/issn.2367-8038.2020_1_007 fatcat:bk3ehfmwkfg5ldnzgkqoi2nzou

The Perception and Content of Cast Shadows: An Interdisciplinary Review

Hannah M. Dee, Paulo E. Santos
2011 Spatial Cognition and Computation  
qualities, sometimes to the detriment of other cues.  ...  Recently, psychologists have turned their attention to the study of cast shadows and demonstrated that the human perceptual system values information from shadows very highly in the perception of spatial  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank Roberto Casati, Ronald Rensink and an anonymous reviewer for their invaluable comments on an earlier version of this paper.  ... 
doi:10.1080/13875868.2011.565396 fatcat:ttz3fbd5fnehpe6aldwlmpqqym

Moving Ahead With Human-Machine Communication

Leopoldina Fortunati, Autumn Edwards
2021 Human-Machine Communication  
In this essay, we introduce the 10 articles comprising Volume 2 (2021) of Human-Machine Communication, each of which is innovative and offers a substantial contribution to the field of human-machine communication  ...  Whereas CASA's "old brains engage new media" formulation leads naturally to a focus on mindless versus mindful attribution processes, these hermeneutic and semiotic interpretations of robots/media as narrative  ...  From the analog virtual realities of cave paintings and human sculpture to language, to the digitally-rendered mind spaces and anthropomorphized artifacts of current technology, the ability to create and  ... 
doi:10.30658/hmc.2.1 fatcat:uqgiroaaovhvpeuznwzkwc2jva

No Cognition Without Communication

Jacques Coulardeau
2018 Journal of Psychology Research  
Long before birth, a child is bombarded with physiological and verbal communication to which he/she cannot respond verbally.  ...  This leads to a cognitive procedure: Bertrand Russel for the first three steps and Lev Vygotsky (Jean Piaget) for the last three steps.  ...  These symbols or signs can be dated back to 40,000 or 35,000 years BCE. They exist in Europe but also in many other cases of pre-Ice-Age cave paintings or rock face paintings.  ... 
doi:10.17265/2159-5542/2018.09.003 fatcat:hxybcpwswjbcfk5mitmhbhk5ni

Enactive Robot Vision

Mototaka Suzuki, Dario Floreano
2008 Adaptive Behavior  
in sensitive regions of the vision system that allow them to accomplish their goals. i ii In a second set of experiments, I will show that active vision can be exploited by the robot to perform anticipatory  ...  Finally, I will show that these robots replicate the performance deficiencies observed in experiments of motor deprivation with kitten when they are exposed to the same type of motor deprivations.  ...  Conclusion We carried out a set of robotic experiments to study the contribution of active body movement to the development of visual system in a mobile robot.  ... 
doi:10.1177/1059712308089183 fatcat:b2yjftrewnadpfwchfymglms6e

Enhancing Our Lives with Immersive Virtual Reality

Mel Slater, Maria V. Sanchez-Vives
2016 Frontiers in Robotics and AI  
Then, VR disappeared from public view and was rumored to be "dead. " In the intervening 25 years a huge amount of research has nevertheless been carried out across a vast range of applications -from medicine  ...  The purpose of this article is to survey a range of VR applications where there is some evidence for, or at least debate about, its utility, mainly based on publications in peer-reviewed journals.  ...  Some examples have been the coverage of unrest in Hong Kong 115 and a 360° VR experience of the paintings of the artist Gretchen Andrew on a self-guided interactive tour of a computer-generated recreation  ... 
doi:10.3389/frobt.2016.00074 fatcat:zvf3bovitnezxagd4iel4sqo3e

Drawing in the Digital Age: Observations and Implications for Education

Seymour Simmons
2019 Arts  
These events are contrasted to a recent decline in drawing instruction in pre-professional programs of art, architecture, and design as well as in pre-K12 art education due largely to the digital revolution  ...  et Robots; a conference at the Institut d'études avancées on Space-Time Geometries and Movement in the Brain and in the Arts; and, at the Drawing Lab, Cinéma d'Été.  ...  The robots consisted of mobile camera "eyes" linked via computers to mechanical "arms" holding pens that were then used to draw on sheets of paper.  ... 
doi:10.3390/arts8010033 fatcat:g7k4mg4hjbct7cfpboiaybgvke

Synaesthetic Without Sensitivity? The Body as a Technological Construction

Žarko Paić
2019 Philosophy Study  
The whole circuit within cybernetic self-development, self-turn around, and self-organization of technosphere is reduced to three key theoretical concepts and paradigms of contemporary research in the  ...  Unlike technique that belongs to the mechanical perception of nature as a machine of organic world reproduction, a technology that in the modern era enters the field of semi-automatic and automatic mode  ...  An attempt we really made to distinguish between the modes of a humanoid robot and virtual avatars might be a good step further in theoretical observation.  ... 
doi:10.17265/2159-5313/2019.06.004 fatcat:vkaczi7vbjakzbvrfvhpj24x6u


Radka Vaníčková
2018 3rd International Thematic Monograph - Thematic Proceedings: Modern Management Tools and Economy of Tourism Sector in Present Era  
The empirical generalization of knowledge which is described in the final part of the chapter helped to improve current state of provided services and products with the accent of creating innovative proposal  ...  The analytic part of the chapter is focused on defining tourism, product of tourism, historical monument objects and services marketing.  ...  This is a positive contribution not only to the balance of services but also to the positive balance of the current account balance.  ... 
doi:10.31410/tmt.2018.31 fatcat:vwrs44vrmbegdoatyelqtxvw4q

EG 2005 Tutorial on Mixed Realities in Inhabited Worlds [article]

Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Daniel Thalmann, Pascal Fua, Frederic Vexo, HyungSeok Kim
2005 Eurographics State of the Art Reports  
Outline of the tutorial 1.1 Concepts and State of the Art of mixed realities in inhabited worlds 1.1.1 Mixed Realities in inhabited worlds 1.1.2 Believability and Presence 1.2 Perception, Sensors and Immersive  ...  , an industrial project 1.3.4 Feeling presence in the treatment of social phobia 2.  ...  Acknowledgement Part of the work presented has been supported by the EU IST FP6 programme, in frame of the EU IST ENACTIVE ( project.  ... 
doi:10.2312/egt.20051050 fatcat:qlyopr6svbd3znv6afa64ehxcy

The Long Now: Public Studio edited by Emelie Chhangur and Philip Monk. Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada, 2018. 176 pp., illus. Paper. ISBN: 978-0921972754

Robert Maddox-Harle
2019 Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology  
It seems as if Gunkel uses the question of robot rights as a "backdoor" to discuss how we have been assigning/depriving rights historically-be it to humans, animals or robots.  ...  His phrasing often reminded me of the pre-Darwinian position that humans are exceptional because we are closer to God, although this clearly is not his argument.  ... 
doi:10.1162/leon_r_01846 fatcat:ay6vzuv2x5em7o6mer5zfixao4
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