April 2nd, 2016

Robots: Hadrian Bricklaying Robot

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Mark Pivoc from FastBrick about Hadrian the bricklaying robot. Fastbrick is an Australian robotics firm aiming to disrupt the local bricklaying market with a machine it says will be able to build a four-bedroom house in two days, without any human interaction.

A builder or architect will supply a 3D model, which is then converted into machine code that uses proprietary software to calculate the location of every brick in the building. Laser-scanning technology surveys the foundation once a concrete slab has been laid, and then loads and lays bricks using a 28m articulated telescopic boom. Adhesive is pumped and applied to the brick via the robotic laying head, and a laser alignment system ensures an laying accuracy of within half a millimetre.

 

Mark Pivac
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Mark Pivac is the primary inventor of Fastbrick’s automated bricklaying technology. He is an aeronautical and mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience working on the development of high technology equipment ranging from lightweight aircraft to heavy off road equipment. Mark has 20 years’ experience of pro/engineer 3D CAD Software. He also has high level mathematical experience including matrix mathematics, robot transformations and vector mathematics for machine motion. In addition, he has extensive design, commissioning and fault finding experience on servo controlled motion systems achieving very high dynamic performance.

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March 19th, 2016

Robots: Satellite Assembly in Space

In this episode, Andrew Vaziri speaks with John Lymer, Chief Architect of Robotics and Automation at SSL. They highlight key programs in space robotics from the 1980s through to SSL’s current program to robotically assemble satellites in space.

John Lymer

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John Lymer is the Chief Architect of Robotics and Automation at SSL, a company known for its commercial communications satellites and spacecraft systems. He is an expert in automation solutions for space, terrestrial, and underwater operations, and has experience in a broad range of robotics missions including microsurgical and nuclear restoration systems.

Since joining SSL in 2013, John has been named Chief Architect for a NASA Tipping Point project called Dragonfly, which uses robotics for satellite assembly in space. He is also involved in NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

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March 6th, 2016

Robots: Agilic and PiBot

In this episode, Abate De Mey interviews Harry Gee, founder of the robotics startup, Agilic. Harry discusses his company and the robots he designed using the Raspberry Pi and Pi zero and PiBot. He then discusses the basics for creating a robotics start-up and provides advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Harry Gee
Harry profileHarry Gee has formal training in architecture and carpentry, and is a self-taught programmer, web designer, and roboticist. As technology continues to grow, there is an increased demand for tech-related knowledge in the younger generation. To accommodate this demand, Harry Gee focuses on developing educational robotic kits and workshops that empower young people with vital tech and hands-on skills. He believes robotics is an amazing playground for creative solutions to social and global challenges.

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February 20th, 2016

Robots: Automation and Employment

In this episode Andrew Vaziri speaks with Mike Osborne, Associate Professor in Machine Learning at the University of Oxford. They discuss how advancements in artificial intelligence may change the workforce, the economy and society and their study on the future of employment. Beyond the big headlines about automation and jobs, Mike discusses how the study was done, the emergence of new jobs, the need for improved education, and ideas for how we might reshape society to spread wealth that results from advances in technology.

Michael Osborne

osborne_photoMichael Osborne is the Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning, Official Fellow of Exeter College and Faculty Member of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance, all at the University of Oxford. He co-leads theMachine Learning Research Group, a sub-group of the Robotics Research Group in the Department of Engineering Science.

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February 6th, 2016

Robots: The Airbus Shopfloor Challenge

In this episode, Andrew Vaziri speaks with Curtis Carson, Head of Research and Technology in Industrial Strategy and Systems at Airbus. They speak about the Airbus Shopfloor Challenge to be held at ICRA 2016, and discuss the need for a new generation of industrial robots for aircraft manufacturing.

More information can be found on the competition website.

Curtis Carson

Curtis CarsonCurtis Carson is the Head of Research and Technology in the Industrial Strategy and Systems Centre of Competence at Airbus, a leading aircraft manufacturer headquartered in Toulouse, France. Holder of an engineering degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Canada, Curtis has extensive international experience in both the aerospace and automotive industries. Curtis’ current role includes developing new and innovative aircraft production processes through the application of emerging technologies. This role spans a host of technologies in the framework of the future factory, from augmented reality to collaborative robotics to digitalization to name a few examples.

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