Our robot dog is inspired by the robot "Marvin" in the legendary novel " The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. We connected a robot dog (Sony AIBO) through our software to computer systems all over the world, enabling the dog to perform computations on these computer systems in parallel. To demonstrate this indeed works, we distributed a simple task of object recognition over these computer systems, such that the AIBO could use the overwhelming compute power available at its "nose-tip", for example to determine which of his favourite toys is in front of him...
Here is our promotional video "Color-Based Object Recognition by a Grid-Connected Robot Dog". Enjoy! Don't forget the sound; our Aibo dog is talking, and there is music as well.
Most visionary research award at AAAI 2007: Jan-Mark Geusebroek and Frank J. Seinstra, Color-Based Object Recognition by a Grid Connected Robot Dog, AAAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Vancouver, Canada, July 2007.
Short movie showing our robot dog walking around, and recognizing the objects it has learned. Don't forget to tune up the audio volume...
Short movie showing about 50 out of the hundreds of objects that our robot dog has learned.
F. J. Seinstra and J. M. Geusebroek. Color-based object recognition by a grid-connected robot dog. CVPR Video Proceedings, 2006.
F. J. Seinstra and J. M. Geusebroek. Color-based object recognition by a Grid-connected robot dog. European Conference on Computer Vision, 2006.
J. M. Geusebroek and F. J. Seinstra. Object recognition by a robot dog connected to a wide-area grid system. International Conference on Mutimedia & Expo (ICME 2005). IEEE, 2005.