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U of M licenses technology to monitor crop nitrogen to ag-tech firm Sentera

Feb. 27, 2018

Sentera, a Minneapolis-based supplier of technology solutions to the agriculture industry, has signed an agreement to bring University of Minnesota-developed corn nitrogen deficiency technology to the market...
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$10M in private support will fund new robotics labs

June 21, 2017

Work will begin this winter on renovating the first two floors of Shepherd Laboratories building for robotics research, thanks to $10M in private support.
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Lab Featured in RCJudge

May 11, 2017

Dr. Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, is the director of the Center for Distributed Robotics in Minnesota. He along with several others work on specialized robots which can adapt to their surroundings
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SUAV:Q featured in New Scientist

February 24, 2017

A shape-shifting drone takes off like a helicopter and transforms into a plane in mid-air to fly all day on solar power. The drone is designed to provide affordable aerial surveys for farmers, so they can see where to irrigate and use fertiliser and herbicide only where needed.
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Lab Director Awarded McKnight Professorship

August 22, 2016

Department of Computer Science and Engineering Professor Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos has been awarded the prestigious McKnight Presidential Professorship by University President Eric Kaler. The professorship is among the highest honors for faculty at the University.
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Taking the Explorer as inspiration for its base design the Microvision comes equipped with a laser scanner, an improved camera, RGB-D sensor, and a more powerful processing unit. The increase in computing power explains the size differences, as the Microvision robot is equipped with a PICO-ITX miniboard that can process data far faster than the Explorer's Gumstix



Further Description

Computer vision algorithms can be performed on-board this robot in real-time. Robotic applications are readily developed using the Robot Operating System and commercially available hardware making the Microvision a robust research platform.


Length: 290 mm
Width: 240 mm
Height: 210 mm
Sensors: Digital Camera
Wheel Encoders
Hokuyo URG-04LX
Asus Xtion PRO LIVE
PICO-ITX miniboard
Intel Atom N2800 dual core processor
2 GB of RAM


William J. Beksi and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Point Cloud Culling for Robot Vision Tasks Under Communication Constraints" Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014.

Duc Fehr, William J. Beksi, Dimitris Zermas and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Occlusion Alleviation through Motion Using a Mobile Robot" Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014.

Pratap Tokekar, Vineet Bhatawadekar, Duc Fehr, and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Experiments in Object Reconstruction Using a Robot-mounted Laser Range-finder" 17th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, MED'09.

Duc Fehr and Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos, "Using a Laser Range Finder Mounted on a MicroVision Robot to Estimate Environmental Parameters" SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing International Society for Optics and Photonics, 2009.