International Conference on Robotics & Automation 2007
ICRA is the biggest of the robotics conferences, drawing the largest number of submitted papers and participants. If I remember correctly, they received 1800 paper submissions and had almost 2000 participants.
This was a work related trip as I was presenting my groups research on the Design of a Biomimetic Controlled-Curvature Robotic Pectoral Fin.
As we all know, Bill says that robotics software is like PC software of 20 years ago and all it needs is Microsoft to bring it all together. Various people came up to discuss this and I think the conference panel generally decided that robotics matches closer to the electronics industry, where everything is very much cost driven so its better to have an OS that's built for the application and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
This was a cute coffee-making robot that wandered around . . . but like most robots being shown to the public there was an 'incident' where it autonomously rammed into a flyer stand . . .
There were several more robots that wandered around, although the one by Mobile Robotics apparently can see invisible people . . .
A quad rotor demo'd at ICRA by a participant:
And another robot:
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