The Adventures of Robi the Robot 2019

In 2019, I continued to use Robi the Robot to demonstrate to young audiences some of the science behind robot audition and artificial intelligence. Robi is essentially a Microsoft Kinect mounted on a Turtlebot. It looks like this:

With the help of team LARSEN, I developed on it a sound source localisation demo using the 4 microphones of the Kinect, making Robi spin towards sounds in its environment. After presenting it at the Serbia Science Festival 2018, I took it to different classes and events in 2019:

  • 5 different classes from 5th grade (CM2) to 12th grade (Terminal) in different primary schools, collèges and lycée of the Nancy area in January. This emerged from a partnership with the theatre La Manufacture around the theatre play Robots.
  • The Nuit des Chercheurs of Belgrade (Serbia).
  • 4 different school classes in different cities of Serbia (Novi-Sad, Zrenjanin, Belgrade).
  • The Fête de la Sciences 2019 of Nancy (October 11th and 12th).
  • The special edition of Nuit des Chercheurs in Nancy celebrating the 80th anniversary of CNRS.

Here are some pictures of my adventures with Robi:

Signal Processing Cup 2019

I had the pleasure and honour to initiate and coordinate the IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2019 on the theme « Search & Rescue with Drone-Embedded Sound Source Localization ». The SPCup is an international competition aiming at promoting real world applications of signal processing amongst undergraduate students . It took place from November the 14th 2018 to May the 13th 2019.

The three finalist teams of the SPCup 2019 at ICASSP, Brighton, UK.

The goal was for participating teams to build a system capable of localizing a sound source based on audio recordings made with a microphone array embedded in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The first phase of the competition was open to teams of undergraduate students and ended on March the 11th 2019, while the final took place at ICASSP (Birghton, UK) on May the 13th 2019 between the three finalist teams. The data used in both phases was based on the DREGON dataset which we recently released.

The data of the competition, including the ground truth, evaluation scripts and baseline, are now publicly available on the DREGON website.

In addition, the website now hosts UAV-embedded recordings of drone egonoise that the participants sent. Annotated noise-only recordings from 11 different drones using microphone arrays of 1 to 16 channels are freely available there. Go check them out!

Serbia Science Festival 2018

From November 29th to December 1st, I had the great joy and honor to introduce a young audience to some of the science behind robots, artificial intelligence and sounds at the 12th edition of Serbia Science Festival (Festival Nauke). I gave four lectures each in front of 450 people, most of them pupils between 5 and 15 years old. The slides of the presentation can be found here.