The newest robots in our lab arrived today!
If you are coming here via the redirect from our old site, you may wish to update your bookmarks: we are now at http://aalab.cs.umanitoba.ca.
The autonomous agents lab has had a number of homes through its history.
We started out in incredibly cramped space on the fifth floor of Machray Hall (one office that was widened to two by removing a wall). As the number of students grew and the size of the projects we worked on demanded more floor space, we quickly outgrew this facility.
The department as a whole was cramped for space, and Physics kindly lent us space in a sub-basement whose previous incarnation was a control room for a cyclotron. This space became our satellite operation, which we affectionately referred to as the Dungeon. A number of generations of RoboCup teams were developed there.
With the construction of the new building, the lab found its current home, and we have a new space about equal to the combined older lab facilities. This is the facility we operate from today.
A Map showing the the location of the laboratory on campus is available.
As part of COMP 4060, our students just finished implementing a Mixed Reality Pac Man application using the mixed reality platform we have developed.
The robots are 2" infrared toy tanks, running on a 40" lcd and controlling the action of the game characters in the virtual world of Pac Man. Vision is provided by Ergo. Video of this and other mixed-reality applications are in the Comp 4060 video directory, a paper on this approach is in the publications section for 2007, and previous papers describe Ergo. Ergo is also downloadable from this website.