Reservoir Lab wins prestigious competition in image recognition

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:30

On March 17th the team of Reservoir Lab at Ghent University won the National Data Science Bowl competition on Kaggle. Out of the 1049 teams they succeeded in winning the 100 000 dollar prize. The purpose of this competition was to automatically classify images of plankton. Their technique will now be used by the Hatfield Marine Science Center to follow the change in marine life and to map climate change.


More details on their winning solution can be found here...


Oncilla's first steps outside

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 15:17

Last week our lab organized a meeting together with prominent robotics labs from Europe. All project partners were here to discuss the progress of the AMARSi project: one of the largest European projects on robot locomotion.

In the week before the meeting, our lab members worked hard on the following demonstration of Oncilla's first steps outside:

AMARSi review meeting group picture


Finals SUMO robot competition

Thu, 04/25/2013 - 17:29

Fifty teams are competing with their autonomous robots in the finals of the yearly UGent robot competition. This year's theme is SUMO: in one-against-one fights two autonomous robots have to push their opponent out of a ring.

The competition is organized by members of this lab in collaboration with Dwengo, a non-profit organisation that stimulates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among youngsters. Participants, students with various backgrounds, are challenged to build an autonomous robot.

Friends, family members and supporters are all welcome to enjoy the spectacle on Tuesday, April 30th at 19h00 in "het Technicum" (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41). More information (and movies from previous editions) on the website of the IEEE student branch.


Sumo robots!

Researchers from Ghent get Google RISE award

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 17:11

Yesterday, 15th Feb., Google announced that Dwengo vzw will be Google RISE partner during 2013. In this way Google stimulates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

In 2009 six researchers from the Electronics and Information Systems department (Ghent University) founded Dwengo, a non profit organisation, as an extension to the successful robot competitions that they organised at the university. Their goal: promote electronics and programming to teenagers.

Years later, and in collaboration with Argentinean researchers from the National University of Salta, a bilateral project was started such that socially and economically disadvantages teenagers in Argentina can get access to all the necessary knowledge and tools to build robots. With the support of Google, the impact of this initiative can be greatly amplified such that even more teenagers can access this programme.

"Thanks to this RISE award, together with Dr. Juan Pablo Carbajal, I will be able to go to Argentina and organise robot workshops for students and teachers. We will guide them with their first steps in making robots.", said by Francis wyffels MSc, "Consequently, Argentinian students will be able to organise their own robot competitions!"