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Grad. students win best demo award

Graduate students Bir Bikram Dey and Robert Codd-Downey supervised by Professor Michael Jenkin received Best Demo awards at the 2018 Space Vision and Advanced Robotics Workshop (SVAR) that was held at MDA this week.

Robert Codd-Downey’s project involves using light-based (LiFi) communication to talk to an underwater robot. This technology can be used to control an underwater robot either remotely or by a nearby diver. Bir Bikram Dey’s project involves the development of a spherical robot for the inspection of contaminated environments. Both projects were funded by the NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN). Robert Codd-Downey is also supported by the CFREF Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) project.

The SVAR workshops focus on computer vision and intelligent systems, visualization, advanced robot design and control, and exploration. The workshops bring together researchers, graduate students and their academic supervisors who collaborate with MDA. The workshop participants present objectives and results of their research projects, and meet other university researchers and MDA staff working in related fields. We are going to have presentations on current programs and R&D projects at MDA, a tour of MDA laboratories, and meetings with MDA staff and management. The workshops have been held at MDA since 2001.