Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Another Visit in Vienna, November 2005

To celebrate the achievements in the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005, the Austrian company ARC Seibersdorf hosted a "Special Event" at their location in the Tech Gate Vienna and invited me to give a talk there on the events that led to the participation of ARC Seibersdorf in our Team SciAutonics.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The DARPA Grand Challenge 2005

The DARPA Grand Challenge is a competition of autonomous ground vehicles. A prize of $2 Million was awarded to the team who would build a vehicle that could drive through a given route through the desert - without any driver or any remote control. The first Grand Challenge had taken place in March 2004, and on October 8 the 2nd comptetition was organized.

Our team SciAutonics, managed by team leader John Porter, participated in 2005 for the second time with the vehicle RASCAL. The team improved the performance of RASCAL by a factor of more than 20: instead of 0.75 miles in 2004, the vehicle this year drove a stunning distance of 16 miles.

The winner of this competition was the team from Stanford University, under the leadership of Prof. Sebastian Thrun. Congratulations to their remarkable achievement!

SciAutonics, LLC, as a company will continue to work in the autonomous vehicle market.

Conference ISMAR 2005, Vienna

The ISMAR 2005 conference this year took place in Vienna, Austria, October 5-8.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Steam in Northern England

Here in North England is basically the birthplace of the industrial age. James Watt invented the steam engine, and George Stephenson built railways. Here is a lot of cultural heritage in this area, with many stream trains running on schedules during weekends.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A real steam train, between Pickering and Grosmont, running on one of the very first railroad routes designed by George Stephenson in 1831. Posted by Picasa

Steam train waiting in station. Posted by Picasa

Steam train goes through the North York Moor. Posted by Picasa

Ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. Posted by Picasa

Ruins of Fountain Abbey near Ripon. Posted by Picasa

Sutton Bank, the steep incline on the west side of the North York Moors area. On the plateau on the left, there is an aiport located. Posted by Picasa

Robin Hood Bay. Posted by Picasa

The entrance to the Whitby harbor. Posted by Picasa

The spooky ruins of the Whitby Abbey. Posted by Picasa

View over the bay near Whitby, with old cemetary in the front. Posted by Picasa

Steep steps up to the Whitby Abbey, where Bram Stoker set a part of his novel "Dracula". Posted by Picasa

Entrance into the Whitby harbor, with the ruins of the Whitby Abbey on top of the hill. Posted by Picasa

The harbor town of Whitby. Posted by Picasa

Landscape in the North York Moors National Park. Posted by Picasa

Entrance to the beach at Withernsea. Posted by Picasa

The thin peninsula "Spurn Head" which separates the Humber Bay (left) from the North Sea (right). The viewing direction is towards North. Posted by Picasa

Humber Bay near Hull. Posted by Picasa

A pub at the shore in Hull. Posted by Picasa

Kirkstall Abbey, one of the many abbeys in ruins here in this area, as a consequence of Henry VIII's closure of the monestaries in the 16th century. Posted by Picasa

There are many Victorian buildings in Leeds. Posted by Picasa

Leeds Civic Center. The Leeds Metropolitan University campus is behind this building (not visible) Posted by Picasa

Leeds Town Hall in the city center. Posted by Picasa

Leeds Metropolitan University: Civic Quarter, near the city center. This is where my office is located.  Posted by Picasa