The robot in the photo is MyzharBot, a tracked autonomous robot powered by ROS.
MyzharBot is a project that I started many years ago to continue to work on robotics after I left the University Research Community to start to work in industry. Now MyzharBot has reached its fourth version… and is still in evolving.
What I want to do with MyzharBot is to continue to study algorithms of autonomous navigation mainly based on Computer Vision, the research field that I love the most together with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
The robot is powered by the powerful Nvidia Jetson TX1 that allows to analyze in real time the information coming from the Stereolabs ZED stereo vision sensor.
The motors are controlled by small motor control board uNav developed by Officine Robotiche, an Italian non-profit association that aims to promote robotics, of which I am one of the founders.
The previous version, MyzharBot v3 was one of the first robots to use an Nvidia Jetson board (TK1) documenting this on the web, so Nvidia decided to add me to the “Jetson Champ” group and invited me to GTC 2015 conference and to GTC 2016 conference, to demonstrate the use of their boards in their booth during the exposition time slot.
What I think is that MyzharBot is nothing compared to the amazing robots developed by the major research centers in the world, but I’m really proud of my work since I cannot dedicate my whole time on it, but only a few hours during the week ends (and a lot of nights!!!) and despite of this it works and it is a huge hit every time it is exposed publicly.
For the fast evolution of the robot during the last few years I must thank Mauro Soligo, Raffaello Bonghi and all the members of Officine Robotiche that collaborated on Electronics, Mechanics and Software developing… a big thank you also to the Nvidia Embedded group that supported me with their amazing boards and their constant presence in the last 18 months.
More information on the project are available on its website: http://myzharbot.robot-home.it
PS I’m Walter Lucetti, an old computer engineer born in the far 1977