Robotics

We currently have 4 robotic platforms which interact with our biological neural networks.

Virtual bot

For most of our research we embody our biological neural networks within a simulated robot environment. We use the activity of the neurons as motor control to the bot, and convert the bots sensors as electrical feedback stimulation to the neurons, essentially giveing them senses. We believe that this closed-loop feedback environment is essential for the networks to learn to operate within them.

Pioneer LX autonomous robot

The Pioneer LX autonomous robot is as fully functioning navigational robot often used in factories (such as the Tesla Gigafactory). Equipped with laser and sonar sensors, the robot can create 2D maps, plan routes within its map and avoid obstacles along the way. We are planning to have the robot run autonomously in Glassgården, Gamle-elektro, NTNU. The robot will live stream the neural activty through the LED box (see below) we are developing, and promote NTNU Cyborg and NTNU Biotechnology.

LED box

The LED box we are building provides a beautiful live visualization of the activity within the biological neural networks by communicating directly with the MEA. We also plan to incorporate buttons for live stimulation of the neurons which will allow us to visulize their response to stimulation. We may also visualize offline neural data recordings through our database. The LED box can be mounted on top off the Pioneer LX robot, and also functions as a standalone module for use in presentations, conferences and workshops. Prototype video demonstration here.

Pepper

We recently recieved the newest member to our robot family: Pepper. We plan to connect Pepper to our neurons and thereby make Pepper a human-like Cyborg!

 

 

Participate

Projects and thesis

A number of students have conducted their specialization projects and master thesis with NTNU Cyborg. Contact us if you would like to too!

EiT

We have already hosted multiple EiT village projects. In the spring 2018, NTNU Cyborg will be hosting its own village: TTK4850.

See our list of possible student projects

 
PhD student Martinius Knudsen      
Coordinator robotics

Contact

Martinius Knudsen

Links

GitHub
NTNU Cyborg GitHub
MEAME - server side MEA interface
MEAME-DSP - MEA Digital Signal Processor

Box
Robot development folder (password required)
Public folder

MobileRobots (Pioneer LX)
Main
Software and wiki (password required)
Pioneer LX
Pioneer LX manual
(password required)
Adept MobileRobots GitHub

Robot operating system (ROS)
Main
Wiki  ("Getting started" and "Tutorials")
Core components

Robot headquarters

You will fint the Pioneer LX and LED box at:
G114, Gamle elektro, Gløshaugen, NTNU

The MEAs are located at:
Bevegelsessenteret, Øya, NTNU