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On Monday December 7, 2015, took place the day of open doors of the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Costa Rica. During this day many people visited the Image Processing and Computer Vision Research Laboratory (IPCV-LAB) to learn about the latest results of the conducted research and also to see the Seekur Jr. robot, which was recently acquired by the IPCV-LAB to test computer vision algorithms, such as visual odometry algorithms, for autonomous robotics. 

The Rector of the University of Costa Rica, Dr. Hening Jensen, visited the IPCV-LAB. Dr. Geovanni Martinez gave him a talk about the IPCV-LAB's research projects and also showed him the new rover Seekur Jr. that was recently acquired by the IPCV-LAB for testing visual odometry algorithms in any weather and terrain. The rover will also be used to test other computer vision algorithms, which are being developed also in the IPCV-LAB for visual-based autonomous navigation of mobile robots.

The Image Processing and Computer Vision Research Laboratory (IPCV-LAB) acquiered a Seekur Jr. robot from Mobile Robots Incorporated. It will be used for validation of computer vision algoirthms for autonomous robots, including the monocular visual odometry algorithm recently developed in the IPCV-LAB. Seekur Jr is an all-terrain four wheel skid-steer robot for laboratory experimentation or outdoor operation in any weather. 

Dr. Geovanni Martinez will give a talk entitled "Algorithm to Extract the Shortest Linear Edge and the Longest Diagonal of Single Isolated Human Insulin Crystals  for In-Situ Microscopy” at the 12th International Conference on Electrical Engineering, Computing Science and Automatic Control (CCE 2015), Mexico City, Mexico, October 27-31, 2015.  

The Image Processing and Computer Vision Research Lab (IPCV-LAB) of the University of Costa Rica introduced a new logo that emphasizes the application of its research efforts to robot vision.

A new 3D digital image stabilization algorithm for planetary rovers has been developed at the IPCV-LAB. The testing phase of the algorithm started today. For testing, the real rover platform Clearpath Robotics Husky A200 is being used.

A new frame, as well as a MicroStrain 3DM-GX4-25 IMU and two Point Grey Bumblebee2 stereo cameras have arrived for the Clearpath Robotics Husky A200. The rover is being used for validation of a monocular vial odometry that has been developed at the IPCV-LAB. In the photo, Dr. Geovanni Martinez shows the rover with the new frame and accesories.

Seniors of the Anglo American School visited the IPCV-LAB. Dr. Geovanni Martinez gave them a talk about the research projects that are being conducted for planetary rovers in the IPCV-LAB, particularly about the visual odometry algorithm which has been recently  validated using the real rover platform Husky A200.

All research labs of the School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Costa Rica, including the IPCV-LAB, openned their doors, to show their latest research results. In this occasion, the Dr. Geovanni Martnez talked about the resutls of the experimental validation of the  monocular visual odometry algorithm, which was developed at the IPCV-LAB and tested outdoors in a real robot platform Clearpath Robotics Husky A200. The Rector of the University of Costa Rica, Dr. Henning Jensen, visited also la IPCV-LAB. 

Dr. Geovanni Martinez contributed with a chapter entitled "Intensity-Difference Based Monocular Visual Odometry for Planetary Rovers” to the book “New Development on Robot Vision” published by Springer Verlag, 2014.

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