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Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanke, German Federal Minister of Education and Research visited the University of Costa Rica. During her visit, Dr. Geovanni Martinez, IPCV-LAB coordinator,  had the opportunity to explain the latest results obtained through research projects in the area of vision-based navigation systems for autonomous planetary robots, specifically the results obtained by testing the intensity-difference based monocular visual odometry algorithm in a real robot platform in outdoor sunlit conditions. This later algorithm was recently debeloped at the IPCV-LAB for robot positioning using a single video camera.

Informatic Center representatives of the University of Costa Rica visited the IPCV-LAB. The visit was to learn personally about the research projects, which are being carried out by the IPCV-LAB for vision-based navigation of autonomous planetary robots. In addition, the IPCV-LAB received an invitation to participate in the UCR Technology Fair that they are organizing.

During the week of robotics organized by the ARCOS-LAB, Dr. Geovanni Martinez, IPCV-LAB coordinator, had the opportunity to give the following three talks: 1) Intensity-Difference Based Monocular Visual Odometry for Planetary Rovers (on January 25th, from 2 pm to 3 pm), 2) Vision-Based Teleoperation of Robotic Arms (on January 25th, from 3 pm to 4 pm) and 3) Vision-Based Autonomous Navigation for Planetary Rovers (on January 26th, from 1 pm to 2 pm). This later talk included a demonstration of the autonomous capabilities of the Seekur Jr. rover, which was recently acquired for testing the vison-based autonomous navigation systems, which are being developed at the IPCV-LAB.  

Ana Maria Romero, Investment Promotion Manager, Paula Bogantes, Advanced Manufacturing Sector Manager, Karin Lachner, Director of Marketing, Mariana Bustamante, Life Sciences Sector Investment Promotion Executive, and Diana Salazar, Senior Aftercare Executive, of the Costa Rican Invesment Promotion Agency (CINDE) visited the IPCV-LAB. Dr. Geovanni Martinez gave them a talk about the IPCV-LAB's research projects and showed them the two robots (Husky A200 and Seekur Jr.) used for validation of the computer vision algorithm, which are being developed in the IPCV-LAB for visual-based autonomous navigation of mobile robots, particularly for planetary robots.

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.

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