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Skoltech robotics team developed new interface for interaction between man and drone

LightAir-05-300x177Skoltech scientists led by Skoltech professor, head of Robotics Lab in Skoltech Space Center Dzmitry Tsetserukou have developed new interface for interaction between man and drone. Their project is called LightAir – a new system of Tangible Communication with drone quadcopter by feet gestures. The key feature is projecting a touchpad on any arbitrary surface and thereby make it interactive.

Scientists demonstrated their technology on a quadcopter that takes off, then hovers at a certain point, and projects the interface on the floor. A person can interact with the quadcopter by clicking on the elements of the interface with taps and swipes familiar to smartphone users.

Mikhail Matrosov, one of the developers, speaks about the applications of this technology: “After cargo delivery by drone, you have to confirm it by a sign. You can do it by smartphone but it seems more logic to do it directly in the drone interface. But in this case drone needs to land and it can be dangerous for both drone and human. It is easier to steal it from the ground than from the air. With our technology you can sign it directly on the ground by foot. Another application – in the airport: for example, you try to find your gate. You can ask the security, usually it works, but some airports are extremely huge. For example, London Heathrow is so big, so it has its own train inside. Orientation inside is very difficult. A drone can help you. With our technology you can ask a drone to conduct you to the gate and he will fly ahead of you, projecting an arrow pointing the way and all other useful information.

LightAir is a revolutionary project – a radically new concept of interaction between man and a drone. Until now, the only way of interaction was broadcasting commands by radio using a controller. The Skoltech team developed a new interactive way to interact with a visual channel and 3D-sensors that scan the space in front drone and recognize human gestures. To apply a command, one should only “click” with his foot on the image projected by the drone on any solid surface, whether horizontal or vertical.

Results of this research are published ACM Digital Library. LightAir team was awarded with the prestigious Laval Virtual Award at the most important global forum of computer technologies – SIGGRAPH 2016 (Los-Angeles) and was invited to participate in the Laval Virtual forum next year. This forum, which is annually held in France, is the largest European forum of computer graphics and interactive technologies.

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Belarusian startup tour

IMG_20160407_094627In the past several years Belarus has earned the reputation of the leading “IT country” in the Eastern European region. The latest success of the Belarusian IT entrepreneurship is MSQRD, the popular face swapping app that was just recently bought by Facebook. Therefor it’s no surprise that the Russian StartUp Tour is crossing the border ever since it began.

On a sunny spring day in Minsk, hundreds of students, researchers and entrepreneurs gathered at the Belarusian State University of Agricultural Technology to attend the different lectures, seminars, mentoring sessions, and of course to network and make connections.

IMG_20160407_115814One of the first speakers was Skoltech professor Dzmitry Tsetserukou, who’s actually a native Belarusian. Prof. Tsetserukou presented Skoltech to the audience that filled the big hall, and told them about the cooperation with MIT, the labs and the stipends for the talented lucky ones who will get to Skoltech. After that Tsetserukou focused on his big love and expertise – robots. He started with the global perspective of the field, and in Russia and Belorussia’s rank in that industry. Then he moved on to the latest innovations in robotics, with particular emphasis on its use in agriculture (after all, it is an agricultural university and besides, agriculture is one of the main themes of the tour this year). Eventually he presented some of the robotic projects done in Skoltech. During his presentation, Tsetserukou was engaging the audience with questions and high energy. Afterwards he was surrounded by students and colleague professors, who wanted further information.

IMG_20160407_120309After the event we asked Prof. Tsetserukou to tell us the secret of his energized presentation. “First of all it’s my home town”, He replied and smiled, “but even more than that, I like my work, I like what I do and I’m highly motivated to make historical achievements. To be a part of this innovation is a great opportunity for me. Another motivation of mine is to make an excellent environment for my students, so the students grow up in an international level laboratory. I saw my students work as a team, encountering problems and solving them together. They were so excited that they couldn’t sleep before project demonstration. The robotics lab is like a home for the students. They are very motivated that sometimes they don’t go home, but stay to sleep in the lab. When you love what you do, you will most likely be successful in your future career in the technology innovation”.

IMG_20160407_125905To sum up we asked Prof. Tsetserukou how he would describe the desired students for Skoltech. “We are looking for motivation and skills. We would like to find the golden standard for Skoltech students to choose the best ones, to make them leaders in technology innovation. We need more such leaders in both Russia and Belarus, so we will have more success stories like MSQRD who will contribute the technology development in our own countries”.


So if you think you have the skills and feel the motivation burning in you, we invite you to come to the Open Doors event on April 23rd, or directly apply to Skoltech.

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