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OutReach - 14 November 2019 - ECOVACS ROBOTICS presented a paper on its
3D Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) in service robotics technology at
the IROS 2019 conference. In this paper, researchers at the AI Institute
(Nanjing, China) of ECOVACS ROBOTICS detailed their research results on an
application of semi-supervised learning algorithms based on deep learning for 3D
SLAM in the company's household service robots. The paper is also the industry's
first research publication relevant to this technology.
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ECOVACS ROBOTICS was also the only company at IROS invited to
share its AI research and cutting-edge technology with universities and
research institutions including: the University of Maryland, the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, and the University of Surrey in a "Thought Leadership"
series of documentaries produced by IROS TV.
The 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent
Robots and Systems (IROS 2019) is the flagship international conference in
robotics and intelligent systems, which was held in Macau from November 4 to 8.
The conference is co-sponsored by the IEEE, the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society (RAS), the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), and other prestigious
Currently, 2D based VSLAM and LDS SLAM are the two most
common indoor mapping and navigation technologies and ECOVACS ROBOTICS is the
only home service robotics company providing robots with both VSLAM
(visual-based navigation) and LDS SLAM (laser-based navigation) technologies.
However, traditional VSLAM technology can be time consuming since it relies on
online optimization to provide iterative solutions and localization. Thus, deep
learning has been introduced to replace online optimization with the more
efficient offline training. After the training, the robot uses the deep network
for localization and relatively shortens the time needed for optimization. But
most of the deep learning requires supervised learning with vast amounts of
labelled data. The semi-supervised learning technology proposed by ECOVACS
ROBOTICS therefore solves this problem to a certain extent. The company's SLAM application
can improve localization accuracy in a complex environment, enhance the
performance of robots, boosts the value for users, and truly frees your hands.
The AI Institute (Nanjing), ECOVACS ROBOTICS, was established
in July 2018 with a focus on conducting cutting-edge AI research and
development, to enable the company to develop innovative new intelligent
robotic solutions. In 2019, a R&D team of nearly 30 people set up by the
institute successfully completed the initial construction of a high-performance
GPU computing platform, distributed storage platform and mobile robot
experimental platform. The team also carried out a series of researches on 3D
visual perception, tactile perception, behavior recognition, and human-computer
interaction to pave the way for ECOVACS ROBOTICS' next generation of robots.
According to ECOVACS ROBOTICS' 2019 Mid-Year Financial
Report, in mainland China, the company's robotic vacuum cleaners accounted for
as much as 48% of total market share. ECOVACS ROBOTICS led the industry in the
China market in growing retail sales. The company's core competitive advantage lies
in its continuous, aggressive investment in R&D. ECOVACS ROBOTICS is
committed to developing machine vision in new sensor modules, software
algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies. At the same time, the
company is developing cutting edge technology that will take robotic vacuum cleaners
to the next level -- as a technology platform that is more fine-tuned,
data-intensive, diversified, and enabling breakthroughs in interaction,
intelligence and interconnection.
About ECOVACS ROBOTICS
Innovating Since Day One - Creating the Intelligent Home.
At ECOVACS ROBOTICS, we care about innovating solutions to
enhance your lifestyle. Based on a deep understanding of use cases and consumer
experiences, we design robots that help you to "live smart, enjoy life".
With over 20 years of design and industry-leading research,
we lead the market as homes become more intelligent and responsive. We are creating
a world where your home asks less of your attention, becomes more seamless and
powerful, and frees you to spend more time doing what you love.