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unless based upon promotional blurb extracted from the websites linked
herein. This is by no means an exhaustive nor definitive list, and no particular
recommendation nor assurance of solvency or utility is to be inferred from a
Academic & Research
Imaging and Robotic Perception
- Carnagie Mellon's Robotics
- See their excellent and advanced
- See also the Automatic 3D
Modelling from Range Images project.
Tech's Robotics Research Projects.
- Naval Center for Applied
Research in Artificial Intelligence.
- Analogic Corporation. Computed
Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, NMRI), Ultrasound and
other digital imaging. Also, they do analog-digital conversion, data
telephony, and test-and-measurement.
- Ball Aerospace
& Technologies Corp has some nice imaging systems, primarily for use
Technologies FF1 Framegrabber is a powerful which has an onboard
processor for very rapid capture and analysis of video frames. In
combination with their Massively-Parallel SIMD
Processor which can put the power of a supercomputer in your desktop PC,
this company is well on the way towards capturing the cutting edge of
- CyberWare makes
a product line of 3D laser-scanning digitizers, including a whole-body
- DCS Corporation makes
laser-surface mapping equipment and software, robotic hand cameras and other
- DENEB Robotics,
Inc., " is today a world leader in 3D graphics-based
factory simulation, telerobotic, and virtual reality software. Its products
are known for their patented user-friendly menus, comprehensive application
functionality including built-in libraries and automatic processing of
common operations, and an open architecture for applications involving
remote control of automated devices interfacing with external databases or
integration of multiple system components. " Deneb makes an
awesome line of Simulation
and Robotic Programming Software as well.
- JPL Multimission Image
Processing System. Scientific imaging, and not only visual imaging, they
also develop technologies for interpretation of non-visual formats. Take a
look at some of their software packages!
Impulse Radar (MIR). Micropower Impulse Radar, which uses extremely low
power modulated RF as an imaging system that can even look through walls,
will probably emerge as one of the primary sensing mechanisms for mobile
- Picker International Computed
Tomography. Picker's product line includes excellent imaging equipment,
and their spiral computed tomography can probably be adapted very easily to
the needs of robotic perception of volumes.
- Quadrant Engineering, Inc.
Microwave and millimeter radar imaging systems and applications. They should
really get together with the Micropower Impulse Radar folks cited above.
See also The Graphics and Imaging Page.
Motion Control and Manipulators
Comprehension, Cognition, Decision Analysis
Electronic Sensors and Systems Division is the proud manufacturer of the
robots (telefactors, actually) used to retrieve and disarm bombs.
- Philips Electronics.
Intelligence Research Group, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
There are, I must add, evidently quite a few very smart people working at
this University. (Contrast this with any American university, where all of
the 'smart people' seem to interested exclusively in cornering the markets.)
- Computer Integrated Knowledge
Systems, National Institutes of Standards
- Datops. This French company has
some extremely interesting products. Here's some blurb:
- " DATOPS is a rapidly growing software developer
addressing the need for a new way to make time-sensitive business decisions.
Recently funded by two venture capitalists in France and USA, Datops'
InfoWarningTM technology is becoming the pioneering leader in Knowledge
Management Decision Support and Information Mining markets.
The InfoWarningTM technology is the foundation for Datops' application,
PERICLES, which researches, analyses and netcasts user relevant information.
PERICLES delivers a revolutionary analysis and trend tracking capability
that redefines decision-making at all organizational levels. It filters the
overwhelming volume of information available to only the relevant, key
- IRIT - Institut Recherche en
Informatique de Toulouse. This French research institute specializes in
cognitive systems and artificial intelligence, as well as more-mundane
programming and systems development activities.
(Knowledge-Based Assistant for Troubleshooting Industrial Equipment).
This is not artificial-intelligence per-se but is rather an expert
system. It comes fairly close to AI, though, in that it can learn new
procedures from experienced personnel, rather than having to be programmed
- Numerical Analysis and Computing
Science at the Royal Institute of
Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
Resources, from the University of Massachusetts.
- SeaSpace. A commercial concern involved with remote sensing
and data interpretation, service and support of satellite imaging systems.
- Semio Corporation. Lexical
processing with semiotic analysis. Basically, these guys have a product
that can read the news for you, and possibly "understand" it.
- University of Wisconsin's
LIDAR Group. (Laser Interferometry Direction and Ranging).
- Go to the Computing MetaIndex.
- Go to the Science & Medicine MetaIndex.
- Go to the Business MetaIndex.
- Visit the Earth Operations Central District Office.
- Go back to the main EarthOps Homepage.