NTR Lab Developed The Autonomous Table That Could

When learning something new you can study and discuss or you can study and do. NTR techies like to do.

Back in 2013 some of our developers were spending time after work at a colleague’s home. Idly kicking ideas around, they looked at a table and thought it would be really cool if table could move on its own, place itself in space and avoid obstacles in an unfamiliar indoor space. A clever table that could bring drinks, documents, whatever, all on it’s own.

People are fascinated by autonomous robots tricked out with navigation systems that can reach targets hundreds of meters from their initial position, especially when they are flying inside an unmapped premises and have to find their path with no help.

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NTR LAB and all the latest @ AI Expo Europe

There are lots of links in this post, since the event was full of great meetings and information!

Last week the NTR Lab team attended AI Expo Europe in Amsterdam. We were there to present our Autonomous UAV (drone) for technical inspections.

AI Expo Europe

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Autonomous UAV (drone) for technical inspections

Three great co-hosted events are happening today at Amsterdam’s RAI! Visit Twitter and Facebook for pictures and updates.

The AI Expo Europe – June 2018 – Amsterdam    

Here are links to the event’s Twitter and Facebook page.

 

IoT Tech Expo Europe – June 2018 – Amsterdam      

Here are links to the event’s Twitter and Facebook page.

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Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Smart Contracts — Oh My!

by Peter Adrianov, Blockchain Developer of NTR Lab

In 2009 a new online payment system was created by an anonymous entity with the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. To this day no one knows if Nakamoto is one person or a group, but just about everyone has heard about what they created — bitcoin. Bitcoin became the first widespread cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency allows you to store its value without intermediaries. In this, it is similar to cash. As cash lies on your nightstand, your bitcoins are stored in a large file called a blockchain.

The file is structured so that new blocks can be added only to the end chain; nothing written previously can be changed. The blocks store records of transactions, what address to what address, amount, transaction time.

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Developers @ DevPRO’18 in Siberia

Last week we shared events from SPRINT ROBOTICS: 2018 Robotics Showcasing and Demonstration Events in California. We hope you found it interesting and that you enjoyed the video.

The second conference we attended was DevPRO’18 in Tomsk, Siberia.

Siberia?

If you think that Siberia is an unwired wilderness full of bears and lacking IT, think again — especially about Tomsk.  

Tomsk is a notable educational and scientific center and one of the largest sources of IT specialists in Russia thanks to its six state universities:

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Nick @ SPRINT ROBOTICS Robotics Showcasing and Demonstration Events

It is part of our company’s culture to take part in IT Conferences around the world. We go for many reasons, as speakers,  to learn about the latest tech and trends, to meet people with the same tech passion, and, last, but not least, to meet companies with which to collaborate.

We attended two conferences in May, the first was the two-day SPRINT ROBOTICS 2018 Robotics Showcasing and Demonstration Events in Richmond and Pittsburg, California. (We’ll tell you about the other next week.)

SPRINT ROBOTICS describes the event this way.

“Using robotics in the domain of technical inspection and maintenance of capital intensive infrastructure is of vital importance because of the urgency to minimize the impact on safety and the environment. Developments in this domain are moving very fast, and we invite you to come and see some of the solutions that the market has to offer!.”

NTR Lab was one of the participants, along with

In the short video below you can see the introductions of different companies and their robotics.

Thanks to Fiori Films for the video.

Watch our CEO Nick Mikhailovsky and our drone at 1:40.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K4MtyuhIl8

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Why Do Neural Networks Need An Activation Function?

by Computer Vision Department of NTRLab 

Suppose we are given a set of distinct points P = {(xi, yi) ∈ ℝm ×ℝ}i=1,…,n which we regard as a set of test samples xi ∈ ℝm with known answers yi ∈ ℝ. To avoid non-compactness we may assume that P lie in some compact K, for example, K may be some polytope. Does there exist some continuous function in space of all C(K) continuous functions on K such that its graph is a good approximation for our set P in some sense?

From the approximation theory point of view, a neural network is a family of functions {Fθ, θ ∈ Θ} of some functional class. Each special neural network defines each own family of functions. Some of them might be equivalent in some sense. If we restrict ourselves to only MLP according to the above problem with only one intermediate layer consisting of N elements then the corresponding family of functions will be

FORMULA NN 12

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Demystifying Product/Market Fit

by Nick Mikhailovsky, CEO and Co-Founder of NTRLab.

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Marc Andreessen said, “…the life of any startup can be divided into two parts – before product/market fit and after product/market fit.” It’s a kind of magic thing, without which a startup stands little chance of success. That said, how do you define it beyond “you know it when you see it?”

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The Main Elements Of The Navigation Stack

By Leonid Bulyga, Robot Navigation System Developer at NTRLab

To successfully function, a robot needs to know its place in space, in other words, its exact location on the map.

The Navigation Stack, which includes SLAM, allows the robot to build a map, determine its position on it and move around relying on its “feelings.”

Let us consider in more detail what each element of the navigation stack is responsible for.

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