Archive for May 2017

Ken Goldberg’s AUTOLAB Takes Robot Grasping To A New Level

New research by Professor Ken Goldberg, Jeff Mahler, and the Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering (AUTOLAB) shows real progress on the problem of robots grasping everyday objects. DexNet 2.0 used deep learning with a cloud database of thousands of 3D objects to collect 6.7 million data points in order to train a robot to pick up and move objects in the…

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Mark Velednitsky Finds Short Proof For Traveling Salesman Problem

IEOR graduate student Mark Velednitsky has reduced a twenty-eight page proof for the traveling salesman problem (TSP) to just a few lines. Velednitsky’s proof titled “Short combinatorial proof that the DFJ polytope is contained in the MTZ polytope for the Asymmetric Traveling Salesman Problem” was recently published in Operations Research Letters, and will make learning this particular TSP…

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Exercising with Cal Fitness

While thousands of fitness apps are available, not much scientific research exists to show if these apps can actually help people achieve their exercise goals. That’s why industrial engineering and operations research Ph.D. students Yonatan Mintz and Mo Zhou, working with professor Anil Aswani, built a mobile health application and enrolled Berkeley staff and students as subjects in an on-campus study.…

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IEOR 170: Industrial Design and Human Factors Project Highlights

This semester, students taking IEOR 170 encountered terrific success in their creative design projects and ideas. Ten teams of students gained hands-on experience designing real-world solutions based on the theories learned in the course. This semester the problems revolved around how to better manually adjust irrigation emitters in vineyards. California is the top wine-producing state in the U.S.…

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