RuM laboratory researches and develops technologies that allow computerized systems to perceive and interpret the world, make decisions, and act. We believe that robotics, as well as artificial perception and intelligence, will play an increasingly important role in the future of humanity – in daily lives, in industry and economy, in politics. The goal of EDI RuM is to become a major player in shaping this future. A player whose research results and technologies are not only recognized by the scientific community but also contribute to the well-being, safety, and health of mankind.

Keywords:

  • IoT, wireless sensor networks, smart sensors 
  • signal and image processing
  • AI, xAI, computer vision, machine learning, deep neural networks 
  • embedded intelligence, accelerators, edge and fog computing, FPGA, SoC 
  • automation, industrial robotics, real-time control, mobile robots

Part of our perception research covers different kinds of smart sensors, sensor systems, and wireless sensor networks for industrial automation, environment monitoring, and integrity control of complex systems. 

We also develop and adopt computer vision algorithms for classification, object detection, and image segmentation tasks. We have developed such algorithms for autonomous vehicles, biomedicine, intelligent transportation systems (vehicle and pedestrian detection and classification, number plate recognition), agriculture (detection of crops and weeds), and video analysis. However, the possible use-cases for our AI-enabled computer vision are much broader.

Currently, deep neural network-based methods are demonstrating the best performance in many machine perception tasks. Therefore, RuM laboratory explores and applies different network models, including CNN, RNN, and GAN, which we train and test on EDI’s high-performance computing center. Since the use of deep learning in many practical applications is hindered by the necessity of a large amount of annotated training data, RuM also researches methods for the generation of synthetic training data and the use of simulated environments in training AI models. Also, our interest in medical image analysis has led us to explore the explainable AI field and bio-inspired learning models.

Embedded intelligence is another significant research area of the RuM lab. We excel at utilizing a variety of design abstractions to push performance limits to the edge. We combine our expertise to develop industrial-grade sensing nodes with very low-latency (<500μs) and advance control algorithms for autonomous driving. For achieving high-performance low-power solutions we design accelerators using specialized chips – field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Our accelerators range from low-level image preprocessing and feature extraction to the DNNs and acceleration of video-based localization for constrained systems. We design Linux-based autonomous flight platforms using modern SoCs  (Systems-on-Chip) for future drones, which will be capable of localization without GPS and ground stations.

The robotics division of our laboratory combines the perception and embedded intelligence possibilities described above with the control of robots. It allows us to operate with such technologies as autonomous platforms (driving, flying) and smart production robots, which bring the manufacturing process into the modern digital age (industry 4.0). For increased automation of the production process, the next generation industry robots have to safely cooperate with humans and adaptively manipulate different objects in modern dynamic production conditions. Robots have to become aware of the surrounding environment and use this awareness to adapt and optimize their future actions.

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Head of Laboratory

    Dr. sc. ing. Roberts Kadiķis

    Senior Researcher

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Assigned Specialists

    Dr. sc. comp. Modris Greitāns

    Director of EDI, Senior Researcher

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    Dr. sc. ing. Kaspars Ozols

    Deputy director of development, Senior Researcher

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    Dr. sc. comp. Kaspars Sudars

    Researcher

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    Mg. sc. comp. Uldis Grunde

    Researcher

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    Mg. sc. ing. Rihards Novickis

    Researcher

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    Mg. sc. ing. Jānis Ārents

    Researcher

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    Mg. sc. ing. Daniels Jānis Justs

    Research assistant

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    Mg. sc. comp Toms Stūrmanis

    Research assistant

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    Mg. sc. comp Vitālijs Feščenko

    Research assistant

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    Andis Bizuns

    Research assistant

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    Mg.sc.ing. Ivars Namatēvs

    Researcher

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