About Me

I'm a third year PhD student, currently studying at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. Having obtained a BSc in Computer Science from the University of York I spent time working as a computer games programmer for Electronic Arts. Looking for a change of direction I completed an MSc in Robotics with UWE and am now studying for a PhD at the BRL. My PhD is part of a joint project with another PhD student, Chris Beck from the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Professor Tony Pipe, and Professor Majid Mirmehdi. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and aims to develop control software for the BERT humanoid torso so that it can manipulate everyday objects, in order to read any text that may be on them.

My research interests include robotics, computer vision, and machine learning.

Research

Matzo Model

My current research forms part of the MOET (Manipulation of Objects for the Extraction of Text) project which is seeking to build a robotic system which can manipulate and explore objects in order to identify any text that may be on them.

The particular focus of my PhD is on enabling our robotic torso BERT to autonomously build models of itself, and the objects it interacts with.

Publications

Journals:

Bootstrapping a robot's kinematic model
Alan Broun, Chris Beck, Tony Pipe, Majid Mirmehdi, and Chris Melhuish
2013 Robotics and Autonomous Systems - Special Edition (To Appear)

Conferences:

Visual homing of an upper torso humanoid robot using a depth camera
Alan Broun, Chris Beck, Tony Pipe, Majid Mirmehdi, and Chris Melhuish
2013 Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS 2013) 2013, Oxford

Building a kinematic model of a robot's arm with a depth camera
Alan Broun, Chris Beck, Tony Pipe, Majid Mirmehdi, and Chris Melhuish
2012 Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS 2012) 2012, Bristol

Low cost automatic object segmentation by detecting a signature motion within an optical flow signal
Alan Broun, Matthew Studley
2011 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT) 2011, Auburn, Alabama.

Workshops:

Robotic Manipulation strategies for detecting and reading text
Alan Broun, Chris Beck, Tony Pipe, Majid Mirmehdi, and Chris Melhuish
Interactive Perception Workshop, ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany

Contact

Bristol Robotics Laboratory
T Block
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
Bristol
BS16 1QY

alan.broun@brl.ac.uk

+44 (0)117 32 86797


updated: 24/09/2013