Photographs taken at the TAROS 2007 conference in Aberystwyth by Chris Malcolm with a Sony DSC-R1 camera. Also taking place in Aberystwyth at the time were sea trials of the prototype robot yachts of entrants in the Microtransat 2008 race across the Atlantic, and a Walking with Robots public exhibition on the seafront promenade. Some photographs of these two events are included.

Titles and comments on these photographs are incomplete and being updated frequently during Sept 2007. Help in identifying some of the people labelled as "??" would be appreciated :-)



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Aroosha Laghaee taking photographs in Aberystwyth Harbour at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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From left to right, Aroosha Laghaee, Magnus Johnsson, Tim Taylor, ??, at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Mohamed Mabrouk in grounds of Aberystwyth Castle at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Dave Barnes muses over a model of the ill-starred Beagle Mars robot in the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference

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A Meccano robot in the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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A plastic bottle supported robot "boat" in the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Joanne Walker explains some tiny tabletop robots to a child and Mohamed Mabrouk at the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Closer view of three tiny tabletop robots at the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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The use of kites and balloons for aerial photography is explained at the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference. You could do this on Mars too :-)

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A robot "boat" from the Wales Summer University "Robotics and Computer Science" project at the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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A model of the ill-starred Beagle 2 Mars robot on view at the "Walking with Robots" exhibition in the Pavilion on Aberyswyth Promenade during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Myra Wilson and Frederic Labrosse, organisers of the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth University, enjoying a drink with delegates in the Penglais campus bar.

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Robot yachts on view at the TAROS 2007 conference in Aberystwyth. These are experimental prototypes by the entrants in the Microtransat 2008 race across the Atlantic. The foreground IBoat yacht is from the French team.

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On view at the TAROS 2007 conference were experimental robot yacht prototypes by the entrants in the Microtransat 2008 race across the Atlantic. This is the Canadian robot yacht.

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A view of the interior of the Canadian experimental robot yacht at the TAROS 2007 conference in Aberystwyth.

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A plastic bottle based robot "boat" developed by the Wales University robotics summer school project, on view at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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One of Aberystwyth's early experimental robot yachts on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Another of Aberystwyth's early experimental robot yachts on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Interior detail of one of Aberystwyth's early experimental robot yachts on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Canadian experimental prototype robot yacht on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Visitors at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth breakfasted in the building on the left.

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The Aberystwyth University Penglais campus is built on the side of a steep hill. Visitors to the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth had a steep walk between conference and cafeteria and their sleeping quarters. This view shows one particularly steep bit, just in front of the Arts building.

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Interior of another experimental prototype robot yacht on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Interested discussion of the French experimental robot yacht on view at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Discussions at the poster presentation session at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Discussions at the poster presentation session at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth. Note the groping gesture often displayed by roboticists explaining robot behaviour :-)

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Delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference were taken on the Vale of Rheidhol steam train to the Devil's Bridge for an evening meal. This is the open carriage. Nearest to the camera is Prof Mark Lee of Aberystwyth University.

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Delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference were taken on the Vale of Rheidhol steam train to the Devil's Bridge for an evening meal. This is the open carriage. Nearest to the camera is Prof Mark Lee of Aberystwyth University. Note the steep curve the train is negotiating which disappears off the left of the photograph.

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The Aberystwyth TAROS 2007 conference delegates visited the Devil's Bridge by steam train. On the left is the steam engine. On the right is Prof Hugh Durrant-Whyte of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and Sydney University many of whose robots are very much bigger than this engine :-) Tim Taylor in the centre is photographing a mechanical detail.

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The front of the Prince of Wales steam engine on the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway. There's something very satisfying about hand crafted pre-war steam technology.

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A delegate at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth uses a phone to photograph a fine example of pre-war British steam technology, the Prince of Wales steam engine on the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway.

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Atmospheric view of the Vale of Rheidol steam engine the Prince of Wales resting at Devil's Bridge after the climb from Aberystwyth.

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The engineer inspects the Prince of Wales steam engine as it rests at Devil's Bridge after the climb from Aberystwyth.

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Some of the delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth taking a steep scenic pre-prandial walk down the glen below the Devil's Bridge, at which the conference dinner was held. The central figure is Tim Taylor.

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There is a pedestrian walkway below the Devil's Bridge near Aberystwyth which takes you down one side of the waterfalls, across the stream on this little pedestrian bridge, and up the other side. On the bridge are a couple of delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Prof Jean-Arcady Meyer gives his invited talk to the TAROS 2007 conference at Aberystwyth.

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Nearly all the delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference except the photographer.

WARNING: the click-through image is large.

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Nearly all the delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference except the photographer.

WARNING: the click-through image is large.

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The prize for the ?? paper is presented by ?? of Springer Verlag to ?? at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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The prize for the ?? paper is presented to ?? by Ulrich Nehmzow of Essex University at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Demonstration of Aberytwyth's seven degree of freedom experimental robot arm. Note the groping gesture characteristic of a roboticist :-)

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Frederic Labrosse demonstrates some leader-follower mobile robots to TAROS 2007 delegates in one of Aberystwyth's robot labs.

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Detailed shot of the leader of the leader-follower gang of robots.

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A follower robot following a leader robot.

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A follower robot following a leader robot.

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Frederic Labrosse shows delegates at the TAROS 2007 conference his new outdoor mobile robot with arm. In the centre of the picture is the panoramic camera mounted on a stabilised platform so that some approximation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex can be performed - necessarily an approximation because the rotation axes do not intersect in a point.

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A one third scale experimental prototype model of Dave Barnes' new Martian Rover targetted for Marsward launch in 2013, in its sandpit of special simulated Martian sand. The odd colour is probably an artefact of incorrect white balance under fluorescent light.

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A closer view of the model of the new Martian Rover.

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This view of the Martian Rover was taken with more incandescent light than the previous photographs and is closer to the "real" colours, if machine vision specialists will forgive such sloppy terminology :-)

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Four TAROS 2007 delegates enjoy the sunset on Aberystwyth promenade on the evening of the 24 hour trial of the experimental prototype robot yachts of the entrants in the 2008 Microtransat transatlantic race. The Austrian robot yacht was the only survivor of this trial. Fron left to right, Bernd Bruggeman, Magnus Johnsson, Aroosha Laghaee, Nils Goerke.

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The control centre of the Austrian robot yacht team on Aberystwyth promenade during the 2007 TAROS conference.

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The Austrian robot yacht team's aerial and sundry comms equipment lashed to a mast and on and around a chair on Aberystwyth promenade during the 24 hour sea trial of the yacht.

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To the right is the tiny Austrian robot yacht on the evening of its 24 hour sea trail at Aberystwyth. To the left is a manned support yacht.

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Aroosha Laghaee and Chris Malcolm at the TAROS 2007 conference.

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The control centre of the Austrian robot yacht team on Aberystwyth promenade during the 24 hour sea trial of their robot yacht during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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Above the chair to the right of the aerial pole can be seen the Austrian robot yacht during the evening of its 24 hour sea trial at Aberystwyth during the TAROS 2007 conference. In the large image can be seen the blue light on top of the robot yacht mast.

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Out at sea above the chair can be seen the manned support yacht. Behind it to the left can be seen the small Austrian robot yacht it is shadowing. The comms equipment of the Austrian team's control centre on the promenade can be seen lashed to the mast and on and around the chair.

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The support yacht which is shadowing the 24 hour sea trial of the Austrian robot yacht is seen in the eye of the setting sun. Impressive camera optics :-)

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Sunset on Aberyswyth promenade paints the shorefront building pink and flashes their windows with a bronze light.

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The War Memorial on Aberyswyth promenade in the sunset twilight.

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60 From the left, Chris Malcolm, Aroosha Laghaeee, and Nils Goerke, warming up in Aberystwyth's Varsity pub after watching the sunset (and the Austrian robot yacht) from the seafront promenade. The pub incidentally has free web access :-)

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From the left, Bernd Bruggemann, Aroosha Laghaee, and Magnus Johnsson in Aberystwyth's Varsity pub during the TAROS 2007 conference.

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