Feb. 23, 2009, Saltillo - the CINVESTAV
Today is my first day of teaching at the CINVESTAV.
The CINVESTAV is a research institute here in Saltillo,
and they have a pretty good robotics group.
I'll give three two-hour lectures on the topic of
visual servo control (i.e., how to use computer vision
to control the motion of a robot), and one extra lecture
on my group's research on pursuit-evasion games (the problem
of a robot trying to catch another robot who is trying
I was very proud of Flat Stanley today.
He took his place among the many Mexican students,
and even though he can't speak any Spanish at all,
he was able to make friends with a few of them.
And, today Flat Stanley really understood the topic
of the lecture (his studying paid off).
He understood so well, that today it was Flat
Stanley who explained the difficult material
to one of the Mexican students.
As you can see, Arturo is very happy to have Flat Stanley's help.
After the lecture, we were both pretty hungry
(visual servo control always increases my
appetite), so we went to a restaurant
that serves cabrito.
Cabrito is roasted kid (not actual children,
but goats). Here is a photo of Flat Stanley
outside of the restaurant (the symbol
of Mexico is the eagle with the snake),
and a photo of the menu, showing the various
cuts of meat one could order.
Well, Flat Stanley was pretty curious about
how one might cook cabrito, so he asked if we
could have a tour of the kitchen. It was pretty
impressive. Below is a photo of Flat Stanley
with the cook posing in front of some of
the meat that is roasting over a fire.
In the other photo are giant pots of various
things (I'm not sure what they are).
After the tour, we went back to the restaurant,
and had a spectacular lunch.
The photo on the left shows a view of the dining
room. The light fixture in the center is made
from actual antlers. It's pretty impressive.
Equally impressive is Flat Stanley's massive amount
of food - that is a lot of meat for a flat
But he was very hungry after my very long lecture.
After lunch, we headed back to the CINVESTAV,
so that Flat Stanley could have a tour of the
lab. He does love robots. Here are three photos
of Flat Stanley with some of the robots in their
lab: a robot arm, a robot helicopter, and
another robot arm.
After the mischief he created back in my
lab in Illinois, you can bet that I kept a
close eye on him. I did not want any
trouble with the Federales.
After a long day, we went back to the hotel.
Flat Stanley was pretty tired, and went to bed.
While he was sleeping, I went to the hotel restaurant
for dinner, and to prepare for my next lecture.
I had a spectacular dinner -- enchiladas with mole
(it is pronounced mol-ay) sauce that had almonds
in it, along side grilled cheese (not sandwiches,
but cheese that had actually been cooked on the grill).
It was super.
I hope all is well back in Indiana.
I will write more tomorrow.