The kick-off meeting of the RoboHow project took place on Tuesday, March 13th, at TU München. With more than 40 participants, it was a very successful meeting and a great start into this exciting project!
The meeting was complemented by a workshop about the different control engineering approaches to be used in the project. Several talks gave insight into the techniques used by the project participants and highlighted their specific strengths and applications. They were complemented by invited talks on the control framework used at DLR for the light-weight robot arm, as well as talks about the OpenRTM framework used for the HRP-2 robot.
More information about the RoboHow project can be found at http://robohow.eu
During the 1st EUCogIII Members Conference, held on February 23-24 in Vienna, Michael Beetz gave an invited talk about Cognition-Enabled Control of Everyday Manipulation. The EuCogIII conference was organized by the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.
The talk gave an overview of cognition-enabled robot control as a computational model for controlling autonomous service robots to achieve home-chore task intelligence. For the realization of task intelligence, this computational model puts forth three core principles, which essentially involve the combination of reactive behavior specifications, represented as semantically interpretable plans, with inference mechanisms that enable flexible decision making. The representation of behavior specifications as plans enables the robot to not only execute the behavior specifications, but also to reason about them and alter them during execution.
We are organizing an ICRA 2012 workshop on the Semantic Perception and Mapping for Knowledge-enabled Service Robotics. The workshop will feature excellent talks from researchers from academia as well as industry, live demonstrations, poster session and a working session with an aim to standardize some fundamental concepts in semantic mapping. For more details please visit the workshop's website.
Since January 2012 we have been working with Barcoo, a company from Berlin that is applying web mining for barcode applications (e.g. linking products in stores with the independent consumer information). We have a preliminary implementation of the barcode scanning and querying available here, please drop us an email for the details.
We are glad to announce that the European Collaborative Project FP7-ICT-288533 RoboHow.Cog started officially on February 1, 2012. RoboHow.Cog investigates how robots can learn novel actions using descriptions from the Internet, combining written instructions with videos that show how to perform the task.
The project is coordinated by TUM, the other partners are the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, the Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Sweden, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium, the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Greece, the Universiteit Leiden (UL), Netherlands, and Aldebaran Robotics, France.
Additional information can be found on the project web site http:www.robohow.eu.