Talk by Robert Ross

On December 5, we heard Robert Ross talk about „Squeezing Shared Meaning from Behaviour“. Thank you for being here!

Dr. Robert Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing DIT. Robert has a BSc and MSc by Research from University College Dublin, and a PhD from the University of Bremen in Germany. Robert is responsible for managing mature learning programmes within the School.

Abstract of the talk: To understand and facilitate a human is to provide a clear understanding of a persons’s activities or behaviours and subsequently provide feedback and personalised services.  While Activity Recognition based on well defined activity prototypes is now well established, the related task of Activity Discovery – the extraction of new or changed behaviours from the data – remains highly challenging. In this talk I will discuss recent research conducted in Dublin where we apply a number of different methodologies including Deep Learning techniques to extract new behaviour prototypes from low-level sensor data. I will also discuss some challenges around the evaluation of the quality of extracted behaviours, and raise some questions around the goal of linking behaviour prototypes of linguistic meaning.

EASE milestone meeting great success

The EASE milestone meeting turned out to be a great success on all levels. Our milestones are met, if not exceeded and our project is moving forward in all directions. We were able to see how to collect big data from human table setting scenarios, the enhancements in the Virtual Reality environment Unreal – including a better grasp – as well as the new software Avatar, which now includes humans in our virtual environments, just to name a few.

Some impressions from the meeting:

EASE at the “Automatica”

EASE at the Automatica collected data from random participants in virtual reality scenarios. The more data we collect, the more variations on the executed tasks we can analyze!

Three tasks were investigated:
– doing the dishes (Kitchen)
– setting the table (Dinning room)
– vacuum cleaning (Living room)

Thank you to more than 200 participants!


Talk by Moritz Tenorth

On Tuesday, 29th May 2018, former colleague Moritz Tenorth from magazino visited and gave a talk.


In his talk, Moritz talked about some of the recent developments at the Munich-based startup Magazino. Magazino develops and builds perception-controlled, mobile robots for intralogistics. With Magazinos technology individual objects can be identified on the shelf and localized via 2D and 3D cameras, securely grasped and finally placed precisely at their destination. Moritz also talked about some of his personal lessons learned during his transition from an academic to a startup working environment.


Dr. Moritz Tenorth is currently the CTO of the Munich-based robotics startup Magazino. Before joining Magazino in 2015, we was working as a Post-Doc in the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the  University of Bremen. During his PhD at TU Munich, he investigated knowledge representation and processing technology for robotics, and developed the KnowRob framework.



Gabriel Zachmann co-organizer and co-chair for VRIPHYS 2018

EASE Principal Investigator Gabriel Zachmann was co-organizer and general co-chair for VRIPHYS 2018, the 14th Workshop on Virtual Reality Interaction and Physical Simulation, which was held in Delft, Netherlands, co-located with Eurographics, one of the most important computer graphics conferences.
The workshop focused on high-quality research on dynamic simulation and physical interaction in virtual reality environments.
Keynote speakers and invited speakers were: Prof. Alessandro Tasora (applied mechanics), Dr. Moritz Bächer (Disney Labs), Prof. François Faure (simulation and founder of Anatoscope), Erwin Coumans (Google Brain, simulation and robotics).