EASE principal investigators Alin Albu-Schäffer, Michael Beetz, and Helge Ritter gave invited talks at the French-German Symposium on “Robotics AI – Data Science versus Motion Intelligence” co-organized by the French Académie des Sciences and the German Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina. https://robotics-ia.sciencesconf.org/
Congratulations to Asil Bozcuoğlu, Gayane Kazhoyan, Simon Stelter and Michael Beetz from the University of Bremen and Yuki Furuta, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba from the University of Tokyo. Their article “The Exchange of Knowledge Using Cloud Robotics ” has been nominated for an ICRA 2018 award. The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) will be held in Brisbane, Australia from the 21st May until the 25th May. Winning an ICRA award will eligible the authors for the ICRA best paper award.
During the 27th and the 28th February the EASE partners came together and discussed about the further course of EASE. Every research group presented its current results and its milestones for the next months. Britta Wrede from CITEC also joined our spring meeting. She presented her interesting project kogni-home to us and gives us insight about how smart home technology of the future will look like and also how it will improve our everyday life.
Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH visited the Artificial Intelligence Institute (IAI) in Bremen on the 12.01 to record some video material for their upcoming humanoid robots documentary “Wir sind die Roboter“. In addition to the video footage of the institute, there will be additional material from other research groups all over the world such as from Genoa and Tokyo.
The institute presented the movie team the current state of the EASE project such as a robot making popcorn, the openEASE platform and Virtual Reality.
The running time of the documentary will be 90 minutes and will be directed by Isa Willinger.
MDR-Magazin "Einfach genial" TV Feature on EASE central laboratory
EASE presentations @ ICRA 2017
The central EASE robotics laboratory has been extended with a section furnished as a DM supermarket. This is an experimental setup used in the European H2020 project Refills, which investigates the autonomous replenishment of supermarket shelves."
Finalist for the ICAR'17 Best Paper Award
Congratulations to Ferenc Balint-Benczedi, Zoltan-Csaba Marton, Maximilian Durner and Michael Beetz. Their article "Storing and Retrieving Perceptual Episodic Memories for Long-term Manipulation Tasks" was selected as a finalist for the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR). Ferenc is a research associate at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and candidate for a doctoral degree under the supervision of Michael Beetz at the University of Bremen."
Open Campus Day
EASE will participate in the Open Campus Day at the University of Bremen demonstrating our Pepper robot. Please visit the info point of the SMILE project in front of the Cartesium, Enrique-Schmidt-Strasse 5, 28359 Bremen.
EASE presentations @ ICRA 2017
We are happy to announce three accepted papers at this year's ICRA conference in Singapore, 29.05.17-02.06.17:
- A Cloud Service for Robotic Mental Simulations, Asil Kaan Bozcuoğlu, Michael Beetz (Session WeA4.2, 09:35–09:40)
- Instruction Completion through Instance-based Learning and Semantic Analogical Reasoning, Daniel Nyga, Mareike Picklum, Sebastian Koralewski, Michael Beetz (Session WeC11.3, 14:40–14:45)
- What No Robot Has Seen Before – Probabilistic Interpretation of Natural-language Object Descriptions, Daniel Nyga, Mareike Picklum, Michael Beetz, (Session WeC11.4, 14:45-14:50)
Michael Beetz is also an invited speaker at the workshop on AI Planning and Robotics: Challenges and Methods. He will give a talk on Robot planning for the mastery of human-scale everyday manipulation tasks on Monday, May 29, 13:30-14:00.
Finalist for the Best WBC-Paper Award
Congratulations to Daniel Leidner, Alexander Dietrich, Alin Albu-Schaeffer, and Michael Beetz. Their article "Knowledge-enabled parameterization of whole-body control strategies for compliant service robots" published in Autonomous Robots, 40(3):519-536, 2016 has been selected by the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Whole-Body Control Awards 2016 as a finalist for the Best WBC-Paper Award. Daniel is a research associate at the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Institute in Oberpfaffenhofen and candidate for a doctoral degree in the AI Institute at the University of Bremen. All co-authors are involved in the EASE project R4 "Specializing and optimizing generic robot plans"