On Thursday, 29 June 2018, we had a successful open lab day and had the opportunity to welcome many interested visitors to our lab. We would like to thank everybody for interesting discussions, new ideas and a useful exchange about opinions about the future of robotics. We would also like to thank the DFKI Bremen for the cooperation.
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 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!
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.
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).
EASE was present at the ICRA 2018.
Daniel Leidner held a workshop on “Cognitive Whole-Body Control for Compliant Robot Manipulation”.
Karinne Ramirez-Amaro presented the workshop on WORKMATE: the WORKplace is better with intelligent, collaborative, robot MATEs titled “Accelerating the teaching of industrial robots by re-using semantic knowledge from various domains” (Karinne Ramirez-Amaro and Gordon Cheng).
The talk by Asil Kaan Bozcuoglu , whose paper “The Exchange of Knowledge Using Cloud Robotics” ( Asil Kaan Bozcuoğlu, Gayane Kazhoyan, Yuki Furuta, Simon Stelter, Michael Beetz, Kei Okada and Masayuki Inaba) was finalist for the IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics and for the IEEE ICRA Best Paper Award in Service Robotics, was a great success, too!
We had very special guests for the Girls’ Day 2018 at our Institute for Artificial Intelligence. It is the day of the year where young girls explore different professional fields and get inspired by other women, who shape their fields of work in a very passionate way. It was our main goal to demonstrate to these girls that they will be part of a very exciting future, where their contribution will certainly matter.
Seventeen girls of different ages, ranging from 10 to 14 years old, and different schools had the opportunity to immerse themselves into the world of robotics and artificial intelligence. A diverse program was organized to provide them an overall overview of our promising research activities and projects. The girls were engaged in very interesting discussions about the various fields of informatics and robotics. They were highly fascinated by our little robot “Pepper”, which succeeded in showing them how fun and entertaining robotics can be. In our virtual reality environment, they learned how teaching robots new actions can be solved in a very playful way. Overall the girls were very impressed and developed a greater interest to the fields of informatics and robotics.
Thanks to Bruno Siciliano from University of Naples Federico II for giving a great talk titled “Robotic Dynamic Manipulation”!
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.
We congratulate Daniel Leidner for receiving the prize for the best doctoral robotics thesis in Europe at the European Robotics Forum 2018!
Daniel is co-leading the efforts of the EASE research project R4 at DLR and received his doctoral degree in 2017 from the Informatics faculty of the University of Bremen.