ICRA 2018 EASE Dissemination

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!


Girls’ Day 2018

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.

Nomination for an ICRA 2018 award

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.

ERF2018 Workshop on Perception-Models for Task Generalization in Agile Manufacturing, March 15th

Dr. Michael SUPPA, Roboception GmbH, Germany, Prof. Darius BURSCHKA, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Prof Achim J. LILIENTHAL, University of Orebro, Sweden and Prof. Michael BEETZ, University of Bremen, Germany organize a workshop on “Perception-Models for Task Generalization in Agile Manufacturing” as part of the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2018 conference on Wednesday 15th march 14:00-15:30 in Tampere/ Finland. (Link)

EASE Spring Meeting

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.

The Artificial Intelligence Institute Plays a Part in a Documentary about Humanoid Robots

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.

Robotic Days in Bremen

During the 27th until the 29th November they were interesting presentations and talks about robotics and its related fields. On the first day the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik hold their DGR conference. The remaining two days, people got the chance to visit the EASE symposium to get the newest research results. More information about those events can be found here .

“Computer” – A book published by EASE PI Rolf Drechsler, Andrea Fink and Jannis Stoppe

EASE principal investigator Rolf Drechsler and his co-authors Andrea Fink and Jannis Stoppe have published the book “Computer – Wie funktionieren Smartphone, Tablet & Co.?”. This books attempts to explain complex digital technologies for the broad public in an easy way. Their book has recently received a lot of attention in the press and at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017. More information and also a reading sample can be found here .