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.
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 .
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 .
We were excited to learn that our informative video about openEASE is one of the 21 finalists nominated for the Fast Forward Science Community Award. The German version of the video has been uploaded to YouTube and an can be voted for until the 31st of October:
Congratulations to Simon Stelter, Georg Bartels, and Michael Beetz. Their article “Multidimensional Time Series Shapelets Reliably Detect and Classify Contact Events in Force Measurements of Wiping Actions” was selected as a finalist for the best cognitive paper award at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on
Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’17). Simon and Georg are research associates at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and candidates for a doctoral degree under the supervision of Michael Beetz at the University of Bremen.
The homepage of the University of Bremen currently features a personal portrait of EASE vice speaker Kerstin Schill [Link].
EASE researchers Gordon Cheng and Karinne Ramirez Amaro (TUM) co-organize a workshop on Semantic Policy and Action Representations for Autonomous Robots as part of the IROS 2017 conference in Vancouver (Link).
BMBF project RoPHa started
The BMBF (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research ) funded project RoPHa started on the 1st of July. The goal of the project is to advance perceptual and manipulation capabilities of mobile robots, such that feeding the elderly can become a possibility. More information on the project description webpage (German only).