EASE is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Bremen that investigates everyday activity science and engineering. Its core purpose is to advance our understanding of how human-scale manipulation tasks can be mastered by robotic agents. To achieve this, EASE establishes the research area “Everyday Activity Science and Engineering” and creates a research community that conducts open research, open training, open data, and knowledge sharing.
EASE is a Collaborative Research Center (CRC). CRCs are university-based research institutions, established for up to 12 years and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In CRCs, researchers work together within a multidisciplinary research program. EASE started in 2017 and has 16 subprojects, each led by one or multiple researchers.
Everyday Activity Science and Engineering (EASE) is the study of the design, realization, and analysis of information processing models that enable robotic agents – and humans – to master complex manipulation tasks that are mundane and routine, but complex. It also investigates methods of skill and knowledge acquisition.
We bring together researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and cognitive science to allow the synergistic combination and integration of the contributing areas. EASE creates open-source software as well as open knowledge and data.
Follow the progress of our research activities and see which milestones have been achieved. You can also take a look at our videos Robot Household Marathon: EASE Generative Models of Everyday Activity or Imagination-enabled Robot Perception on YouTube, a perception system proposed by the CRC EASE.
“Robots are already making large strides in their abilities, but as the generalizable knowledge representation problem is addressed, the growth of robot capabilities will begin in earnest, and it will likely be explosive. The effects on economic output and human workers are certain to be profound.”
Gill A. Pratt