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RoboEarth

Project ID: 248942
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RoboEarth: robots sharing a knowledge base for world modelling and learning of actions

From 2009-12-01 to 2013-11-30, closed project | RoboEarth Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 5 613 559

EU contribution:

EUR 3 958 000

Coordinated in:

Netherlands

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Connecting robots world-wide
The <a href="http://www.roboearth.org/" target="_blank">RoboEarth</a> project exploits a new approach towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to carrying out useful tasks autonomously in circumstances that were not planned at design time. RoboEarth is a world wide web-style database and will allow robots to share any reusable knowledge independent from their hardware and configuration. As a result of the proposed project, major innovations are expected in the fields of 3D sensing (object recognition and localization), control strategies (linking perception and action) and learning. Examples of demonstrators are presenting meal options and serving a drink to a patient in a hospital room.

Objective

The RoboEarth-project exploits a new approach towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to carrying out useful tasks autonomously. The core of the innovation involves a world-wide web-style database: RoboEarth. RoboEarth will allow robots to share any reusable knowledge independent from their hardware and configuration. When a robot starts performing a task, it is able to download available high-level knowledge on both task and environment; next, it can use and translate this knowledge to its hardware specifications and its configuration and will improve it by learning during the task. Finally, it will upload its knowledge to RoboEarth again. As a result of the proposed project, major innovations are expected in the fields of: 3D sensing, control strategies and learning. Next to these, RoboEarth will contribute to a more modular design of robotic systems; robot hardware with a hardware abstraction layer for RoboEarth will be enough to build a functional robot. A series of six demonstrators will show the contributions of the project. The Action Recipe demonstrator will show robots creating/uploading and downloading/executing action recipes (abstract behaviour or algorithm descriptions in the RoboEarth database) to and from RoboEarth. The Ask Meal demonstrator will present meal options to a patient in a hospital room. The Serve Drink demonstrator will integrate 3D-sensing in the task by presenting a drink to the patient. The Screw Cap demonstrator will add improvement of the task by learning to remove the screw cap from a bottle. The Family Visit demonstrator focuses on the integration of dynamic object tracking into RoboEarth. Finally, the A Week In The Hospital demonstrator will show that history data from RoboEarth will enable a robot to improve its performance.
The research and technological development the RoboEarth consortium proposes to undertake will pave the way for completely new markets.

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Coordinator contact

Marinus J.G. VAN DE MOLENGRAFT, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +31-40-2472998
Fax: +31-40-2461418
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 1 034 653


DEN DOLECH 2
5612 AZ EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Rene vd Molengraft
Tel.: +31 40 247 2998
Fax: + 31 40 246 1418

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Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 911 746


Raemistrasse 101
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Raffaello D'Andrea
Tel.: +41 44 632 8060

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UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 576 088


KEPLERSTRASSE 7
70174 STUTTGART
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Michael Matthiesen
Tel.: +49 711 7816 414
Fax: +49 711 7816 248

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 620 000


Arcisstrasse 21
80333 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Ulrike Ronchetti
Tel.: +49-89-28922616
Fax: +49-89-28922620

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UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 489 602


CALLE PEDRO CERBUNA 12
50009 ZARAGOZA
Spain
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: oscar Lopez
Tel.: +34976761000

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PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 325 911


Boschdijk 525
5621JG EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Ard Nieuwenhuis
Tel.: +31 402740342
Fax: +31 402746123

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