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IURO

Project reference: 248314
Funded under

Interactive Urban Robot

From 2010-02-01 to 2013-01-31

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 563 009

EU contribution:

EUR 3 486 972

Coordinated in:

Germany

Call for proposal:

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

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Overcoming knowledge gaps through proactive communication with humans

The inability to cope with abstract commands confines today’s robots to very constrained, well-controlled environments. To overcome these limitations, a-priori knowledge is required. However, as objectives and situations may radically change over time there will always be knowledge gaps. Humans are a rich source of information to be utilized so that robots can improve their adaptability and cope with new situations as they arise. The IURO project explores the integration of information retrieval from humans into robot control architectures to complement their perception and action control capabilities. IURO follows a multi-disciplinary approach combining environment perception, communication, navigation, knowledge representation and assessment, and human factors studies as well as a novel robot platform for human-centred urban environments as a pre-industrial development.

Objective

The inability to cope with abstract commands confines today s robots to very constrained, well-controlled environments. To overcome these limitations, a-priori knowledge - preprogrammed or learned - is required. However, as objectives and situations may radically change over time there will always be knowledge gaps. Even if provided with sophisticated cognitive capabilities, sufficient information will not always be available in the environment to fill these gaps. Humans, however, are a rich source of information to be utilized, e. g. by asking for directions. Access to this source provides robots with a powerful means to improve its adaptability and cope with new situations as they arise. The IURO project explores the integration of information retrieval from humans into robot control architectures to complement their perception and action control capabilities. IURO follows a multi-disciplinary approach combining environment perception, communication, navigation, knowledge representation and assessment, and human factors studies as well as a novel robot platform for human-centred urban environments as a pre-industrial development. IURO focuses on several main aspects, which address core objectives of the call: perception and appropriate representation of dynamic urban environments, identification of knowledge gaps arising from dynamically changing situations and contexts not specified a priori, retrieval of missing information from humans in a natural way by pro-actively approaching them and initiating communication situations. Quantitative and comparative benchmark measures considering flexibility and robustness regarding navigation and interaction capabilities in real-world scenarios are developed. IURO targets novel technologies for new commercial service robots with improved flexibility and dependability. The project consortium combines research in environmental and human action perception, human-robot interaction and communication aspects, navigation and planning, knowledge representation and assessment, and human factors studies as well as robot platform development.

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Coordinator contact

Andreas SCHWEINBERGER, (EU Project Management)
Tel.: 00498928928395
Fax: 00498928923405
E-mail
Andreas SCHWEINBERGER, (EU Project Management)
Tel.: 00498928928395
Fax: 00498928923405
E-mail

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 1 246 800


Theresienstrasse 90
80333 Munich
Germany
Administrative contact: Andreas Schweinberger
Tel.: 00498928928396
Fax: 00498928923405
E-mail

Participants

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITÄT SALZBURG
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 413 600


KAPITELGASSE 4-6
5020 SALZBURG
Austria
Administrative contact: Manfred Tscheligi
Tel.: +43 662 8044 4800
Fax: +43 662 6389 4800
E-mail
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 676 012


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Luc Van Gool
Tel.: 0041446326578
Fax: 0041446321199
E-mail
BARTLOMIEJ MARCIN STANCZYK
Poland

EU contribution: EUR 535 920


ul. Hiacyntowa
20-143 Lublin
Poland
Administrative contact: Bartlomiej Stanczyk
Tel.: +48222197621
Fax: +48817479095
E-mail
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 614 640


Valhallavaegen
10044 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Administrative contact: Inger Karlsson
Tel.: +4687907563
Fax: +4687907854
E-mail
Record Number: 93749 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01