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Interactive Urban Robot

Project description


Cognitive Systems and Robotics
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.

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.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-4
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Coordinator Contact

Andreas SCHWEINBERGER Mr.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andreas Schweinberger (Mr.)
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