NEWS

Announcement: Dagstuhl Seminar on Planning And Robotics

January, 2017

Malik Ghallab, Nick Hawes, Daniele Magazzeni (KCL), Brian Williams will organize a Dagstuhl Seminar on Planning And Robotics in January 2017.

KCL provides a tutorial at ECAI-16

August 29th - September 2nd, 2016

Daniele Magazzeni from KCL features the tutorial "Planning for Hybrid Systems" at the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016 in The Hague.

KCL presents the SQUIRREL project at the first UK Robotics Week

June 25th, 2016

The KCL Centre for Robotics Research has presented the SQUIRREL project as part of their open day event. The event was supported by UK-RAS society, and was part of the first UK robotics week. Invited interested researchers from the UK robotics community, as well as general public - school groups and people interested in robotics - could learn about the developments within the project.

KCL Open Day 1
KCL Open Day 2
KCL Open Day 3

ROSPlan tutorial at ICAPS 2016 Summer School

June 10th, 2016

Michael Cashmore from KCL provides a tutorial on ROSPlan at the ICAPS 2016 Summer School in London.

Announcement: Robots: the next big technological revolution of this century

March 24th, 2016

In a cafe-style setting, Vanessa Evers will give a presentation about her research on social robotics, see link (in Dutch) http://www.newscientist.nl/blogs/robots-de-volgende-grote-technologische-revolutie-van-deze-eeuw/.

Maren Bennewitz presents at Kärcher Cleaning Systems

March 16th, 2016

Maren Bennewitz presents her research and in particular the Squirrel Project at the Kärcher Future Day.

3rdHand Winter School on Manipulation in Clutter

February 29th-March 4th, 2016

The SQUIRREL / 3rdHand Winter School on Manipulation in Clutter took place 29.2. - 4.3.2016 in Obergurgl, Austria. This second SQUIRREL school was jointly organised with the team from the 3rdHand project (http://3rdhandrobot.eu). 20 participants convened in the winter resort of Obergurl in Tirol, listening to a range of interesting talks from five lecturers: Robert Platt (Northeastern University), Giampiero Salvi (KTH), Manuel Lopes (INRIA), Peter Roth (Austrian Institute of Technology), Yasemin Bekiroglu (University of Birmingham). Next to talks and lively discussions, participants enjoyed the lovely winter landscape, hiking and skiing.

Winter School

Announcement: AAAI workshop on Planning for Hybrid Systems

February 13th, 2016

Daniele Magazzeni (KCL), Scott Sanner, Sylvie Thiebaux will organize the AAAI workshop on Planning for Hybrid Systems in Phoenix.

Vanessa Evers presents at the World Economic Forum Davos

January 17th-20th, 2016

Vanessa Evers presented her research and ideas at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Videos can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvgH-p6-Dt0 (The rise of social robotics, ~5min) and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4fTOSpUxs (Issue Briefing: Infusing Emotional Intelligence into AI, ~40min).

Justus Piater invited speaker at ICCV workshop

December 17th, 2015

Justus Piater is an invited speaker at the 1st International Workshop on Recovering 6D Object Pose, at ICCV in December 2015.

SQUIRREL at the Lange Nacht der Technik (Long Night of Technology) at the TGM in Vienna

October 8th, 2015

The TGM, one of the top HTL (Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt) in Vienna, in cooperation with the Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA), organises the Lange Nacht der Technik (Long Night of Technology) to bring scientists in direct contact with students. The event invites visitors of all ages to learn about teaching and research at the TGM, presenting research projects by TGM students, invited scientific talks, and offering workshops from biotechnology to robotics. Furthermore Universities and companies present latest research projects. SQUIRREL will be present with the Robotino and demonstrates controlling a mobile robot with gestures.

For more information see http://langenachtdertechnik.pria.at

Announcement: seminar at Dagstuhl

October 5th-10th, 2015

Justus Piater (UIBK) organizes Dagstuhl Seminar 15411 on Multimodal Manipulation Under Uncertainty.

Announcement: SQUIRREL project presentation booth at IROS in Hamburg

September 29th - October 1st, 2015

The SQUIRREL project proudly announces to feature an information booth at IROS 2015 in Hamburg. Visitors will be able to get in contact with the project people, watch current videos on the project, and see a demonstration of the metamorphic hand developed within SQUIRREL.

IROS Booth IROS Booth IROS Booth

Justus Piater invited speaker IROS 2015 workshop

September 28th, 2015

Justus Piater is an invited speaker at the workshop on Learning Object Affordances: A fundamental step to allow prediction, planning and tool use in autonomous robots, at IROS in September 2015.

SQUIRREL TV broadcast on ORF

September 19th, 2015

SQUIRREL appeared in the TV documentary series "Newton" on ORF (Austrian national TV), about robotics and AI, on Sept 19.

Justus Piater invited speaker at ICAR 2015 workshop

July 31st, 2015

Justus Piater is an invited speaker at the workshop on Robot Learning, Bottom-up and top-down development of robot skills at ICAR in July 2015.

RSS 2015 workshop on Learning Reusable Concepts in Robotics

July 16th, 2015

Justus Piater is organizing, with Tamim Asfour (KIT), the workshop on Learning Reusable Concepts in Robotics at RSS in July 2015.

Justus Piater invited speaker at ICRA 2015 workshop

May 30th, 2015

Justus Piater is an invited speaker at the workshop on Robotic Hands, Grasping, and Manipulation May 30, 2015, at ICRA 2015 in Seattle.

SQUIRREL in Die Presse

May 15th, 2015

SQUIRREL appeared in the weekend edition of Die Presse, one of the major Austrian newspapers.

Link to the online article (German) http://diepresse.com/home/science/4732327/Mit-Kenny-macht-Aufraeumen-Spass?from=suche.intern.portal

SQUIRREL news item in NRC: I want a robot that understands me

April 25th, 2015

Vanessa Evers was interviewed by a major Dutch newspaper NRC about social robots and the Squirrel project, see link (in Dutch).

Link to the online article (in Dutch) http://www.nrc.nl/handelsblad/2015/04/25/ik-wil-een-robot-die-me-begrijpt-1487764

SQUIRREL news item in Stuttgarter Zeitung

April 13th, 2015

A news item on the SQUIRREL project and Care-O-bot 4 was published in the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.stuttgarter-zeitung.de/inhalt.technik-ordnung-im-kinderzimmer.5654fec0-692d-4a9c-8887-73aafa08f31c.html

SQUIRREL news item at tagesschau.de

April 6th, 2015

The SQUIRREL project was thematized in the humorous column "Schlusslicht" at the website of Germany's premier public TV station ARD.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.tagesschau.de/schlusslicht/squirrel-kinderzimmer-101.html

SQUIRREL on radioeins.de

April 4th, 2015

Michael Zillich was interviewed about SQUIRREL by German radio station radioeins.de.

Link to the online program (German) http://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/die_profis/archivierte_sendungen/beitraege/roboter-raeumt-kinderzimmer-auf.html

SQUIRREL in Salzburger Nachrichten

April 1st, 2015

The SQUIRREL project and its technical ambitions have been published in the Salzburger Nachrichten, a major Austrian newspaper.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.salzburg.com/nachrichten/rubriken/besteimmobilien/wohnen-leben/sn/artikel/dieser-roboter-raeumt-auf-144065

Best of the Best in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 for Care-O-bot 4

March 30th, 2015

We’re glad to announce that this year’s RedDot judging panel awarded the product design of Care-O-bot 4 with the prize. As only 1,6 percent of all applications, Care-O-bot 4 received the recognition "Best of the Best”.

SQUIRREL news item at golem.de

March 25th, 2015

The SQUIRREL project and its technical ambitions have been published at golem.de, a popular webpage on latest technology news.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.golem.de/news/projekt-squirrel-der-roboter-soll-das-kinderzimmer-aufraeumen-1503-113167.html

SQUIRREL news item at computerwelt.at

March 24th, 2015

An online article about the SQUIRREL project and its technical ambitions has been posted at computerwelt.at.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.computerwelt.at/news/wirtschaft-politik/forschung-wissenschaft/detail/artikel/110363-roboter-raeumt-kinderzimmer-auf

SQUIRREL news item at TU Wien News

March 24th, 2015

An online article about the SQUIRREL project and its technical ambitions has been posted at TU Wien News.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.tuwien.ac.at/aktuelles/news_detail/article/9367

SQUIRREL news item in Badische Zeitung

March 21st, 2015

The newspaper Badische Zeitung has featured an article about the SQUIRREL project.

Link to the online article (German) http://www.badische-zeitung.de/ratgeber/bildungwissen/freiburger-forscher-basteln-an-haushaltshelfern-von-morgen

SQUIRREL at the Lange Nacht der Technik (Long Night of Technology) at the TGM in Vienna

January 29th, 2015

The TGM, one of the top HTL (Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt) in Vienna, in cooperation with the Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA), organises the Lange Nacht der Technik (Long Night of Technology) to bring scientists in direct contact with students. The event invites visitors of all ages to learn about teaching and research at the TGM, presenting research projects by TGM students, invited scientific talks, and offering workshops from biotechnology to robotics. Furthermore Universities and companies present latest research projects. SQUIRREL will be present with the Robotino and demonstrates controlling a mobile robot with gestures.

For more information see http://langenachtdertechnik.pria.at

Care-O-bot 4 is out there

January 15th, 2015

Care-O-bot® is the product vision of a mobile robot assistant to actively support humans in domestic environments. The meanwhile fourth generation of this successful development series is more agile and modular than its predecessors and offers various ways of interaction. The enhanced agility of Care-O-bot 4 is owed to the patented spherical joints around discreet pivot points on its neck and hips. They extend the robot's working space and allow 360 degree rotations of head and torso.

Previous investigations have shown that social ways of interaction are essential for the acceptance of interactive service robots. As with previous generations, social role models were used as a guiding vision in developing the design and functionality. Using the display integrated in its head and based on the current situation, Care-O-bot 4 is able to display different atmospheres. While the concept for the Care-O-bot 3 was a more reserved, cautious butler, its successor is as courteous, friendly, and affable as a gentleman.

Within SQUIRREL we will port the intermediate results from the scientific work packages to our second demonstrator platform Care-O-bot 4 in order to assess reusability of the developed components.

For more information see http://www.care-o-bot-4.de

Care-O-bot 4 Care-O-bot 4

SQUIRREL at the Junge Uni Aktionstag 2014

November 7th, 2015

The Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) group from UIBK will participate in the "Junge Uni Aktionstag 2014" ("Young University Open Day 2014") on November 7th, 2014 together with other research groups from this university. IIS will present the SQUIRREL Robotino robot to pupils from Innsbruck. The initiative "Junge Uni" wants to awake joy of science and research in children and adolescents. Seven to sixteen year olds will have the opportunity to see some small tasks and to interact playfully with the robot.

For more information see http://www.uibk.ac.at/jungeuni

Announcement: Workshop on Affordances 2.0: Visual Perception of Affordances and Functional Visual Primitives for Scene Analysis

ECCV 2014, Zurich, Switzerland; Sept. 7, 2014

The workshop will focus on vision related problems and applications of affordances, the visual primitives grounded in the "functionality" of objects. We extend you a warm invitation to attend and participate at the workshop.

Further details can be found at http://affordances.info/workshops/ECCV.html.

Announcement and call for papers: 3rd Workshop on Robots in Clutter - Perception and Interaction in Clutter

IROS 2014, Chicago, Illinois; Sept. 18, 2014

We are organising the 3rd Workshop on Robots in Clutter in conjunction with IROS 2014 in Chicago. Deadline for submission of papers and extended abstracts is July 25th (extended!).

Check the webpage http://workshops.acin.tuwien.ac.at/clutter2014 for more details.

July, 21 - 25, 2014: 1st SQUIRREL Summer School in Freiburg

July, 21 - 25, 2014 in Freiburg

This year's summer school feataures excellent invited lectures: Tamim Asfour, KIT; Tom Duckett, Univ. of Lincoln; Cyrill Stachniss, Univ. of Freiburg (now Bonn); and Paul Furgale, ETHZ). Guided by an initial workshop on software integration participants will then put their knowledge to use in hands-on work on our Robotino robots to solve an actual simplified clean-up task.

For more details see here

June 2014: The robots arrived!

June 2014

FESTO Robotino robots have been delivered to 3 partners. Now all that's missing is an arm ...

FESTO Robotino robot

February 24 - 25, 2014: SQUIRREL kick-off in Freiburg

February 24 - 25, 2014
SQUIRREL group photo