With the two research institutes CoR-Lab and CITEC, Bielefeld University exhibit at the HANNOVER MESSE from 4 to 8 April 2011. The exhibition is located on the OstWestfalenLippe stand in Hall 16, Stand A 04.
In recognition of France as this year's Partner Country of the HANNOVER MESSE, Bielefeld's scientists are exhibiting the EU project HUMAVIPS "Humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces" under the motto "Science to business". Yesterday, on the opening day of the HANNOVER MESSE, they held a joint press conference with the project's industrial partner, Aldebaran Robotics from France:
Aldebaran Robotics Launches Educational Partnership with the Bielefeld University
The renowned Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) chooses NAO humanoid robots for research and education Aldebaran Robotics, the world-leading European humanoid robotics company, held a press conference at the opening day of the Hannover Messe to announce its Educational Partnership Program with Bielefeld University. Professors Jochen Steil and Doctor Britta Wrede of the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) at Bielefeld University explained how NAO humanoid robots are used in their hands-on laboratory for school student teutolab-robotik (education to complement standard school curriculum). They also presented results using NAO humanoid robots as part of the EU project HUMAVIPS (Humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces), which aims to endow humanoid robots with audiovisual abilities including exploration, recognition, and interaction, such that they exhibit adequate behavior when dealing with a group of people.
In the evening the Minister of Ministry for Economy, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of the State North-Rhine-Westphalia, Harry K. Voigtsberger visited the booth and inquired for the innovative steps in Bielefeld's research.
In the context of the career entry fair <perspektive> 2010 at Bielefeld University, junior scientists presented exciting research and development projects at the [science fair]. PhD student Stefan Ruether presented recent work on CoR-Lab's FlexIRob approach, a prototype robotics system combining machine learning and human machine interaction in an industrial co-worker scenario, and won the transfer prize in the category intelligent systems.
FlexIRob allows fast reconfiguration of a compliant and redundant industrial robot in a few minutes, while no special robotic skills are needed by the user. Re-configuration is achieved by exploration of the task space in physical interaction between the user and the robot. After this exploration and training of a recurrent neural network controller, the system is ready to use and allows execution of user-defined trajectories in task space even in untrained areas. The fast reprogramming without special programming and robotic skills, the ability to generalize over unexplored areas of the workspace and the applicability in industrial scenarios were awarded by the [science fair]-jury. The transfer-prize is sponsored by Ferchau Engineering GmbH and very much appreciated by CoR-Lab's FlexIRob team, namely Michael Johannfunke, Andre Lemme, Arne Nordmann, Stefan Ruether, Alicia Weirich as well as Dr. Sebastian Wrede and Prof. Jochen Steil.
Bielefeld University participated at the 4th International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics in Munich for the first time. Both CoR-Lab and CITEC presented many different exhibits of the cutting edge field Interactive Intelligent Systems to an international public at their stands in Hall A2. Their stands' features included the vitual agent VINCE, the anthropromorphic robot head Flobi, Bielefeld's mobile robot platform BIRON and the new CoR-Lab project FlexIRob.
On the last day of the fair two groups of school students from Germany caught up on the education at the technical faculty at Bielefeld University.
19. - 23. April Hannover Messe 2010: CoR-Lab presented together with CITEC "Interactive Intelligent Systems at Bielefeld University" at the international industry fair in Hanover. During the partner country Italy of this year not only the Light Weight Robot from KUKA Roboter was exhibited at the stand of Bielefeld University, but also an interactive exhibit on innovative drives was presented. The Instituto Italiano Di Technologia (IIT) in Genua develops it in the context of the cooperative EU-project AMARSi (Adaptive Modular Architectures for Rich Motor Skills). The stand was located at the common stand of the innovation network OWL in mechanical engineering (OWL Maschinenbau e. V.) at Hall 16, Stand A04.
The Mayor of Bielefeld Mr. Pit Clausen (on the right in this picture) and the Minister for Economics Affairs and Energy of the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia Mrs. Christa Thoben visited our stand and inquired about the advances in that high techology field.
Yesterday, the 4th November 2009, a compliant robot of the next generation started the regionally fair Forum Maschinenbau (FMB) in Bad Salzuflen. The Light Weight Robot LBR from KUKA Roboter is one of the platforms at the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) at Bielefeld University.
Klaus Meyer, Hans-Jürgen Alt, Peter H. Meyer, apl. Prof. Jochen J. Steil, Rolf Struppek and Gabriele Nitsch (f.l.t.r.) Source: Survey