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Technische Universität Ilmenau

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The research of the Department of Neuroinformatics and Cognitive Robotics is focused on the development of behavior-oriented sensorimotor systems, especially mobile robots, with lifelong learning capabilities to adapt perception and behavioral control to changing environmental conditions. Behaviors considered are especially from the areas of
  • visually guided mobile robot navigation and
  • multi-modal interaction between semi-autonomous agents and human users.

Against this background, the methodological research activities of the department are focused on the following areas:

  • Evolution and organization of navigation- and interaction-behaviors in multi-modal Human-Robot systems
  • Probabilistic and neural techniques for mobile robot navigation, self-localization, and Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI)
  • Vision-based, non-verbal Human-Robot-Interaction by means of gestures, head and eye gaze, facial expression, and body language
  • On-line learning within the "Action-Perception Cycle" (Reinforcement Learning)
  • Life-long learning handling the Stability-Plasticity Dilemma
  • Dynamical organization of behaviors in Multi-Agent Systems (MAS)
  • Task-relevant visual and auditory attention
  • Generative character of perception - as internal simulation of hypothetical actions and anticipation of their sensory consequences

In the department's research, the following application fields are of particular interest:

  • Autonomous and interaction-based robots in concrete "Real-World"- applications (Service robots, entertainment and education robots, etc.)
  • Vision-based Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) for interactive robots
  • Robust person detection, tracking and recognition in real-world video-data streams
  • Visually-guided, self-optimizing process control for combustion processes

The robotics equipment of the department consists of:

  • Three mobile robot SCITOS
  • One mobile robot PERSES (PERsonalSErvice System - based on a B21-platform)
  • Two mobile robots HOROS 1+2 (HOme RObot System - based on Pioneer II-platforms)
  • One mobile robot MILVA (Multi-sensory Intelligent Learning Vehicle with Autonomy)
  • Seven miniature robots KHEPERA

Product Range

  • Mobile robot research: Field and service robots
  • Mobile robot research: Navigation systems
  • Mobile robot research: Perception systems
  • Mobile robot research: Service robot
  • Research in the field of robotics
  • Research: Machine learning
  • Research: Neural network research
  • Robotics research: Autonomous robots
  • Robotics research: Human pose and action recognition
  • Robotics research: Human robot interaction
  • Robotics research: Human-machine interaction
  • Robotics research: Visual interface for human-robot interaction