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—In this paper we report on a recent public experiment that shows two robots making pancakes using web instructions. In the experiment, the robots retrieve instructions for making pancakes from the World Wide Web and generate robot action plans from the instructions. This task is jointly performed by two autonomous robots: The first robot opens and closes… (More)
— This paper introduces the Assistive Kitchen as a comprehensive demonstration and challenge scenario for technical cognitive systems. We describe its hardware and software infrastructure. Within the Assistive Kitchen application, we select particular domain activities as research subjects and identify the cognitive capabilities needed for perceiving,… (More)
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic zoonosis caused by protozoans of the genus Leishmania transmitted by insects known as phlebotomines, which are found in wild or urban environments. The disease occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas, mainly in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. At present, there is no effective treatment for this disease. In the search… (More)
The effective development and deployment of complex and heterogeneous ubiquitous computing applications is hindered by the lack of a comprehensive middleware infrastructure: interfaces to sensors are company specific and sometimes even product specific. Typically, these interfaces also do not sustain the development of robust systems that make use of sensor… (More)
— In this paper we report on a use case of networked sensing technologies in the context of smart homes and specifically the kitchen as scenario for our research. We adapt, use and extend an existing middleware originating from robotics for pervasive computing. We report on initial results towards context recognition in this sensor enriched environment.
We report on approaches for context-awareness in a kitchen environment. Two devices, an augmented cutting board and a sensor-enriched knife, enable the environment to determine the type of food handled during the preparation of meals.
Robotic grasping in an open environment requires both object-specific as well as general grasping skills. When the objects are previously known it is possible to employ techniques that exploit object models, like geometrical grasping simulators. On the other hand, a competent system will also be able to deal with unmodeled objects using general solutions.… (More)
— Standardized middleware for autonomous robot control has proven itself to enable faster deployment of robots, to make robot control code more interchangeable, and experiments easier to replicate. Unfortunately, the support provided by current middleware is in most cases limited to what current robots do: navigation. However, as we tackle more ambitious… (More)