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Categorization of objects solely based on shape and appearance is still a largely unresolved issue. With the advent of new sensor technologies, such as consumer-level range sensors, new possibilities for shape processing have become available for a range of new application domains. In the first part of this paper, we introduce a novel, large dataset(More)
This paper describes application areas for mobile service robots in offshore oil and gas producing environments, requirements and restrictions for the use of the robots together with a first prototype and its evaluation in a field test. The field of offshore oil and gas production is analyzed in the first part to identify possible application scenarios for(More)
Technical aids allow elderly and handicapped people to live independently in their private homes as long as they wish. As a contribution to these required technological solutions, a demonstrator platform for a mobile home care system – called Care-O-bot – was designed and implemented by Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart. Care-O-bot is a mobile service robot which(More)
This work presents a flexible path planning method for nonholonomic mobile robots. An intelligent planner based on a static map of the robot’s environment has been developed. It comprises the possibility to set current robot properties on the fly and can therefore be used for many different mobile robots. The generated path is smoothened and eventually(More)
Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal of Human-Robot Interaction right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. In this article, we describe the development of(More)
SRS is a European research project for building robust personal assistant robots using ROS (Robotic Operating System) and Care-O-bot (COB) 3 as the initial demonstration platform. In this paper, experience gained while building the SRS system is presented. A main contribution of the paper is the SRS autonomous control framework. The framework is divided(More)