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Robot-aided care for handicapped and elderly people is expected to be a key factor in future building automation. Teams of specialized service robots shall assist autonomously in tasks of everyday life. To fulfill the demands of this application field, robotic design has to face new challenges in behavioral design. In this paper a new approach for a general(More)
Due to liberalization processes initiated on Japan's power market since 2000, a significant higher congestion on the power grid is expected entailing a higher vulnerability to shortages. With increasing aspirations on power supply security, an interaction with the demand side has become inevitable to reduce the congestion without the need for new generation(More)
KNIVES (Keio University Network oriented Intelligent and Versatile Energy saving System) is an IT based system, designed for Japanese power grids, that supports efficient control and balanced power supply. As KNIVES focuses on the integration of a vast numbers of end-users, it provides the necessary scalability, reliability, and dynamic adaptability. The(More)
This paper describes with the design of a communication network necessary for demand response systems adapted to the requirements of the Japanese power grid. Based on KNIVES controllers and network devices an exemplary redundant hierarchical tree structure is proposed to meet high demands on reliability, scalability and dynamic adaptability in order to be(More)
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