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The properties of multimodality, individuality, adaptability, availability, cooperativeness and trustworthiness are at the focus of the investigation of Companion Systems. In this article, we describe the involved key components of such a system and the way they interact with each other. Along with the article comes a video, in which we demonstrate a fully(More)
In various social, work-related, or educational contexts, an increasing demand for intelligent assistance systems can be observed. In this paper, we present a domain-independent approach that combines a number of planning and interaction components to realize advanced user assistance. Based on a hybrid planning formalism, the components provide facilities(More)
We prove a new complexity result for Partial-Order Causal-Link (POCL) planning which shows the hardness of refining a search node (i.e., a partial plan) to a valid solution given a delete effect-free domain model. While the corresponding decision problem is known to be polynomial in state-based search (where search nodes are states), it turns out to be(More)
It has been estimated that in urban scenarios up to 30% of the traffic is due to vehicles looking for a free parking space. Thanks to recent technological evolutions, it is now possible to have at least a partial coverage of real-time data of parking space availability, and some preliminary mobile services are able to guide drivers towards free parking(More)
Human-computer trust has shown to be a critical factor in influencing the complexity and frequency of interaction in technical systems. Particularly incomprehensible situations in human-computer interaction may lead to a reduced users trust in the system and by that influence the style of interaction. Analogous to human-human interaction, explaining these(More)
This study was implemented to evaluate the potential of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) technology to estimate chemical composition of dried press cake samples characterised by a wide range of parent materials. A total of 210 samples, derived from two studies on production of solid fuels from agricultural crops by application of the IFBB(More)
Modern technical devices are often too complex for many users to be able to use them to their full extent. Based on planning technology, we are able to provide advanced user assistance for operating technical devices. We present a system that assists a human user in setting up a complex home theater consisting of several HiFi devices. For a human user, the(More)
Planning models usually do not discriminate between different possible execution orders of the actions within a plan, as long as the sequence remains executable. As the formal planning problem is an abstraction of the real world, it can very well occur that one lineariza-tion is more favorable than the other for reasons not captured by the planning model —(More)
Cost for clinical treatments has been continuously increasing during the last several years. With 10.8% of GNP in 2003 it became the highest in Europe [1]. In order to overcome this problem, in 2004 reimbursements of hospital services based on disease patterns were introduced by the German government [2]. Under these new reimbursement rules hospitals are no(More)