Luis Calderita

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This paper presents RoboComp, an open-source componentoriented robotics framework. Ease of use and low development effort has proven to be two of the key issues to take into account when building frameworks. Due to the crucial role of development tools in these questions, this paper deeply describes the tools that make RoboComp more than just a middleware.(More)
—Developing a simple multimodal interaction game with a 31 dof's mobile manipulator can become a challenging enterprise. A conceptually simple task quickly unfolds into a rather complex ensemble of driver-oriented, framework-based, software-enabled, state-machine controlled mechatronics. In this paper we propose a multimodal interaction game designed to(More)
Exploiting the use-dependent plasticity of our neuromuscular system, neuro-rehabilitation therapies are devised to help patients that suffer from injuries or diseases in this system, such as those caused by brain damage before or during birth or in the first years of life (e.g. due to cerebral palsy or obstetric brachial plexus palsy). These therapies take(More)
Motion capture systems have recently experienced a strong evolution. New cheap depth sensors and open source frameworks, such as OpenNI, allow for perceiving human motion on-line without using invasive systems. However, these proposals do not evaluate the validity of the obtained poses. This paper addresses this issue using a model-based pose generator to(More)
Enabling autonomous mobile manipulators to collaborate with people is a challenging research field with a wide range of applications. Collaboration means working with a partner to reach a common goal and it involves performing both, individual and joint actions, with her. Human-robot collaboration requires, at least, two conditions to be efficient: a) a(More)
One of the long-term objectives of artificial cognition is that robots will increasingly be capable of interacting with their human counterparts in open-ended tasks that can change over time. To achieve this end, the robot should be able to acquire and internalize new knowledge from human-robot interaction, online. This implies that the robot should attend(More)
This paper describes the genesis of Gualzru, a robot commissioned by a large Spanish technological company to provide advertisement services in open public spaces. Gualzru has to stand by at an interactive panel observing the people passing by and, at some point, select a promising candidate and approach her to initiate a conversation. After a small verbal(More)
Over the past decades, the number of robots deployed in museums, trade shows and exhibitions have grown steadily. This new application domain has become a key research topic in the robotics community. Therefore, new robots are designed to interact with people in these domains, using natural and intuitive channels. Visual perception and speech processing(More)
Robots require a close coupling of perception and action. Cognitive robots go beyond this to require a further coupling with cognition. From the perspective of robotics, this coupling generally emphasizes a tightly integrated perceptuomotor system, which is then loosely connected to some limited form of cognitive system such as a planner. At the other end,(More)