Marcus Kleinehagenbrock

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In order to enable the widespread use of robots in home and office environments, systems with natural interaction capabilities have to be developed. A prerequisite for natural interaction is the robot's ability to automatically recognize when and how long a person's attention is directed towards it for communication. As in open environments several persons(More)
In the recent past, service robots that are able to interact with humans in a natural way have become increasingly popular. A special kind of service robots that are designed for personal use at home are the so-called robot companions. They are expected to communicate with non-expert users in natural and intuitive way. For such natural interactions with(More)
Several advanced driver assistance systems realizing elementary perception and analysis tasks have been introduced to market in recent years. For example, collision mitigation brake systems detect the distance and relative velocity of vehicles in front to assess the risk of a rear-end collision in a clearly defined following situation. In order to go beyond(More)
Building a mobile service robot for home and office environments that incorporates skilled interaction capabilities is a challenging task. The control system has to consider various demands: first, it has to manage unstructured and dynamic environments. Second, as humans are around, aspects of safety are of particular importance. This implies that the(More)
The development of robot companions with nat ural human-robot interaction (HRI) capabilities is a challeng ing task as it requires incorporating various functionalities. Consequently, a flexible infrastructure for controlling module operation and data exchange between modules is proposed, taking into account insights from software system integration. This(More)
One ambitious goal in current robotics research is to build robots that can interact with humans in an intuitive way and can do so outside the lab in real world situations and environments such as private homes or public places. Toy robots like, e.g., Sony's AIBO are already being sold successfully for entertainment purposes, but they usually lack(More)
Research on computer vision systems for driver assistance resulted in a variety of isolated approaches mainly performing very specialized tasks like, e. g., lane keeping or traffic sign detection. However, for a full understanding of generic traffic situations, integrated and flexible approaches are needed. We here present a highly integrated vision(More)