For the fifth time, the MLSS takes place in Tübingen
Cédric de Crousaz and Julian Viereck receive the ETH Medal for their outstanding Master Theses
at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation
The paper "Probabilistic Articulated Real-Time Tracking for Robot Manipulation" by Cristina Garcia Cifuentes, Jan Issac, Manuel Wüthrich, Stefan Schaal and Jeannette Bohg was finalist for the Best Robotic Vision paper at the 2017 IEEE/RAS International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
Robust and real-time Bayesian articulated object tracking methods, implemented in C++ and CUDA.
We release open-source code and data sets on Bayesian articulated object tracking. The library contains approaches towards problems ranging from single object tracking to full robot arm pose estimation. The data sets allow the quantitative evaluation of alternative approaches thanks to accurate ground-truth annotations.
An elastic membrane covered with tiny fibres paired with a pressure differential enables a new soft gripper system with a high adhesion performance even on curved surfaces
Robots generally need a gripper that adapts to three-dimensional surfaces. Such a gripper needs to be soft to adapt to a great variety of geometries, but not too soft, as it will detach easily and not be able to bear weight for very long. Researchers working with Metin Sitti at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart developed a membrane equipped with microscopic fibres inspired by the fine hairs on a gecko's foot and attached it to a suction cup-like flexible body. An internal pressure differential ensures perfect conformation of the flexible gripper to a wide variety of surfaces and equally distributes the load over the entire contact interface. As a result, the researchers suppressed load induced stress concentrations at the edges, which strongly reduced the adhesion. The gripper demonstrates a 14-times higher adhesion than grippers without this load sharing mechanism.
Opening of the exibition: Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Schloß Hohentübingen (free entrance)
The exhibition in the Museum Ancient Cultures (Hohentübingen Castle) will focus on the most important steps of humankind. Our institute supports the last part of the exibition "Origin of digital innovation" with a Nao robot and the Mosh Camera App.
The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize is recognized as the most important science award in Germany to early career researchers. It was awarded May 3rd, 2017 in Berlin.
Hosted this time by Jeannette Bohg