Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

A researcher from the Universidad de Granada has created a system which makes robots ‘see’ people and interact with them

13.12.2007
Although there have been great improvements in the field of robotics in the last fifty years, much work remains in order to introduce androids into our daily life.

Rafael Muñoz Salinas, a researcher from de Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence of the University of Granada, is the author of a doctoral thesis which represents a major improvement in the interaction between robots and human beings. His study, entitled ‘Soft-Computing and Computer Vision Techniques Applied to Autonomous robot navigation and Human-robot Interaction’, has managed to develop a series of perception-motor skills which notably improve the natural interaction between robots and human users.

“The aim of our study is to make robots the most accessible tools in our homes and work places", explains Rafael Muñoz, “and for this reason, it is necessary to develop techniques which help to increase the level of autonomy of mobile robots”. For this, it is fundamental to minimize human intervention, in order to introduce robots into our lives.

The work performed at the UGR has made it possible to combine the use of vision techniques, as well as flexible computation applied to navigation and perception problems, in order to give robots better movement skills.

“Our second objective is related to the development of perception-motor skills which give mobile robots basic skills of natural interaction”, states Rafael Muñoz. “Because, although robots have to be able to act autonomously, “their purpose is always to serve human beings”.

Interaction
The study carried out at the UGR has made it possible for a robot to detect humans and interact with them rather than consider them mere obstacles. “The most important aspect is that this communication has to be natural. The use of screens, keyboards or mice in order to communicate can be a limitation when we try to introduce robots into our daily life. It is better to use communication mechanisms more similar to the ones human beings use, such as visual communication, voice, gestures, etc.”, explains the researcher.

The improvements achieved in this field have contributed to the first attempts to use mobile robots in a wide rage of applications in our daily life, such as personal robots, robot pets, guide robots in museums and personal robot assistants for the disabled or elderly.

University of Granada | alfa
Further information:
http://prensa.ugr.es/prensa/research/index.php

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Equipping form with function
23.06.2017 | Institute of Science and Technology Austria

nachricht Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity
23.06.2017 | Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

New 3-D model predicts best planting practices for farmers

26.06.2017 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

New research reveals impact of seismic surveys on zooplankton

26.06.2017 | Life Sciences

Correct connections are crucial

26.06.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>