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Neuroinformatics and
Cognitive Robotics Lab

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Cognitive Robotics Lab
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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst-Michael Groß

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Title: AdaptabLe AmbIent Living ASsistent
Duration:01.07.2010 - 30.06.2013
Funding:EC - European Commission
BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
TMBWK - Freistaat Thüringen - Thüringer Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur
Teilprojekt SENSIBEL: HäuSlichE Navigation im SozIalen Kontext Betreuungsbedürftiger BEwohner im aLtersgerechten Umfeld
Teilprojekt POLITE: AdaPtiOn von Navigationsstrategien mobiler Roboter im häusLIchen Umfeld bezüglich alTErsgerechter Nutzermotivation
Project Partner:TU München, Lehrstuhl für Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation (Coordinator)
Associated Partners:see here
Project Manager:Prof. Dr. Horst-Michael Groß
Staff:Dipl.-Inf. Jens Keßler
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The ALIAS project aims at developing a mobile robot system that interacts with elderly, alone-living users providing assistance in daily life and promoting social inclusion by creating connections to other people and events in the wider world. The function of ALIAS is not to replace human-to-human contacts, but rather, to keep the user linked to the wide society. This way ALIAS will try to reduce loneliness and improve the users' quality of life. For maintaining memory and reminding capabilities of the elderly, the robot is to individually motivate its users to periodically carry out cognitive training exercises. Partner Ilmenau University of Technology will contribute to the ALIAS project by developing new approaches to a socially acceptable navigation behavior allowing the assistive robot to move courteously and politely in the home environment in order to reduce resentments and increase the users' acceptance to autonomous mobile robots.



Kessler, J., Iser, D., Gross, H.-M.
I'll Keep You in Sight: Finding a Good Position to Observe a Person.
in: Proc. IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012), Vilamoura, Portugal, pp. 4392-4398, IEEE 2012 (nominated for CoTeSys Best-paper Award)

Kessler, J., Strobel, J., Gross, H.-M.
Using a Spatio-Temporal FastMarching Planner to Politely Avoid Moving Persons.
in: Proc. Autonomous Mobile Systems (AMS 2012), Stuttgart, Germany, Informatik aktuell, pp. 59-67, Springer Verlag 2012

Kessler, J., Strobel, J., Gross, H.-M.
Avoiding Moving Persons by Using Simple Trajectory Prediction and Spatio Temporal Planning.
in: Proc. 35th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2012), Saarbrücken, Germany, LNCS 7526, pp. 85-96, Springer 2012


Kessler, J., Schröter, Ch., Gross, H.-M.
Approaching a Person in a Socially Acceptable Manner Using a Fast Marching planner.
in: Proc. 2011 International Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Applications (ICIRA 2011), Aachen, Germany, pp. 368-377, Springer 2011 

Kessler, J., Scheidig, A., Gross, H.-M.
Approaching a Person in a Socially Acceptable Manner Using Expanding Random Trees. 
in: Proc. 5th European Conference on Mobile Robots (ECMR 2011), Orebro, Sweden, pp. 95-100