EU Robotics Week 2011
The European Robotics Week offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. The local event in Graz will take place at Friday, December 2, 2011, from 13h to 17h at the Inffeldgasse campus (Inffeldgasse 16) of Graz University of Technology.
The exhibition will be held in conjunction with other experienced research organizations in the area of robotics, including TU Graz, FH Joanneum and Joanneum Research. The common event date and location provides an excellent opportunity to get an overview of the robotics community in Graz.
The Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision (ICG) at Graz University of Technology performs research on computer vision for aerial and industrial robotics. We will demonstrate visual navigation and 3D reconstruction for micro aerial vehicles (quad-rotor and octo-rotor helicopters), as well as an industrial robot that automatically solves jigsaw puzzles using computer vision.
The Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing (EMT) at Graz University of Technology performs research in "active cognition" on humanoid robots. They will demonstrate various key elements of active cognition using the humanoid robot Nao. Their demonstrations include active object categorization, autonomous grasping of objects, and finding a path through an unknown environment.
The Institute for Software Technology conducts research to develop dependable autonomous robots. The key interest is automated diagnosis and repair of hardware, software, algorithms and knowledge used by robots. During the demo they will show how a robot robust and safely can react on unexpected situations. Moreover, the visitors will have the opartunity to play a board game such as nine mens morris against a robot.
JR-DIGITAL-FER performs research in the area of planetary robotics and is actually coordinating an FP7-SPACE project (PRoViScout) . They will present the PRoViScout concept and results from the PRoViScout Field Test on the island of Tenerife. JR-DIGITAL-MVA performs research in dense 3D reconstruction. They show the efficient (real time) and accurate generation of dense environments models using low-cost sensors for autonomous robotic navigation tasks.