Nomination for EU’s Innovation Radar Prize 2016

The Innovation Radar is an initiative of the European Commission focused on the identification of high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in FP7, CIP and Horizon 2020 projects. It supports innovators by suggesting a range of targeted actions to assist them in fulfilling their potential in the market.

openEASE, as a novel cloud-based knowledge service which helps robots to accomplish vaguely stated actions by filling in missing knowledge pieces on demand, is a candidate for this award in the category of Industrial & Enabling Tech.

For more information, you can visit our award profile. You also have the chance of voting for us as your favorite innovator in this profile.

New RoboHow and ACAT experiments

We are happy to announce that we have added new experiment data for several experiments that were performed recently at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI) of the University Bremen. The experiments were performed in the context of the RoboHow and ACAT projects.

The RoboHow Pizza Experiment

The RoboHow pizza experiment consisted of three actions centered around preparing a pizza.

  1. Fetching and placing tools, ingredients and the finished pizza
  2. Rolling out the dough
  3. Placing the toppings

These actions were done by two collaborating robots in our laboratory. The first one is Raphael, our PR2 from Willow Garage, extended to have a Microsoft Kinect-2 as its main perception device. The second one is Boxy, a robot designed in-house with two KUKA LWR-4+ manipulators, a holonomic platform using mecanum wheels, a movable torso, and two parallel-finger grippers. Raphael, the PR2 robot, was in charge of fetching and bringing tools and ingredients to Boxy, who manipulated the pizza dough, and added the pizza ingredients. After the robots were finished, a person comes into the scene, and places the tray with the pizza into the oven for baking it.

We provide different knowledge bases for these experiments through our web platform.

  1. Placing toppings performed by humans
  2. Placing toppings performed in a simulation environment
  3. Fetching and placing tools and ingredients performed by our PR2 robot
  4. Rolling out the dough performed by our Boxy robot

The ACAT Chemistry Experiment

The ACAT chemistry experiment centered around robotic assistants in chemistry labs. The experiment consisted of different actions  performed by Raphael, our PR2 robot.

  1.  Fetching and placing of chemistry tools
  2. Pipetting of liquids
  3. Screwing and unscrewing of bottle and tube caps

As usual, the Knowledge Base for this experiment is accessible through our web platform.

New experiments added

Data from several experiments are now available online. This includes “Long-term fetch & place“, “Humans setting the table“, “Robot performing chemical experiments“, “Acquiring everyday manipulation skills through games” and “Safe human-robot activity“. Access experiment information through the Data, Knowledge & Tools column of the openEASE homepage.

openEASE release

We are very happy to release the new openEASE Website. This project is associated with the Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IAI) of the University Bremen. If you want to learn more about the functionality of this website, please check out the Introduction video on our front page.