Robert Stevens will be joining Swarmlab for an internship in September 2014.
Robert has studied electronics for nine years now. (Two years on a vmbo (preparatory secondary vocational education), four years on a MBO (Intermediate Vocational Education) and three years on a HBO (university of applied sciences). Some of the projects on which he has worked on are: Making filters for the computing framework of Esaote, a climate measuring system for ‘de wijk van morgen‘ and some small projects with Pololu robots.
Robotics is a key technology and engineering science for economic growth and societal prosperity. The scope of robot applications is very broad, ranging from industrial manufacturing over entertainment to healthcare. Swarmlab gives demonstrations with NAO humanoid robots and TURTLEBOTs. Are you wondering how robots can play soccer, avoid collisions and interact with visitors? Discover it at the Swarmlab!
13 September 2014
16.00 – 22.00 hours / Continuous activity with an hour break from 18.00-19.00 hours
Dr. Rico Möckel has joined Swarmlab in July 2014 as one of the lab directors.
Rico Möckel has a strong background in electrical engineering, intelligent robotics and computer science.
During the World Championship RoboCup 2013 in Eindhoven, Maastricht University’s SwarmLab@Work team has won the world title within the category RoboCup@Work, being the only Dutch team to win a world title. The contest started on Thursday 27 June with the first tests and finished yesterday. A record number of 40,000 people visited the RoboCup. Dr. Karl Tuyls, head of the SwarmLab: “The fact that we, as newcomers, were able to conquer the world title shows that we have a very talented team with members who complement each other perfectly.”
Within 15 different leagues, 2500 participants from 40 countries competed with all kinds of soccer robots, work robots, care robots, rescue robots and dance robots. The team from UM’s Department of Knowledge Engineering came in first in their category @Work, in which a total of five teams participated. In the finals, the SwarmLab team left previous world champion Luh-bots from Hannover far behind. Tuyls:”We’d already created a distance after performing the first tasks, which we did nearly perfectly. In the finals, the two teams had to perform a ‘basic transportation task’, parallel to each other. We ended up taking a lead with more than 1000 points.” For a detailed overview of the scores, please refer to the SwarmLab@work website.
The UM team was also granted an award for ‘best newcomer’ by Kuka Robotics, the company which produces the robots for the @Work competition.
The @Work competition targets the use of robots in various work-related scenarios, such as navigating to specific locations and moving objects. It aims to foster the research and development of innovative mobile robots for current and future industrial applications, where robots cooperate with humans on complex tasks ranging from manufacturing and automation to general logistics.
The SwarmLab team consists of the following members: Sjriek Alers, Daniel Claes, Rik Claessens, Joscha Fossel, Daniel Hennes, Karl Tuyls and Gerhard Weiss.
SwarmLab@work has won the German Open robocup@work competition (shared 1st place with the current world champion). More details see our swarmlab@work page.
Siqi Chen and Gerhard Weiss have won the Best Paper Award at the Tenth German Conference on Multiagent System Technologies (MATES, Trier, Germany, October 2012). The paper’s complete reference is: S. Chen and G. Weiss, “A novel strategy for efficient negotiation in complex environments”, in I.J. Timm & C. Guttmann (Eds.), Multiagent System Technologies. 10th German Conference, MATES (pp. 68-82). Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7598. 2012.
Daniel Claes, Daniel Hennes, Karl Tuyls (all three Swarmlab, DKE, UM) and Wim Meeussen (Willow Garage, San Francisco, USA) have won the Best Demonstration Award at the eleventh international conference on autonomous agents and multiagent systems (AAMAS’12, June 4th – June 8th 2012) with: “CALU: Collision Avoidance with Localization Uncertainty”. AAMAS is the largest and most influential conference in the area of agents and multiagent systems, the aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners in all areas of agent technology and to provide a single, high-profile, internationally renowned forum for research in the theory and practice of autonomous agents and multiagent systems. CALU is a multi-robot collision avoidance system based on the velocity obstacle paradigm. In contrast to previous approaches, it alleviates the strong requirement for perfect sensing using Adaptive Monte-Carlo Localization on a per-agent level.
Siqi Chen and Gerhard Weiss (Swarmlab, DKE) made a shared third place at this year’s International Automated Negotiating Agent Competition (ANAC 2012, http://anac2012.ecs.soton.ac.uk/). This annual competition brings together researchers from the negotiation community and provides a unique benchmark for evaluating practical negotiation strategies in multi-issue domains. Their negotiating agent, OMACagent*, combines opponent modeling (achieved through mathematical techniques known as wavelet decomposition and cubic smoothing spline) and adaptive concession making. OMACagent* is a light implementation of the OMAC strategy for automated negotiation which is described in detail in “Chen & Weiss: An Efficient and Adaptive Approach to Negotiation in Complex Environments”, Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2012 (to appear)”.
dr. F. Oliehoek wins best PC member award at AAMAS’12 – congratulations Frans!