Smart-E Events

SMART-E Mid-Term Review and Conference

The Smart-E Mid-Term Review and Conference took place in Munich at Technical University of Munich in October 2015 and included the Patent Workshop (Complementary Skills Training, WP4) and the 8th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics

The TUM Patent Workshop was given by Felix Rummler, Patent Lawyer and European Patent Attorney, and Dr. Ali Nassery, the Head of Research at Ophthalmology Department of Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich. In his talk, Felix Rummler introduced IP rights and general requirements for patents with a focus on technicality and software patents. Furthermore, he described the patenting process and patenting strategies, illustrated by several patent case studies. Dr. Nassery`s talk had a more practical focus and included his personal experience and advice for the Smart-E Early Stage Researchers (ESR).

The 8th International Workshop on Human-Friendly Robotics (HFR 2015) took place on October 21-23, 2015, at Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany.  The objective of the workshop was to bring together researchers to share knowledge on design, control, safety and ethical issues, concerning the introduction of robots into everyday life. A series of demonstrations were available to participants entitled ‘HFR Workshop LAB Tour’ which were hosted by TUM, Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS), Human Robot Interactions (HRI) and at DLR (German Aerospace Centre). The demonstrations included Artificial skin, Robot TOM, H1 Humanoid robot (ICS); Object Tracking and Segmentation (HRI); Humanoid robot TORO (DLR); humanoid robot Justin (DLR) and more.

The next two days were devoted to invited talks, poster presentations, presentations during the sessions and a SAPHARI Workshop. The 6 session themes were Human-Robot Interaction and Cooperation, Safety and Reactive Planning, Kinematics and Feedback Control, Machine Learning and Vision for Robotics, Assistive and Medical Robotics, Mechanical Design and Low-level Control. During these sessions, 4 of our ESRs gave their presentations on the current status of their SMART-E research projects:

  • Pereira, M. Althoff. Verifiably Safe Trajectory Planning for Human-Robot Interaction
  • Giusti, M. Althoff. Automatic Model-Based Controller Design of Reconfigurable Manipulators for Human-Robot Cooperation.
  • M. Zeestraten, S. Calinon. Learned Minimal Intervention Control Synthesis based on Hidden Semi-Markov Models
  • S. Toxiri, J. Ortiz, D. Caldwell, A Wearable Device for Reducing Spinal Loads