Best Paper Awards for the FZI at the ICAR 2017

Researchers from the FZI receive Best Paper Awards in the catgories "Robotic Control" and "Service Robotics" at the 18th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)

The Best Paper Award in the category "Robotic Control" went to Johannes Mangler, Felix Mauch, Arne Rönnau and Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann for their paper "Predictive Motion Synchronization for Two Arm Dynamic Mobile Manipulation". This paper presents a predictive motion algorithm to synchronize robotic manipulators with a mobile platform as base. This is necessary to manipulated in a closed kinematic chain when a component has huge dead-times. With the synchronization of the components the dynamics can be minimized to avoid damage in the interfaces of the kinematic chain. This is a novel approach to for mobile manipulation to execute precise task on various workplaces or while moving the platform. To synchronize the different kinematics the dead-times of the manipulator and the mobile platform were evaluated. The predictive algorithm were evaluated against an adaptive algorithm without dead-time knowledge. As hardware setup a LBR 4 was mounted on a KUKA OmniRob with Mercanum Drives. The results are presented for the simulation and the hardware.

In the category "Service Robotics" the jury awarded the paper "Service Robots in the field: The BratWurst Bot" from Felix Mauch, Arne Rönnau, Georg Heppner, Timothee Büttner and Prof. Rüdiger Dillmann. In this paper, they present the BratWurst Bot, a service robotic system that demonstrates the combination of many different robotic skills to create a powerful application. With ROS as a software framework and standard robotic components this system also shows the short ramp-up time modern service robotics can provide. The BratWurst Bot offers an intuitive tablet interface and was extensively tested “in the field” on public events where it proved its reliability and effectiveness.

Felix Mauch received the awards in his team's place at the ICAR 2017 in Hongkong.

The International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) is one of the oldest and the most prestigious robotics conference in the world. The 18th ICAR was held in Hong Kong, hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, from 10th of July to 12th of July 2017. Papers reported research in the general areas of robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, computer vision and machine learning.