The focus of our research lies on robots acting in human environments. First, we investigate the interaction between robots and non-expert users and aim at designing intuitive programming interfaces. Second, we are especially interested in robot navigation in challenging environments. For example, we develop techniques for robots navigating in multi-level and multi-room indoor environments that contain articulated and movable objects. We have introduced novel probabilistic methods for 3D environment modeling as well as methods for manipulation and navigation. Our work is supported by the EU FP7 projects SQUIRREL and ROVINA, within the DFG Research Unit Anticipating Human Behavior, and by the DAAD and BMBF.
Information about previous project involvements can be found at the former webpage at the University of Freiburg.