Team NimbRo Manufacturing is based in the Autonomous Intelligent Systems Group at the Computer Science Institute of University of Bonn, Germany. The University of Bonn is one of the leading public research universities of Germany. Its Computer Science Institute has a long tradition in robotics research, especially in the areas of mobile robotics and SLAM. Since 2008, the Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS) group conducts research in cognitive robotics and machine learning.
UBO is the research partner of the NimbRo Manufacturing Team. It will develop methods and software for perception of the robot work space, part detection, pose estimation, human detection, grasp and motion planning, kinematic and dynamic identification of the robolink® manipulator arm and model-predictive robot control.
UBO is the research partner of the NimbRo Logistics Team. Based on its existing methods, it will develop object perception, manipulation, environment perception, and navigation for the mobile manipulation robot.
UBO is the research partner of the NimbRo Copter Team. All technical development will be done by UBO. UBO will develop 3D mapping of the environment, autonomous navigation of the copter, detailed modelling of chimney surfaces, and analysis methods for surface categorization, defect and change detection.
UBO has extensive experience in real-time perception, control, and system integration for complex robots, including cognitive service robots capable of mobile manipulation and intuitive human-robot interaction in complex environments. UBO developed leading RGB-D SLAM, semantic mapping, perception of persons, and planning methods for navigation and manipulation. UBO also has experience in compliant control of manipulators, system identification, and manipulation skill transfer.
UBO also has extensive experience in robot competitions and challenges. Its team NimbRo participates with great success at the international RoboCup competitions, winning a total of 13 tournaments, including three consecutive years of the @Home domestic service robot league. The UBO service robots demonstrated picking and placing objects, dual-arm manipulation of larger objects, the opening and closing of doors, the use of tools, intuitive multimodal interaction with persons, and many other skills. In the FP7 ECHORD experiment ActReMa, UBO implemented bin picking for these mobile robots. In the ongoing FP7 project STAMINA, UBO develops bin picking for the transportable robots UR10 and Baxter. UBO developed the motion editor software and a control computer for robolink®.