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Robotics at KIT Kinder-Uni 2017

About 400 children attended the lecture "Mensch oder Maschine? Die Menschmaschine!", held by Professor Tamim Asfour on August 1, 2017 at the "KIT-Kinder-Uni 2017". The young public listened with great interest to the latest developments in the field of humanoid robotics and participated actively to the lecture by answerinig questions and expressing opinions. Demos with the NAO humanoid robot and other toy robots rounded the lecture and were a true highlight for all children. The lecture is available online here.

Promotion Christian Mandery
Promotion Christian Mandery

Dipl.-Inform. Christian Mandery hat am 19.07.2017 seine Promotionsprüfung erfolgreich bestanden.

Alle Kolleginnen und Kollegen gratulieren ihm dazu herzlichst.

Foto Promotion Christian Mandery
Erfolgreicher "Tag der offenen Tür" am KIT

Im Rahmen des diesjährigen "Tag der offenen Tür" des KIT am 24. Juni 2017 auf dem Campus Nord stellte sich auf dem Stand des KCIST auch das H2T mit dem anziehbaren Roboter KIT-EXO-1, einem ARMAR-Roboter Kopf und mehreren NAO Robotern vor. Näheres dazu findet man auch in der offiziellen KIT Presse.

Promotion Mirko
Promotion Mirko Wächter

Dipl.-Inform. Mirko Wächter hat am 08.05.2017 seine Promotionsprüfung erfolgreich bestanden.

Alle Kolleginnen und Kollegen gratulieren ihm dazu herzlichst.

Girls' Day
Girls' Day 2017 @ H²T

During this years' Girls' Day on 27.04.2017, H²T invited interested visitors to our lab.
We explained what is meant by "anthropomatics" and presented our humanoid robots ARMAR-IIIa, ARMAR-IIIb, ARMAR-4 and the wearable robot KIT-EXO-1.
More information about the Girls' Day at the KIT Department for Informatics can be found here.

CeBIT: Symposium "Robotics in the 21st Century"

 Robotics experts from leading universities in Germany will discuss at CeBIT in Hannover current trends, newest achievements and future opportunities of robotics in the 21st century with special focus on human-machine interaction. The symposium will take place on March 22, 2017 (Hall 6 Konferenzforum Future Talk and Convention Center hall A3).

KIT im Rathaus

Das KIT oder genauer gesagt das KIT-Zentrum Information - Systeme - Technologien (KCIST) hat sich am 25. Januar 2017 im Rathaus von Karlsruhe und damit der Karlsruher Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt. Forscher des KCIST gaben einen Überblick über neue Forschungsaktivitäten am KIT im Bereich "Big Data und künstliche Intelligenz". Ein Bericht zu dieser Veranstaltung ist zu finden im Amtsblatt der Stadt Karlsruhe "StadtZeitung" vom 3. Februar 2017.

Bilder zur Veranstaltung

Videos auf DIVA

zum Bericht
KIT Motion-Language Dataset released

With the KIT Motion-Language Dataset, H²T released an open large-scale dataset for linking human whole-body motion with natural language, which has been created using crowdsourcing.

Link to the Paper

Link to the Press Release of the Journal Publisher

Xperience Video in IEEE Spectrum

IEEE Spectrum presents the results of the EU project Xperience, in which the humanoid robot ARMAR-III sets the table and prepares dinner in collaboration with a human.

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Humanoids 2016: Best Oral Paper Award Finalist

Our paper "Enriched Manipulation Action Semantics for Robot Execution of Time Constrained Tasks" was nominated as Finalist for the Best Oral Paper Award at Humanoids 2016.

Congratulations to Dr. Eren Aksoy and all contributors! 

Heise online Interview
Humanoids 2016 Artikel auf Heise

Heise online reports in its newsticker about the Humanoids 2016 conference Cancun / Mexico. In this article there is also an interview with Prof. Tamim Asfour.

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Promotion Ömer Terlemez
New PhD Ömer Terlemez

Dipl.-Inform. Ömer Terlemez has gained his PhD degree on November 2, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD Ömer Terlemez
Award for Matthias Plappert

On the occasion of the KIT campus day "Lehre^Forschung" on Oct. 14th, 2016, Matthias Plappert has been awarded a prize for outstanding student research activities. His work with the title "Statistical Inference between Human Motion and Natural Language" has been conducted at H²T within the Praxis der Forschung course.

Image dpa: Ole Spata
Robotics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Promises

 Heise online reports in its news about the international workshop "Robotics in the 21st century: Challenges and Promises" , held on September 25th -28th, 2016 in Göttingen.

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Promotion Manfred Kröhnert
New PhD Manfred Kröhnert

Dipl.-Inform. Manfred Kröhnert has gained his PhD degree on July 22, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD Manfred Kröhnert
David Schiebener
New PhD David Schiebener

Dipl.-Inform. David Schiebener has gained his PhD degree on June 21, 2016.

Congratulations from all his colleagues.

Photo PhD David Schiebener
DGR Days 2016

 The DGR Days 2016, an event of the German Robotics Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Robotik, DGR ),  will be held on June 29-30 2016, in conjuction with RoboCup 2016 , in Leipzig. The goal is to create a forum for academic exchange and foster a visible and interdisciplinary robotics community in Germany. A DGR Round Table  will complement the program on June 30 - July 1, 2016.

Artificial Intelligence
Article in "Süddeutsche Zeitung" - Series: Artificial Intelligence

On February 25, 2016 the newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung" published an article in its category "Artificial Intelligence" about the teaching kitchen at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics entitled "Armar-IIIa bringt ein Glas Saft".

Article in "Süddeutsche Zeitung"
SWR1 Leute Baden-Württemberg

On December 16, 2015 Prof. Tamim Asfour was guest at the radio station SWR1 in the program "SWR1 Leute Baden-Württemberg".  The corresponding german audio recording can be retrieved here.

Link to Audio Recording
Made in Südwest
Documentary "Made in Südwest" - Smart machines and robotic research at KIT in Karlsruhe

On March 4, 2015, as part of the celebrations for the 300th anniversary of the city of Karlsruhe, the SWR German television channel released a documentary film about the research done at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics. Check out the video (in German) following the link.(show movie)

ICSR 2014: Best Poster Award

The results of a cooperation between H²T and the Takanishi Laboratory, Waseda University (Japan) have been awarded with a best paper award on the "International Conference on Social Robotics": "A Novel Culture-Dependent Gesture Selection System for a Humanoid Performing Greeting Interaction", G. Trovato, M. Do, M. Kuramochi, M. Zecca, Ö. Terlemez, T. Asfour, A. Takanishi.

ARMAR-IIIa at the Bernstein Conference in Göttingen

On the September 4th, 2014, ARMAR-IIIa has been shown in the context of the Bernstein Conference. In the venerable Paulinerkirche in Göttingen the robot has been demonstrated to attendants of the conference as well as for citizens of Göttingen.

Article in Göttinger Tageblatt (in German)
Master Motor Map (MMM) framework published under free license

The Master Motor Map (MMM) framework developed at H²T has been released under a free license (GNU GPLv3). (More information)

"School day" at the Institute for Anthropomatic and Robotics

On 25. July 2014, pupils hat the opportunity to get a glimpse of the work of the researchers at the Institute for Anthropomatik and Robotics (more information) 

MMVR: Best Poster Award

The results of a cooperation between H²T, HIS and IPEK have been awarded with a best poster award on the conference "Medicine Meets Virtual Reality": "Towards open-source, low-cost haptics for surgery simulation", S. Suwelack, C. Sander, J. Schill, M. Serf, M. Danz, T. Asfour, W. Burger, R. Dillmann, S. Speidel [PDF]

Uni fuer Einsteiger - ARMAR-IIIb
Großer Andrang bei Uni für Einsteiger

 Bei der Uni für Einsteiger am gestrigen Mittwoch herrschte großer Andrang um unsere Roboterdemos zu sehen. Ein paar Eindrücke sind über den nachfolgenden Link erreichbar.

Lego-Mindstorms-Praktikum Abschlussvideo

Auch dieses Wintersemester hat das Lego-Mindstorms-Praktikum wieder erfolgreich stattgefunden. Hier der Link zum Video des abschließenden Wettstreits der Roboter:

ARMAR-III in Zurich @ Robots-On-Tour


ARMAR-III will present his capabilities at the Robots-On-Tour exhibition in Zurich on March 8.th/9.th.


Robots in reality and fiction

Drawing youth peoples' interest for MINT fields using emotional stories.

More information (German)
Humanoids 2012: Award for Best Paper Nomination Finalist

Johannes Ernest has been awarded as a finalist for the best paper award on the 2012 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots: "Encoding of Periodic and the related Transient Motions of a Robot using a single DMP", J. Ernesti, L. Righetti, M. Do, T. Asfour and S. Schaal  

University without language barriers

On June 11th, 2012 Interactive Systems Labs will present the First Simultaneous Translation Service by Computer.