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Research Projects

The group TAMS is involved in several research projects and cooperates with national and international universities and companies.

Cross-modal Interaction in Natural and Artificial Cognitive Systems (CINACS)

CINACS is an international graduate colleg that investigates the principles of cross-modal interactions in natural and cognitive systems to implement them in artificial systems. Research will primarily consider the three sensory systems vision, hearing and haptics. This project, accomplished by the University of Hamburg and the University of Tsinghua, Beijing, is funded by the DFG and the Chinese Ministry of Education. [more information]

Robustness by Autonomous Competence Enhancement (RACE)

The overall aim of the RACE project is to develop an artificial cognitive system, embodied by a service robot, able to build a high-level understanding of the world it acts in by storing and exploiting appropriate memories of its experiences. Experiences will be recorded internally at multiple levels: high-level descriptions in terms of goals, tasks and behaviours as well as constituting subtasks, and finally sensory and actuator skills at the lowest level. In this way, experiences provide a detailed account of how the robot has achieved past goals or how it has failed, and what sensory events have accompanied the activities. The group TAMS is the coordinator of this project.
The RACE Integrated Project is part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and runs from 12/2011 until 11/2014. [more information] [poster1] [poster2]

A Modular Smart System for Infants’ Rehabilitation At Home based on Mechatronic Toys (CareToy)

The aim of the CareToy project is to exploit new ICT and mechatronic technologies to promote early intervention in the first year of life and to reinforce therapy initially performed in a high-competence medical institution by a portable low-cost instrumented setting tele-monitored by the medical centre, thus augmenting the medical effectiveness of the therapy while reducing the cost for the Healthcare Systems. The development of an innovative smart system for rehabilitation of infants at home proposed is based on smart tools, like toys, usable in natural settings, such as the infants’ home, in a non-invasive and transparent way, to stimulate, monitor and measure infants’ rehabilitation.
The CareToy Project is part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and runs from 11/2011 until 10/2014. [more information]

Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population (Robot-Era)

The objective of the Robot-Era project is to develop, implement and demonstrate the general feasibility, scientific/technical effectiveness and social/legal plausibility and acceptability by end-users of a plurality of complete advanced robotic services, integrated in intelligent environments, which will actively work in real conditions and cooperate with real people and between them to favour independent living, improve the quality of life and the efficiency of care for elderly people.
The Robot-Era Integrated Project is part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under contract 288899 and runs from 01/2012 until 12/2015. [more information], [project website]

Developmental Pathway towards Autonomy and Dexterity in Robot In-Hand Manipulation (HANDLE)

The HANDLE project aims at understanding how humans perform the manipulation of objects in order to replicate grasping and skilled in-hand movements with an anthropomorphic artificial hand. The goal is to evolve robot grippers from current best practice towards more autonomous, natural and effective articulated hands. The project will focus both on technological developments and fundamental multidisciplinary research in order to endow the proposed robotic hand with advanced perception capabilities, high-level feedback control, and elements of intelligence that allow recognition of objects and context.
The HANDLE Integrated Project is part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and runs from 02/2009 until 01/2013. [more information]

Multistandard Integrated Network Convergence for Global Mobile and Broadcast Technologies (MING-T)

The goal of MING-T is to research, develop, prototype, integrate and validate the interoperability and handover issues of the representative mobile digital broadcast standards developed in China and Europe. MING-T will address the issues of convergence between broadcast standards and mobile communications network technologies. The MING-T Project is part of the EU's sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for Research and Technological Development. [more information]

Intelligent and Accurate Vision-Systems to support Service Robots (IVUS)

Aim of the project IVUS is the development of a 3D-Vision System for the use in service robots. The planned camera possesses an integrated processor with high computing capability. Pictures of the environment are reduced to symbolic values. Crucial is the acquisition of 3D-Information from pictures, without the use of auxiliary sensors. The main processor of the service robot is almost free of orientation tasks. Thus one important requirement for real time navigation of the service robot is realised. The project is part of the national research program Leitinitiative Servicerobotik funded by the BMBF. [more information]

Promoting Access to Components, subsystems and microsystems Technologies for Industrial Competitiveness in Europe (EUROPRACTICE)

EUROPRACTICE is a European Commission initiative, funded by the EU Information Society Technologies (IST), which is now also part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The aim is to improve the competitiveness of European industry by the adoption of advanced electronics technologies. EUROPRACTICE has become internationally recognised as a quality brand name for European service-type projects in the Microsystems and Microelectronics fields. [more information]

E-Learning-Consortium Hamburg (ELCH)

The E-Learning-Consortium Hamburg is a board of experts from several university-level institutions in Hamburg. The group TAMS accomplished three projects founded by the E-Learning-Consortium:

Climbing Robots

We proposed two kinds of climbing robots recently. One is a lightweight smart wall-climbing robot for rescue missions, which was developed as a flexible mobile platform carrying a CCD camera and other sensors. The second one is a new kind of pneumatic climbing robot to meet the requirements of glass-wall cleaning for high-rise buildings. The robot is actuated by pneumatic cylinders and attaches itself to walls with vacuum suckers. These projects are accomplished by the University of Hamburg and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. [more information]

Service Robots

The main concern of our insitute's research work is to examine the interaction of different modalities of sensory and cognitive systems like vision, writing, hearing, talking, touching/feeling or grasping. The interaction between people and technical information systems and communication systems is directly related to mulitmodality. One main focus of our work therefore is on applications in intelligent service robotics. There are several in-house projects like PhD, diploma and master theses which study service robotics and man-machine interaction. [more information]