Applied Informatics Group


A robot’s head is important both for directional sensors, and in human-directed robotics as the single most visible interaction interface. The anthropomorphic robot head “Flobi” combines state-of-the-art sensing with an exterior that elicits a sympathetic emotional response.
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Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator

The Meka M1 Mobile Manipulator robotic-platform is part of the CITEC Research Apartment. It is used in the CSRA project to explore research questions regarding human-robot-interaction in a smart-home environment. 

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NAO is a programmable humanoid robot manufactured by the french robotics company Aldebaran . The Academics Edition that we utilize since 2008 at the AG AI features 25 degrees of freedom and hosts a large variety of sensors. Within the HUMAVIPS EU project, we developed in collaboration with Aldebaran Robotics a new stereo vision head and an accompanying distributed software architecture to efficiently access NAOs sensors and actuators to facilitate research on multi-modal perception and human-robot interaction.

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The humanoid robot iCub, developed at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), has 53 motors that move the head, arms & hands, the waist, and legs. It has state-of-the-art sensing in terms of vision (cameras) as well as movement (accelerometers and gyroscopes). iCub serves as a research platform for learning in a social context in scenarios like detecting the time slots in which the important tutoring is going on, keeping an interaction going via feedback, getting the inside structure of the tutored content or acting as a social receptionist robot.

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The current BIRON platform is based on the research platform GuiaBot by MobileRobots customized and equipped with sensors that allow analysis of the current situation. It comprises two piggyback laptops to provide the computational power and to achieve a system running autonomously and in real-time for HRI.

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Former Platforms


The Bielefeld Anthropomorphic Robot

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Philips iCat Research Platform

The iCat research platform is a plug & play desktop user-interface robot developed by Philips Research (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). The iCat is a user-interface robot without an on-board processor. It can be controlled by a PC via USB.

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The Aibo Platform [read more]

Recent Best Paper/Poster Awards

Goal Babbling of Acoustic-Articulatory Models with Adaptive Exploration Noise
Philippsen A, Reinhart F, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) 


Are you talking to me? Improving the robustness of dialogue systems in a multi party HRI scenario by incorporating gaze direction and lip movement of attendees
Richter V, Carlmeyer B, Lier F, Meyer zu Borgsen S, Kummert F, Wachsmuth S, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human-agent Interaction (HAI) 


"Look at Me!": Self-Interruptions as Attention Booster?
Carlmeyer B, Schlangen D, Wrede B (2016)
International Conference on Human Agent Interaction (HAI)


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