Applied Informatics Group


Cognitive Service Robotics Appartment (CSRA)

Within the cognitive service robotics apartment (CITEC project) we develop a complex supportive environment in cooperation with ten further CITEC research groups. Thereby, we combine an ambient intelligent apartment with a cognitive social robot whose advanced manipulation capabilities enable it to distinguish between distinct social situations requiring different socially aware behavior.

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Interactional Coordination and Incrementality in HRI – A Museum Guide Robot

In this project, we address the question of how to enable a robot to engage in fine-grained interactional coordination. To do so, the robot has to actively structure its interactional environment in a manageable way – all based on the robot’s permanent monitoring of the human’s multimodal conduct with its own system internal perception capabilities. The project proposal address two focus areas: (1) actively orienting visitors to an exhibit and (2) different natures and functions of user utterances (e.g. signaling trouble) and their intended addressees.

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KogniHome is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The research goal is to draft the future of living and focus on the inhabitants and their goals.

Smart homes and digitalisation became even more important. To face the demographic change we need to design new technologies that fade into the background and really help users to achieve their changing needs.

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Design of Flexible Work Environments - Human-Centric Use of Cyber-Physical Systems in Industry 4.0

The external project-page (german) can be found here:

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KOMPASS - Socially cooperative, virtual assistants as companions for people in need of cognitive support

KOMPASS develops virtual assistants that support people with special needs in everyday situations, e.g. keeping track of a daily schedule or using video communication. We focus in particular on robust and intuitive dialogue through a better understanding of and adaptation to the mental and emotional state of the user. Besides empirical and computational research, we address ethical and legal issues raised by the introduction of an virtual assistant as an enduring social presence in the home environment.

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Personal Robot Coach (2014-2018)

This project explores how the embodiment and feedback of social robots, as well as the personalization of a bodyweight workout, affect the user's motivation to do sports.

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Flexible User-Robot Interaction
Human-robot learning/teaching interaction

Three strands of research for the goal of more flexible HRI.

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Bootstrapping Speech Production Skills in Human Robot Interaction

This project aims at implementing a developmental model of speech acquisition. With such a model the robot can learn how to control its articulatory system similar to how infants learn how to speak


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Completed Projects

ReSerW (Ressourceneffiziente Selbstoptimierende Wäscherei)
it's owl

The project "Resource-efficient self-optimizing Laundry" is part of the Leading-Edge Cluster "Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe" (it's OWL). The main goal of the project is to significantly improve the resource efficiency of industrial laundries.

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Collaborative Research Centre 673 (2004-2014)

The Collaborative Research Centre 673 (CRC 673) "Alignment in Communication" is an interdisciplinary project, mainly involving linguistics and computer science. It focuses on automatic aspects ofhuman-human communication as well as human-robot communication.

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Humavips (2010-2013)

The objective of HUMAVIPS (Humanoids with auditory and visual abilities in populated spaces) has been to endow humanoid robots with audiovisual (AV) abilities: exploration, recognition, and interaction, such that they exhibit adequate behavior when dealing with a group of people. Research has emphasized the role played by multimodal perception within principled models of human-robot interaction and of humanoid behavior. The Applied Informatics Group has contributed to this project with software architecture development and interaction modeling.

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TAPeD - Task Assistance for Persons with cognitive Disabilites

Persons with cognitive disabilities like dementia, Alzheimer's disease or autism are often not capable of fulfilling activities of daily living (ADLs) which leads to a limitation or even a loss of independence. The primary goal of this project is to support those persons in their ADLs by applying intelligent room environment which helps to increase their independence in daily life.

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RobotDoc (Robotics for Development of Cognition)

The RobotDoC (Robotics for Development of Cognition) Collegium is a multi-national doctoral training network for the interdisciplinary training on developmental cognitive robotics. The RobotDoc Fellows develop advanced expertise of domain-specific robotics research skills and of complementary transferrable skills for careers in academia and industry.

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italk (2008-2012)

The italk homepage

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SoziRob (2011-2013)
Participants of the Study in the SoziRob Project

The aim of the SoziRob-project is the development of intelligent robots with social interaction capabilities which support astronauts to overcome better the physical and mental exposures of long-term missions in a closed habitat. This includes the development, implementation and evaluation of a motivation module for the qualitative and quantitative improvement of fitness training to avoid amyothrophia. In addition, social activities should be stimulated by playing the game pairs with the robot Flobi.

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COGNIRON (2004-2007)

The overall objectives of this project are to study the perceptual, representational, reasoning and learning capabilities of embodied robots in human centred environments. The project develops methods and technologies for the construction of such cognitive robots, able to evolve and grow their capacities in close interaction with humans in an open-ended fashion.

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DESIRE - Deutsche Servicerobotik-Initative (2005-2009)

The German SErvice Robotics InitiativE (DESIRE) is a cooperation of both industry, both large and small, (Kuka, Schunk, Siemans, GPS, InMach, NeoBotix), research institutes (FZI, FhG IPA, FhG IAIS) and leading universities (Bielefeld, Bochum, Freiburg).

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VAMPIRE (2002-2005)

VAMPIRE is a research project on cognitive computer vision which was funded by the European Union (IST-2001-34401, May 2002- July 2005). It investigates artifical intelligent systems that are able to understand what they see based on what they have previously memorised. In this sense, the research focuses on Visual Active Memory Processes. Another important goal is to develop advanced techniques for Interactive Retrieval memory spectacles.

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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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