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Intelligent Robotics

Research group The research group Intelligent Robotics figures out how robots can be designed to interact in the best way with humans, other robots, and the environment.

Our current main track of research is Human-Robot Interaction, and we coordinate/coordinated several EU projects in that area:

  • INTRO (FP7) on general HRI, and
  • SOCRATES (H2020) - with focus on robotics for older adults

Our research contributions in these projects are in the areas of sensory-motor learning [1], Learning From Demonstration [1] [2] [3], behavior/intent recognition [1] [2]. A recent field of activity concerns Understandability in robotics [1] , i.e. how robots should communicate the contents of their artificial minds to interacting humans. In this work we combine natural language understanding, dialogue management, intention recognition, and task planning.

For many years we worked intensively in the area of Field Robotics, with research on automation in forestry. In particular we developed tehcniques for autonomous forest machines, with generous financial support from the Kempe Foundations. In the FP7 project CROPS we developed robots for harvesting and spraying of fruit and vegetable crops, and continued in the H2020 project SWEEPER, where the consortium with joint efforts succeeded in developing the first sweet-pepper harvesting robot demonstrated in green house environments.

When we feel the urge, we also contribute to the public debate on roboethics and AI in the society [1] [2] [3].

 

Research leader

Overview

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Computing Science

Research area

Computing science
Bias-free chatbots
Research area: Computing science
Duration 2 September 2019 until 28 August 2020
Type of project Research project
PRECISION
Research area: Computing science
Duration 23 April 2018 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
SOCRATES
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 November 2016 until 30 October 2020
Type of project Research project
SWEEPER
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2018
Type of project Research project
Intelligent rollator
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2014
Type of project Research project
CROPS
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 October 2010 until 30 September 2014
Type of project Research project
INTRO
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2013
Type of project Research project
Intelligent forest machines
Research area: Computing science
Duration 1 January 2002 until 31 December 2011
Type of project Research project

Latest publications

Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics, De Gruyter Open 2021, Vol. 12, (1) : 47-57
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics, De Gruyter Open 2021, Vol. 12, (1) : 238-255
Hellström, Thomas
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE 2020, Vol. 5, (2) : 2031-2038
Kurtser, Polina; Ringdahl, Ola; Rotstein, Nati; et al.
NeHuAI 2020 : First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI (NeHuAI) co-located with 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2020), RWTH Aachen University 2020 : 3-10
Hellström, Thomas; Dignum, Virginia; Bensch, Suna
2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE 2020 : 96-103
Bliek, Adna; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2020 : 660-671
Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
Proceedings of the Northern Lights Deep Learning Workshop, Septentrio Academic Publishing 2020 : 1-6
Kurtser, Polina; Ringdahl, Ola; Rotstein, Nati; et al.
Journal of Field Robotics, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 37, (6) : 1027-1039
Arad, Boaz; Balendonck, Jos; Barth, Ruud; et al.
2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE 2020 : 96-103
Bliek, Adna; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
Highlights in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Trust-worthiness: The PAAMS Collection, Springer Nature 2020 : 168-178
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
Master student receives Women's STEM Award

Adna Bliek at Umeå University, awarded for her Master's thesis in AI.