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Thomas Hellström

I do research in projects within artificial intelligence, AI, at Umeå University. My area is Intelligent Robotics.

Works at

Affiliation
Location
Plan 2, MIT-huset, C233 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Research 

My research follows two main tracks: Field Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction.
In the area of Field Robotics, we have done and still do a lot of research for automation in forestry, in particular development of unmanned forest vehicles. We designed a pilot system for autonomous navigation in forest environment, including algorithms for high-performance path tracking in rough forest environment, and simulator based path planning for both obstacle avoidance and global reactive path planning.

We took part in the EU project CROPS (IP FP7/NMP). The overall goal of CROPS was to develop robots for harvesting and spraying of fruit and vegetable crops. Our major contributions were to develop a generic robot system architecture. We also worked on laser and image analysis solutions for estimation of tree diameters, detection and classification of objects in forest environments, and general techniques for image labelling and segmentation. The work in CROPS was continued in the SWEEPER (H2020) project.Our second main track of research, Human-Robot Interaction, has for several years been conducted in the EU project INTRO (FP7/ITN) for which I was coordinator. In our lab, work has focused on cognitive architectures and robot learning, primarily Learning From Demonstration (LFD) enhanced by HRI, and also on general aspects of interaction. We also work with natural language understanding for robots, and currently combine dialogue management, intention recognition, and task planning. This work is conducted as part of the SOCRATES (H2020) project for which I am coordinator.

In addition to the main tracks, Field Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction, I have published some work on robot ethics related to development and usage of military robots. I also lead a project for development of an intelligent rollator, aiming at improving usability for people with cognitive limitations, e.g. after a stroke.

Funding

  • 2019  3470 KSEK  VINNOVA (co-applicant)
  • 2016  3875 K€      EC  SOCRATES  
  • 2014    200 KSEK  Promobilia
  • 2014    811 K€      EC SWEEPER
  • 2013  1900 KSEK  Kamprad foundation
  • 2011    200 KSEK  KSLA  (co-applicant)
  • 2010    782 K€      EC CROPS
  • 2010    100 KSEK  Innovationsbron
  • 2009  2083 K€      EC INTRO  
  • 2006    325 KSEK  Process-IT
  • 2005  4000 KSEK  Kempestiftelserna
  • 2004    177 KSEK  Carl Tryggers stiftelse
  • 2004    250 KSEK  Alvis Hägglunds
  • 2004    286 KSEK  LKAB
  • 2003    372 KSEK  VINNOVA
  • 2002  3000 KSEK  Kempestiftelserna

PhD student supervision

I was main supervisor for

  • Ahmad Ostovar - PhD December 2019
  • Benjamin Fonooni - PhD January 2015
  • Mostafa Pordel - PhLic, May 2013
  • Ola Ringdahl - PhD May 2010 

I am currently main supervisor for

  • Michele Persiani - licentiate degree September 2020

I was co-supervisor for

  • Jussi Manner - PhD December 2015 (SLU, Umeå)
  • Efi Vitzrabin - PhD February 2015 (Ben Gurion University, Israel)
  • Erik Billing - PhD January 2012

Some presentations

Media

Ohh right, I am proud holder of an Erdös-Bacon-Sabbath number≤ 13

2020
Journal of Field Robotics
Arad, Boaz; Balendonck, Jos; Barth, Ruud; et al.
2020
2020 29th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), IEEE 2020 : 96-103
Bliek, Adna; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2020
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
52nd International Symposium on Robotics, Munich, Germany, 9-10 December, 2020
Persiani, Michele; Cagatay, Odabasi; Graf, Florenz; et al.
2020
Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Trustworthiness: The PAAMS Collection, Springer 2020 : 212-223
Persiani, Michele; Hellström, Thomas
2020
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.
2020
Advances in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems, and Trustworthiness: The PAAMS Collection, Springer Nature 2020 : 439-442
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
2020
Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2020 : 660-671
Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
2020
The 10th International Conference in Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
Tewari, Maitreyee; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
2019
2019 24th International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR), IEEE 2019 : 139-144
Baranwal, Neha; Singh, Avinash; Hellström, Thomas
2019
Sensors
Ostovar, Ahmad; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2019
Proceedings of the 22nd Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics
Persiani, Michele; Hellström, Thomas
2019
International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR’19), Workshop Quality of Interaction in Socially Assistive Robots, Madrid, Spain, November 26-29, 2019
Singh, Avinash; Baranwal, Neha; Richter, Kai-Florian; et al.
2018
Proceedings of Explainable Robotic Systems Workshop at HRI 2018, Chicago, USA, March 2018
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
2018
Proceedings of Explainable Robotic Systems Workshop at HRI 2018, Chicago, USA, March 2018, 2018
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
2018
Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics, Warsaw, Poland: De Gruyter Open 2018, Vol. 9, (1) : 110-123
Hellström, Thomas; Bensch, Suna
2018
Robotics, MDPI 2018, Vol. 7, (1)
Ostovar, Ahmad; Ringdahl, Ola; Hellström, Thomas
2017
Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Recognition and Action for Scene Understanding (REACTS2017), Málaga: REACTS 2017 : 71-83
Abedin, Md Reaz Ashraful; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2017
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, Setúbal: SciTePress 2017 : 182-189
Bensch, Suna; Jevtic, Aleksandar; Hellström, Thomas
2016
International Journal of Social Robotics, Dordrecht: Springer 2016, Vol. 8, (1) : 5-19
Fonooni, Benjamin; Thomas, Hellström; Janlert, Lars-Erik
2016
Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology, Taylor & Francis 2016, Vol. 40, (5) : 270-279
Hellström, Thomas; Lindahl, Olof; Bäcklund, Tomas; et al.
2016
Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR 2016): 13th International Conference, ICIAR 2016, in Memory of Mohamed Kamel, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, July 13-15, 2016, Proceedings : 175-182
Ostovar, Ahmad; Hellström, Thomas; Ringdahl, Ola
2015
Proceedings of the 7th Workshop on Non-Classical Modelsof Automata and Applications (NCMA 2015), Austrian Computer Society 2015 : 73-90
Bensch, Suna; Drewes, Frank; Hellström, Thomas
2015
Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, Vol. 12 : 43-53
Billing, Erik; Hellström, Thomas; Janlert, Lars-Erik
2015
Engineering & Technology Reference, Vol. 1, (1)
Bontsema, Jan; Hemming, Jochen; Pekkeriet, Erik; et al.
2015
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 65 : 24-39
Fonooni, Benjamin; Jevtić, Aleksandar; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
2015
2015 IEEE INTERNATIONAL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON COGNITIVE METHODS IN SITUATION AWARENESS AND DECISION SUPPORT (COGSIMA) : 35-41
Fonooni, Benjamin; Thomas, Hellström
2015
Proceedings of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2015 : 320-326
Fonooni, Benjamin; Thomas, Hellström
2015
Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, Zagreb, Croatia: Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering 2015, Vol. 36, (2) : 147-164
Lindroos, Ola; Ringdahl, Ola; Pedro, La Hera; et al.
2015
Computers, Vol. 4, (2) : 142-154
Pordel, Mostafa; Hellström, Thomas
2015
ICAI 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence : 28-34
Sutherland, Alexander; Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2014
RHEA-2014 : 509-518
Barth, Ruud; Baur, Jörg; Buschmann, Thomas; et al.
2014
MMRWHRI '14 Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on Multimodal, Multi-Party, Real-World Human-Robot Interaction : 21-22
Bensch, Suna; Hellström, Thomas
2014
The European Society of Agricultural Engineers 2014
Bontsema, J.; Hemming, J.; Pekkeriet, E.; et al.
2014
Second International Conference on Robotics and associated High-technologies and Equipment for Agriculture and forestry (RHEA-2014): New trends in mobile robotics, perception and actuation for agriculture and forestry, RHEA Consortium 2014 : 531-540
Hellström, Thomas; Ostovar, Ahmad
2013
2013 IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA) : 67-74
Fonooni, Benjamin; Hellström, Thomas; Janlert, Lars-Erik
2013
Ethics and Information Technology, Dordrecht: Springer 2013, Vol. 15, (2) : 99-107
Hellström, Thomas
2013
Industrial robot, Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2013, Vol. 40, (1) : 20-26
Hellström, Thomas; Ringdahl, Ola
2013
2013 IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR)
Kozlov, Alex; Gancet, Jeremi; Letier, Pierre; et al.
2013
UMINF, 13.02
Pordel, Mostafa; Hellström, Thomas
2013
Remote Sensing, Basel: MDPI 2013, Vol. 5, (10) : 4839-4856
Ringdahl, Ola; Hohnloser, Peter; Hellström, Thomas; et al.
2012
Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence : 419-426
Fonooni, Benjamin; Hellström, Thomas; Janlert, Lars-Erik
2012
Forskning och framsteg, (5/6) : 26-29
Hellström, Thomas
2012
UMINF, 12.19
Hellström, Thomas
2012
Report / UMINF, 12.20
Hellström, Thomas; Hohnloser, Peter; Ringdahl, Ola

Research groups

Research leader
Intelligent Robotics

Research projects

1 November 2016 until 30 October 2020
1 January 2015 until 31 December 2018
1 January 2014
1 October 2010 until 30 September 2014
1 January 2010 until 31 December 2013
1 January 2002 until 31 December 2011