KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award
The KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award challenges research institutes to demonstrate an innovative robotic application or component in the field of mobile manipulation in real operation in a realistic working environment. To ensure equal conditions and a fair and direct comparison, the application or component shall be demonstrated on, or in conjunction with, a KUKA youBot. The KUKA youBot is an open-source software controlled mobile manipulator with an omni-directional base and a five-degree-of-freedom robot arm, which is about to become a reference platform for research and education in mobile manipulation, as it is also used as reference platfom in RoboCup@Work and RoCKIn@Work.
The challenge of the @Work competition will be explained at High-Tech systems annual conference.
The University of Amsterdam has experience in both the perception side and the cooperation side of this challenge.
The UvA@work team has participated in both the RoCKIn Camp in Rome, based on the Team Description Paper 2014 and the RoCKIn Camp in Peccioli, based on the Team Description Paper 2015.
The UvA@Work team at the RoCKIn 2015 Camp
At the RoCKIn Camp 2014 the UvA@Work team received the Best Practical in Human Robot Interaction award.
The UvA@Work team at the RoCKIn 2014 Camp
The approach inside the KUKA Innovation in Mobile Manipulation Award challenge is best described in their Innovation Award Mid-Term Report, an update of the original Application paper. For the final qualification, they published the following video:
- Tessa Bouzidi, Celeste Kettler, Valerie Scholten and
Victor Milewski UvA RoCKIn Camp 2015 - Technical Report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, August 2015.
- Sébastien Negrijn UvA @ Work Technical Report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, August 2015.
- Sébastien Negrijn RoCKIn @ Work Visual Servoing - Active vision using template matching on RGB-D sensor images, Bachelor Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 2015.
- Areg Shahbazian Taking up the RoCKIn@Work Object Recognition Challenge With The Bag of Keypoints Approach, Bachelor Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 2015.
- Ruben Seggers People Tracking in Outdoor Environments - Evaluating the Kinect 2 Performance in Different Lighting
Conditions, June 2015.
- Freddy de Greef A KUKA youBot simulation in USARSim, June 2015.
Valerie Scholten, Victor Milewski, Tessa Bouzidi and Celeste Kettler, "Intellent House Builder", Project report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 2014.
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Ysbrand M.A.A. Galama, "Picking a flower with a KUKA youBot -
Using A* pathplanning in a 4 DoF configuration-space to evade surrounding obstacles", Bachelor Thesis, Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 2014.
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- Oana Munteanu and Richard Pronk, "Visual Odometry with the Ricoh Theta", Project Report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, February 5, 2014.
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- Jasper van Enk, "Navigating YouBot through a rose field with A*", Project Report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, August 2013.
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Sébastien Negrijn, Vincent Erich, Martijn Wardenaar and Jelle Koster,
"Basic order picking met behulp van de KUKA YouBot", Project Report, Universiteit van Amsterdam, July 2013.
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