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11/13: We are currently looking for a student assistant (HiWi)!  Update: Position has been filled!

05/13: Our RSS 2013 paper nominated for best student paper award!

04/13: Kick-off of our EU project SPENCER

03/13: All open positions have been filled. We say hello to Timm, Billy, and Luigi!

08/12: We have several open PhD positions and an open Post-Doc position! See job descriptions.

07/12: Bingo! Our Call 9 proposal SPENCER that we are coordinating has been accepted. The call's acceptance rate was 9%!

07/12: Our IROS 2012 paper and two papers for RO-MAN 2012 have been accepted.

04/12: We have submitted two proposals to the EU FP7-ICT-Call 9, one as a coordinator.

04/12: Dizan Vasquez joins the lab as a post-doctoral research associate. Hola!

04/12: The extension proposal of our DFG Junior Research Group Leader grant got accepted!

03/12: Kai joins the 2012 PCs of RSS, ECCV, ISER, ICSR, AAAI SA, of two workshops at RSS and IROS and serves as AE for IROS'12

07/11: 3 out of 3 IROS'11 submissions have been accepted! This year with a below-30% acceptance rate.

06/11: Our mobile robot platform DARYL finally arrived!

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We make robots socially more compatible

Next-generation robots will work closely with humans as companions at home, care-takers for the elderly, intelligent cars or as helpers in the service industry. Their tasks require advanced social and cognitive skills to effectively interact and cooperate with humans. We believe that the key to long-term acceptance and utility of robots is their ability to perceive, understand, learn and reproduce human social behavior.
Thus, we ask the following questions:

  • How can robots learn to become socially more compatible?
  • How can robots learn human social behavior by observation and imitation?
  • How can robots recognize intentions and goals to naturally blend
    into human activities?
  • What are the cognitive processes and their implementations
    that enable this behavior?
  • How can we create sustainable and efficient human-robot relationships?