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Intelligent Autonomous Systems
TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology
Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich



See you at IROS 2011!

We will have several presentations at IROS 2011 – here is an overview of our regular talks and the workshops we organize or take part in. We are looking forward to meeting you at the conference!


  • Knowledge Representation for Autonomous Robots. Organized by Michael Beetz, Rachid Alami, Joachim Hertzberg, Alessandro Saffiotti, and Moritz Tenorth (Sunday, September 25, 09:00-18:00, Continental Parlor 7)
  • Active Semantic Perception and Object Search in the Real World.
    • Invited talk: Michael Beetz
    • Semantic Object Search in Large-scale Indoor Environments. Manabu Saito, Haseru Chen, Kei Okada, Masayuki Inaba, Lars Kunze and Michael Beetz
    • Voxelized Shape and Color Histograms for RGB-D. Asako Kanezaki, Zoltan-Csaba Marton, Dejan Pangercic and Michael Beetz
    • Fast and Robust Object Detection in Household Environments Using Vocabulary Trees with SIFT Descriptors. Dejan Pangercic, Vladimir Haltakov and Michael Beetz
  • The PR2 Workshop: Results, Challenges and Lessons Learned in Advancing Robots with a Common Platform.
    • Mobile Manipulation of Kitchen Containers. Jan Becker, Christian Bersch, Dejan Pangercic, Benjamin Pitzer, Thomas Rühr, Bharath Sankaran, Jürgen Sturm, Cyrill Stachniss, Michael Beetz, Wolfram Burgard

Conference papers

  • Logic Programming with Simulation-Based Temporal Projection for Everyday Robot Object Manipulation. Lars Kunze, Mihai Emanuel Dolha and Michael Beetz (Wednesday September 28, 14:00-14:15, Continental Parlor 7)
  • Parameterizing Actions to Have the Appropriate Effects. Lorenz Mösenlechner and Michael Beetz (Thursday September 29, 2011, 08:45-08:50, Continental Parlor 9)
  • Autonomous Semantic Mapping for Robots Performing Everyday Manipulation Tasks in Kitchen Environments. Nico Blodow, Lucian Cosmin Goron, Zoltan-Csaba Marton, Dejan Pangercic, Thomas Ruehr, Moritz Tenorth, and Michael Beetz (Thursday September 29, 2011, 10:55-11:00, Continental Parlor 2)

RAM Special issue: Robots on the Web -- Towards a WWW for Nonhumans

(C) IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine 2011

We co-edited the latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine entitled "Robots on the Web – Towards a WWW for Nonhumans". The issue gives an overview of recent approaches to make information on the WWW available to robots and to exchange information between robots over the Internet.

The Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group was involved in three papers in this special issue:

  • Web-Enabled Robots by Moritz Tenorth, Ulrich Klank, Dejan Pangercic and Michael Beetz describes several methods for knowledge acquisition from Internet resources.
  • Furniture Models Learned from the WWW by Oscar Martinez Mozos, Zoltan-Csaba Marton and Michael Beetz describes methods for locating and categorizing unknown pieces of furniture in 3D laser scans based on information from web catalogs.
  • RoboEarth -- A World Wide Web for Robots by Markus Waibel et al. describes the RoboEarth platform, a system for exchanging knowledge about actions, objects and the robot's environment between robots.

Pictures (C) IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine 2011

IROS workshop on knowledge representation

During IROS 2011, we will be organizing a workshop on knowledge representation for autonomous robots.

In this workshop, we invite researchers from both robotics and knowledge representation to discuss the state of the art in robot knowledge processing, examine how formally represented knowledge can help robots in performing their tasks, and identify major research challenges that need to be addressed.

The workshop will take place on Sunday, September 25th 2011.

Demonstrations at CoTeSys open day


On Friday, July 22, 2011, the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group opened the doors of its lab to the public. TUM-Rosie and TUM-James demonstrated their skills and prepared Bavarian sausages for the visitors. Especially the children were deeply impressed by the robots serving them.


In the morning, the CoTeSys cluster of excellence was awarded as a „Selected Landmark“ in the competition "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas". The prize is awarded to projects that realize innovative ideas in Germany.

Pictures © CoTeSys/Michael Memminger

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