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The research activities of the MOBILE ROBOTICS line are aimed to endow mobile robots and ubiquitous computing devices the necessary skills to aid humans in everyday life activities. These skills range from pure perceptual activities such as tracking, recognition or situation awareness, to motion skills, such as localization, mapping, autonomous navigation, path planning or exploration.

Head of line: Alberto Sanfeliu Cortés

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Urban service robotics

The group focuses on the design and development of service mobile robots for human assistance and human robot interaction. This includes research on novel hardware and software solutions to urban robotic services such as surveillance, exploration, cleaning, transportation, human tracking, human assistance and human guiding.

Research area 1 of Mobile Robotics

Social robotics

The group's work on social robotics has an emphasis in human robot interaction and collaboration, developing new techniques to predict and learn human behaviors, human-robot task collaboration, and the generation of emphatic robot behaviors using all types of sensors, computer vision techniques and cognitive systems technologies.

Research area 2 of Mobile Robotics

Robot localization and robot navigation

This research area tackles the creation of robust single and cooperative, indoor and outdoor robot localization solutions, using multiple sensor modalities such as GPS, computer vision and laser range finding, INS sensors and raw odometry. The area also seeks methods and algorithms for autonomous robot navigation, and robot formation; and the application of these methods on a variety of indoor and outdoor mobile robot platforms.

Research area 3 of Mobile Robotics

SLAM and robot exploration

We develop solutions for indoor and outdoor simultaneous localization and mapping using computer vision and three-dimensional range data using Bayesian estimation. The research includes the development of new filtering and smoothing algorithms that limit the load of maps using information theoretic measures; as well as the design and construction of novel sensors for outdoor mapping. This research area also studies methods for autonomous robotic exploration.

Research area 4 of Mobile Robotics

Tracking in computer vision

We study the development of robust algorithms for the detection and tracking of human activities in indoor and outdoor areas, with applications to service robotics, surveillance, and human-robot interaction. This includes the development of fixed/moving single camera tracking algorithms as well as detection and tracking methods over large camera sensor networks.

Research area 5 of Mobile Robotics

Object recognition

The group also performs research on object detection and object recognition in computer vision. Current research is heavily based on boosting and other machine learning methodologies that make extensive use of multiple view geometry. We also study the development of unique feature and scene descriptors, invariant to changes in illumination, cast shadows, or deformations.

Research area 6 of Mobile Robotics

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These are the most recent publications (2021 - 2020) of the Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems

  • V. Vaquero, I. del Pino, F. Moreno-Noguer, J. Solà, A. Sanfeliu and J. Andrade-Cetto. Dual-branch CNNs for vehicle detection and tracking on LiDAR data. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2021, to appear.

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  • A. Pumarola, A. Agudo, A.M. Martinez, A. Sanfeliu and F. Moreno-Noguer. GANimation: One-shot anatomically consistent facial animation. International Journal of Computer Vision, 128: 698-713, 2020.

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  • E. Repiso, A. Garrell Zulueta and A. Sanfeliu. Adaptive side-by-side social robot navigation to approach and interact with people. International Journal of Social Robotics, 12: 909-930, 2020.

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  • J. Deray and J. Solà. Manif: A micro Lie theory library for state estimation in robotics applications. Journal of Open Source Software, 5(46): 1371, 2020.

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  • J. Martí, A. Santamaria-Navarro, C. Ocampo-Martínez and J. Andrade-Cetto. Multi-task closed-loop inverse kinematics stability through semidefinite programming, 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2020, Paris, France, pp. 7108-7114, IEEE.

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  • E. Corona, A. Pumarola, G. Alenyà and F. Moreno-Noguer. Context-aware human motion prediction, 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2020, Seattle, WA, USA (Virtual), pp. 6990-6999.

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  • E. Corona, A. Pumarola, G. Alenyà, F. Moreno-Noguer and G. Rogez. GanHand: Predicting human grasp affordances in multi-object scenes, 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2020, Seattle, WA, USA (Virtual), pp. 5030-5040.

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  • A. Pumarola, S. Popov, F. Moreno-Noguer and V. Ferrari. C-Flow: Conditional generative flow models for images and 3D point clouds, 2020 IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2020, Seattle, WA, USA (Virtual), pp. 7946-7955.

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  • J. Martí, J. Solà, C. Mastalli and A. Santamaria-Navarro. Squash-box feasibility driven differential dynamic programming, 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2020, Las Vegas, NV, USA, pp. 7637-7644.

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  • W.O. Chamorro, J. Andrade-Cetto and J. Solà. High-speed event camera tracking, 2020 British Machine Vision Conference, 2020, Virtual.

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  • I. Geer, M. Maceira, J. Borràs, C. Torras and G. Alenyà. Interaction identification through tactile sensing during cloth manipulation using a 3-axis touch sensor, 2020 IROS Workshop on Robotic Manipulation of Deformable Objects, 2020, Online, pp. 1-6.

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  • J. Villagra, J. Vallvé, J. Medina-Lee, J. Solà, A. Artuñedo and J. Andrade-Cetto. Technological advances for intelligent vehicles: shared control in highly complex contexts and the automation of transport in segregated environments. Boletín del Grupo Español del Carbón(58): 15-22, 2020.

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  • E. Repiso, A. Garrell Zulueta and A. Sanfeliu. People's adaptive side-by-side model evolved to accompany groups of people by social robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 5(2): 2387-2394, 2020.

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  • A. Sanfeliu, E. Repiso and A. Garrell Zulueta. Collaborative-AI: Social robots accompanying and approaching people, 1st International Workshop on New Foundations for Human-Centered AI, 2020, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Vol 2659 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings, pp. 33-37, 2020.

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Mobile Robotics Laboratory

The Mobile Robotics Laboratory is an experimental area primarily devoted to hands-on research with mobile robot devices. The lab includes 3 Pioneer platforms, 2 service robots for urban robotics research based on Segway platforms, and a 4-wheel rough outdoor mobile robot, a six-legged LAURON-III walking robot, and a vast number of sensors and cameras.

Mobile Robotics Laboratory

Barcelona Robot Laboratory

The Barcelona Robot Lab encompasses an outdoor pedestrian area of 10.000 sq m., and is provided with 21 fixed cameras, a set of heterogeneous robots, full coverage of wifi and mica devices, and partial gps coverage. The area has moderate vegetation and intense cast shadows, making computer vision algorithms more than challenging.

Barcelona Robot Laboratory
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