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  • General

    The EASE household challenge is subject of the IEEE spectrum article “It’s (Still) Really Hard for Robots to Autonomously Do Household Chores”

    Every time we think that we’re getting a little bit closer to a household robot, new research comes out showing just how far we have to go. Certainly, we’ve seen lots of progress in specific areas like grasping and semantic understanding and whatnot, but putting it all together into a hardware platform that can actually get stuff done autonomously still seems quite a way off. In a paper presented at ICRA 2021 this month, researchers from the University of Bremen conducted a “Robot Household Marathon Experiment,” where a PR2 robot was tasked with first setting a table for a simple breakfast and then cleaning up afterwards in order to “investigate and evaluate the scalability and the robustness aspects of mobile manipulation.” While this sort of thing kinda seems like something robots should have figured out, it may not surprise you to learn that it’s actually still a significant challenge. Read More

    Software Components


    CRAM is a software toolbox for the implementation of autonomous robots.

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    KnowRob is a knowledge processing system for robots.

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    OpenEASE is a web-based knowledge service providing robot and human activity data.

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    Giskard is a framework for constraint- and optimization-based robot motion and planning control.

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    RoboKudo is a perception framework targeted for robot manipulation tasks.

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