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Autonomous mobile Servicerobots
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Welcome at the University of Applied Sciences Ulm Research Center for Servicerobotics

The ZAFH Autonomous Mobile Servicerobots is a project for developing intelligent mobile robots. It is runned by a network of three Universities of Applied Sciences and aided by the land of Baden-Württemberg.

The University of Applied Siences Ulm is involved with two of altogether six subprojects.

Subproject Software Technology (Prof. Dr. Schlegel)

Engineering the software development process in robotics is one of the basic necessities towards industrial-strength service robotics systems. A major challenge is to make the step from code-driven designs towards model-driven systems. The foundation for a model-driven software development approach (MDSD) in robotics shall be laid by a domain specific language that is defined as a UML profile and that is implemented in a MDSD tool chain.
A strict component based approach separates middleware aspects from algorithmic solutions and is thus essential towards reuse and composability of software building blocks. A special focus is put on service-oriented architectures for service robotics on top of QoS-middleware.
(see SmartSoft for further details).

Subproject Localization / Mapping (Prof. Dr. Schlegel)

The scalability and robustness of probabilistic mapping and localization approaches depends foremost on the used sensors. In particular, substantial improvements are required as soon as range-only or bearing-only information is available. A focus is put on enhancements of probabilistic SLAM-approaches exploiting multi-modal sensory information.
(see SmartSLAM for further details).

Investition in Ihre Zukunft
gefördert durch die Europäische
Europäischer Fonds
für regionale Entwicklung
und das Land