Research topics

RHUM is organized along two main structures: 6 working groups (WG) focused on specific scientific aspects of robotics, and 3 transverse challenges on service and personal robots).
The 6 working groups are scientifically focused on:
  1. Experiments and robot design (WG0)
  2. Perception and scene understanding (WG1)
  3. Action and motion among humans (WG2)
  4. Social interaction (WG3)
  5. Evaluation and ethics (WG4)
  6. Soft robotics (WG5)
They bring together researchers from different labs, sharing a common scientific background and research interest, identifying key scientific problems which will be addressed by RHUM, such as: semi-autonomous teleoperation of robots, active perception, robotics and machine learning.
We also propose 3 transverse challenges that will combine and structure the work done in these 6 working groups, by promoting common objectives related to service and personal robots, and providing common test beds to demonstrate experimentally the progress and collaboration of the different teams and working groups:
  1. Multiparty conversation: social robots taking part in multiparty conversations, with a special focus on multimodal attention;
  2. Human-aware navigation: robots navigating among humans, with a special focus on handling interest: robots should identify people in the crowd that are willing to initiate interaction with the robot while not perturbing displacements of others;
  3. Robotics academy: the idea is to network the several local initiatives that use robots for practical or theoretical courses and promote participation of undergraduate consortiums to robotic challenges such as the Robocup.