DexROV Final Trials 2018

In a three weeks long campaign in June, the project’s final trials were conducted. The final integration of software and hardware components of all partners took place.
During this period various integration tests were performed in parallel with the goal of making the entire system – with its divers components – robust for the final demonstration that was performed on 28th of June.
The demonstration showed DexROV’s main project objective: the deployment of a ROV to a manipulation scenario under real underwater sea conditions in Marseille and providing a stable satellite communication/control channel to the Mission Control Center at Space Applications Services in Zaventem which is about 1000km away from Marseille.

Further information can be found at DexROV’s blog.

Two Weeks Trials Successfully Finished at Comex in Marseille

During these trials the first software and hardware integration with partners took place.
As part of the experiments a test panel which is built by Comex was submerged at 100m depths.
We could test our camera setup as well as our perception and localization components with systems of other project partners.

More information about the trials can be found at

Oceans’17 MTS/IEEE Aberdeen

Our three papers are accepted at Oceans’17 Aberdeen:

  • Robotic Bridge Inspection Within Strategic Flood Evacuation Planning within the FloodEvac Project
  • Efficient Continuous System Integration and Validation for Deep-Sea Robotics Applications focuses on the integration process in the DexROV Project
  • Stereo-vision based diver pose estimation using LSTM recurrent neural networks for AUV navigation guidance within the Caddy Project

DexROV Integration & Plenary Meeting

Software integration and project progress meeting at the Campus of Jacobs University. Given the developed framework in DexROV, partners could integrate components and verify functionality in simulation.

A short demonstration of the simulation is shown in the following video.

More details can be found at and at Publications/ Efficient Continuous System Integration and Validation for Deep-Sea Robotics Applications.

RoboCup 2012 German Open

Shortly after joining DFKI, the German Open 2012 took place in Magdeburg. The b-it-bots have achieved the 2nd place! … Congratulations!
The proposed object categorization approach (cf. Publications/ 3D Object Shape Categorization in Domestic Environments, 2012) has been integrated on the Care-O-Bot 3 platform Jenny and demonstrated at the final of the RoboCup@Home League (see below video e.g. at 7:48min).

German Russian Robotics Initiative – Robotic Games 2012

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University together with other Universities like

  • Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • Moscow State Institute of Radio-engineering Electronics and Automation
  • St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University
  • National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University

organizing a robotic game competition between students. At each university qualifying games have taken place. The winners will participate in the finals at Moscow Polytechnic Museum.

I had been the local referee for the Robotic Games at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University.

Back From California

Finally back home after two weeks of travel. We spent the first week on visiting companies and labs:

in the second week we attended the IROS Conference in San Francisco. We showed our General Purpose Service Robot demonstration (cf. Publications/ IROS 2011) at the Robotics Demonstration event.

Also we presented the paper Surface Reconstruction with Growing Neural Gas in the Active Semantic Perception and Object Search in the Real World workshop.