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Teaching and implementing autonomous robotic lab walkthroughs in a biotech laboratory through model-based visual tracking
Author(s): Martin Wojtczyk; Giorgio Panin; Thorsten Röder; Claus Lenz; Suraj Nair; Rüdiger Heidemann; Chetan Goudar; Alois Knoll
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Paper Abstract

After utilizing robots for more than 30 years for classic industrial automation applications, service robots form a constantly increasing market, although the big breakthrough is still awaited. Our approach to service robots was driven by the idea of supporting lab personnel in a biotechnology laboratory. After initial development in Germany, a mobile robot platform extended with an industrial manipulator and the necessary sensors for indoor localization and object manipulation, has been shipped to Bayer HealthCare in Berkeley, CA, USA, a global player in the sector of biopharmaceutical products, located in the San Francisco bay area. The determined goal of the mobile manipulator is to support the off-shift staff to carry out completely autonomous or guided, remote controlled lab walkthroughs, which we implement utilizing a recent development of our computer vision group: OpenTL - an integrated framework for model-based visual tracking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 January 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7539, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXVII: Algorithms and Techniques, 75390A (18 January 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.839144
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Martin Wojtczyk, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Bayer HealthCare (United States)
Giorgio Panin, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Thorsten Röder, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Claus Lenz, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Suraj Nair, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Rüdiger Heidemann, Bayer HealthCare (United States)
Chetan Goudar, Bayer HealthCare (United States)
Alois Knoll, Technische Univ. München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7539:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXVII: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Röning, Editor(s)

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