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[top][back] Border Ownership Project (TUBITAK)

In this project, we have three goals: (1) Investigate the mechanisms important for determining border ownership. (2) Use and interpret the results of the investigation in item (1) to develop a computational model that would estimate the border ownership of the edges in the images. (3) Apply the developed computational model to important vision problems to demonstrate that using border ownership improves acquisition of reliable and complete visual information.

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[top][back] Development of Hierarchical Concepts in Humanoid Robots Project (TUBITAK)

In this project, we will study how a (cognitively) developing and embodied humanoid robot can acquire a hierarchical representaion of concepts from its experiences. For this goal, by going beyond the current literature, we will use language, appearance as well as affordances of objects and investigate how these three modalities can affect the formation of the hierarchy. The proposed methods and mechanisms will be demonstrated on a concise scenario involving a humanoid robot iCub interact with a human on a clearly defined task.

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[top][back] EU ROSSI Project

ROSSI (Emergence of Communication in Robots through Sensorimotor and Social Interaction) is an FP7 EU Project (FP7-216125) which started on 1st of February, 2008 and will run for three years. ROSSI is interested in the following two goals:

  • to investigate the role of canonical and mirror neurons in development of concepts and language,
  • to develop novel methods to make artificial agents (for example, robots) acquire concepts and abilities to explore and communicate about the environment.

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[top][back] EU MACS Project

How can concepts from Cognitive Systems be applied to Autonomous Robots? This research track is being supported by the MACS project, a StREP project accepted by the EC (European Commission) in FP6 within the Cognitive Systems strategic objective call of IST.

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[top][back] CoSwarm

The main scientific objective of this project is to investigate how and to what extend the dynamics of a robotic swarm can be externally controlled. In the project, a heterogeneous swarm, consisting of two types of mobile robots, one in large numbers but simple, the other in fewer numbers but more complex, will be developed. The experiments to be made with the real robots will be complemented by systematic experiments carried out in physically realistic simulation models that will also be developed. Click here for more information.

[top][back] Embedded Linux for CoSwarm

The development of KOBOT's imaging subsystem and is intended to expand as the project progresses. Click here for more information.

[top][back] From Ants to Robots

[top][back] Assessment of space

How do ants assess the size and integrity of a closed space with limited perceptual sensing, and how can their methods be applied to mobile robots? Click here for more information.

[top][back] Previous Research Topics

[top][back] Swarm Bots

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Sub-contract to IRIDIA for the Swarm-bots project.

[top][back] Sanal Robot Kolonisi

"Sanal Robot Kolonisi" project supported by BAP.

[top][back] Kendi Kendine Örgütlenebilir Robot Oğulu

"Kendi Kendine Orgutlenebilir Robot Ogulu", an inter-disciplinary BAP project run together with Dr. Bugra Koku from Dept. of Mechanical Eng. of METU.

[top][back] Caligrapher Robot Project

This project aimed to design a robot controlled by a remote agent through bluetooth connection. A person holding a PDA would be able to control it by moving the stylus. The robot would be capable of holonomic motion, and mimic the path that the stylus draws on the screen. Click here for more information.

[top][back] Dancing Robots Project

The goal of the project was to use PDA's with the LEGO Mindstorms kits. Through this we were not able to expand the programming, and display capabilities of the Mindstorms but also were able to use the IrDA (infrared) communication ability of the PDA's as a medium of communication between the robots. Click here for more information.

[top][back] Instincts for Guiding and Energizing Learning

How can learning be scaled for autonomous systems. Where to draw the line between evolution and learning for adaptation?

[top][back] 3D Colored Range Image Construction

The Kurt3D robot acquires distance information of the points in its scan range by using the laser scanner. Since distance information is acquired due to the scan rays, only the distance of the points that are on direction of the scan rays can be calculated. The laser scanner does not give any color information about these points. Color information of these points can be obtained from two color cameras of the Kurt3D robot, if the points are in one of the camera views.

The objective of my project is to fuse the range and camera images obtained by the Kurt3D robot onto a single colored range image. While doing 3D modeling of the robot environment on a single image, we referred distance and color information acquired from the laser scanner and the cameras. Click here for more information.

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