Team homer is part of the Active Vision research group (AGAS, http://agas.uni-koblenz.de) at the Institute of Computational Visualistics of the University of Koblenz-Landau. Further robotics projects of AGAS can be found at http://robots.uni-koblenz.de
All you need to know about Lisa
Lisa is the autonomous service robot of team homer@UniKoblenz. She participates in the RoboCup and RoCKIn competition in the @Home league. Lisa is able to build 2D-grid maps and navigate savely and autonomously even in dynamic environments. She can memorize, detect and recognize objects. Using her 6-DOF arm Lisa can grasp objects from tables and shelves, carry them and pass them on to people.
Lisa is also able to detect and recognize faces and to follow people. To interact with Lisa one can use speech or gestures. Lisa is able to understand spoken commands and reply using a synthesized female voice. Lisa’s animated face can take seven different expressions to convey a specific mood. While speaking her lips move correctly synchronized according to the spoken words.
Since her first participation in 2008 at the RoboCup German Open Lisa was able to qualify each year for the RoboCup World Championship. Since 2008 Lisa and team homer@UniKoblenz repeatedly ranked among the best teams in the @Home league. Lisa received two special awards: the Innovation Award at the RoboCup 2010 in Singapur for the innovative coordination of a second service robot and the Technical Challenge Award at the RoboCup 2012 in Mexico-City for her excellent object recognition skills. The achievements of the past years are summarized in the following table:
The Active Vision Group offers practical courses for students where the abilities of Lisa are further extended. In the scope of these courses the students design, develop, and test new software components and try out new hardware setups. The practical courses are supervised by a research associate. Latest information and impressions are available on this website. To learn more about the various projects of the last years, please take a look at the project history.
Each year new students participate in the practical courses and are engaged in the development of Lisa. These students form the team homer@UniKoblenz to participate at the RoboCup@Home. homer is short for “home robots” and is one of the participating teams that entirely consist of students.