NIFTi is about human-robot cooperation. About teams of robots and humans doing tasks together, interacting together to try and reach a shared goal. NIFTi looks at how the robot could bear the human in mind. Literally. When determining what to do or say next in human-robot interaction; when, and how. NIFTi puts the human factor into cognitive robots, and human-robot team interaction in particular.
Each year, NIFTi evaluates its systems together with several USAR organizations. Rescue personnel teams up with NIFTi robots to carry out realistic missions, in real-life training areas.
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J. van Diggelen, M. Grootjen, E. M Ubink, M. van Zomeren, and N. JJM Smets
Content-based Design and Implementation of Ambient Intelligence Applications
In: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence 2013 (ISAmI 2013).
Optimal support of professionals in complex ambient task environments requires a system that delivers the Right Message at the Right Moment in the Right Modality: (RM)3. This paper describes a content-based design methodology and an agent-based architecture to enable real time decisions of information presentation according to (RM)3. We will describe the full development cycle of design, development, and evaluation. Ontologies are regarded as key enablers as they define the classes and attributes to allow (RM)3 delivery. As a case study, we describe an ambient computing application for human-robot interaction in the Urban Search and Rescue domain.