The group of Prof. Sören Schwertfeger is developing small mobile robots. The emphasis in this research is on very cheap by capable systems. This is achieved by relying on modern smartphone technology as main means of computation, sensing and communication. We are using the Robot Operating System ROS to employ visual SLAM techniques for mapping and to integrate autonomous behaviours on the robots.
One goal is to use those robots as very cheap, almost disposable systems to search for victims and hazards in very confined spaces - e.g. rubble piles. Towards this end we plan to engage into RoboCup Rescue competitions as a means to thoroughly test our development and compare our solution with robots from all over the world.