K - JKU's Interactive Robocar.

  • Project period: 2019-2020
  • Funders: LIT Artifact Call
  • Project Partners: Institute for Machine Learning (Lead), LIT AI Lab, LIT Robopsychology Lab (all JKU)

Titled K (named after Johannes Kepler), the interdisciplinary project team is developing an intelligent robot model car that can drive fully autonomously and agilely on changing terrain. K can also interact with its environment: it can recognize people and focus on a specific person for 1:1 interaction.

Inner states such as attention or "curiosity" are communicated to the outside world by K via a colored, illuminated shell. In order to correctly assess demanding situations and derive fast driving maneuvers from them, our robot car uses different technologies such as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and image recognition - the LIT AI Lab and the Audi.JKU Deep Learning Center have achieved great expertise in applying these technologies over the recent years.

In order to make the image processing, which is particularly important for autonomous driving, clear to a broad audience, K optionally sends its camera view and a visual representation of its environment to a screen in real time. Students, pupils and other audience groups can thus not only physically enter the "shared space" with the mobile robot but at the same time have the opportunity to "see through its eyes" and develop a better understanding of modern AI methods.

"K" will be an intelligent model car that can navigate fully autonomously and communicate states to the outside world by an interactive shell.