About Me

Dennis Sprute PhotoI am a research assistant and PhD student at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg. My research interests are in the fields of image processing and computer vision in the context of HRI and smart home environments.

Currently, I am working on teaching virtual borders to mobile robots to ensure a human-aware robot navigation in human-centered environments, e.g. home environments. These virtual borders are non-physical borders that are respected by the robot while working. This allows non-expert users to interactively and flexibly define the workspaces of their mobile robots, such as vacuum cleaning or companion robots. You can find some exemplary videos on our current project’s website.

Previously, I worked in a research project on fall and activity recognition in a smart home environment. It is based on a small wearable device that is attached to the user’s waist. My activities involved the development of the hardware and the implementation of machine learning algorithms on the resource-limited hardware. The activity recognition system was successfully integrated into an intelligent environment to react on the current user’s activity.

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