The RoboEarth project exploits a new approach towards providing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to carrying out useful tasks autonomously. The core of the innovation involves a world-wide web-style database: RoboEarth. RoboEarth will allow robots to share any reusable knowledge independent from their hardware and configuration. When a robot starts performing a task, it is able to download available high-level knowledge on both task and environment; next, it can use and translate this knowledge to its hardware specifications and its configuration and will improve it by learning during the task. Finally, it will upload its knowledge to RoboEarth again.

As a result of the proposed project, major innovations are expected in the fields of: 3D sensing, control strategies and learning. Next to these, RoboEarth will contribute to a more modular design of robotic systems; robot hardware with a hardware abstraction layer for RoboEarth will be enough to build a functional robot.

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