Last Sunday travelled two Stockholm for two reasons (1) the first consortium meeting of the FP7 project IURO at KTH-Department for Speech, Music and Hearing, (2) to meet Dr. Henriette Cramer and get a tour at Mobile Life Center.
Besides coffee drinking in Gamla Stan, visiting the Vasa Museum, and a boat tour we were working hard on the IURO project to strengthen the common project vision and find possibilities to integrate the contributions of all partners in one architecture. Our vision is to build a robot that autonomously finds its way to pre-defined places, people or items in quickly changing environments through proactive communication with passers-by. The 2-days meeting was very fruitful and the highlight was a dinner invitation at house of Prof. Björn Ganström (I will have hard times to top that in the next meeting hosted in December in Salzburg ;-)).
My visit at Mobile Life Center was a very-well toured trip through the broad and interesting project landscape of this research center. Henriette gave me a great overview on all the current activities (ranging from pervasive gaming over mobile health applications to HRI with companion robots) and even some of her colleagues took the time to explain me their projects in mor detail. Lucky me I was even invited afterwards by Prof. Lars Erik Holmquist to join an “after work bear” of the research group.
All in all the trip to Sweden was definitely worth it, thanks again to Henriette and Matthias at this point for showing me around in Stockholm.