Versatile, reliable, able to perform various operations with precision, robots are the preferred tools in flexible automation systems, where manufacturing is expected to change based on the changing needs of the market. Typical robot operations include loading/unloading of machines, welding, painting, all tasks in which the speed of execution increases the productivity of the factory, decreasing cycle times and exempting humans from performing such tasks in uncomfortable conditions. The spread of the production paradigms of Industry 4.0 has given renewed importance to the use of robots, as highly digitalised machines. Alongside traditional industrial manipulator systems, mobile robots (AGV, AMR, LGV) are of increasing importance in industrial logistics and, in general, in applications relating to material flow and transport. Robotics also benefits from the evolution of other production technologies, in particular additive manufacturing, where the robot manipulator is equipped with a tool for deposition of material or is integrated with 3D printers to improve its productivity. Collaborative robotics is a key enabling technology for safe operation in mixed human‒robot environments.
- Artificial intelligence and robotics in polymer foaming
- April 2021 ‒ March 2023
- 39,795 €
- Integrated and collaborative systems for the intelligent factory
- September 2018 ‒ March 2021
- 4,927,079 €
- Robotics Enabling Fully-Integrated Logistics Lines for Supermarkets
- January 2017 ‒ December 2020
- 3.692.850 €
While online grocery stores are expanding, supermarkets continue to provide customers with the sensory experience of choosing goods while walking between display shelves. Retail and logistics companies are committed towards a shopping experience more comfortable and exciting while, at the same time, using technology to reduce costs and increase efficiency. REFILLS is to improve logistics in a supermarket thanks to mobile robotic systems in close and smart collaboration with humans, addressing the main in-store logistics processes for retail shops such as smarter shelf refilling. Information on the articles is exploited to create powerful knowledge bases, used by the robots to identify shelves, recognize missing or misplaced articles, handle them and navigate the shop. Reasoning allows robots to cope with changing task requirements and contexts, and perception-guided reactive control makes them robust to execution errors and uncertainty.
- Modular robots for hospital logistics
- June 2017 ‒ December 2019
- 853,617 €
The project is focused on modular robotic systems capable of working in hospitals by performing different tasks in the logistics. Proper systems and components are to be developed with appropriate interfaces to users and with hospital networks and systems. These technologies can make more efficient hospitals and have a positive impact on patients and staff. The proposed robotic system consists of an omnidirectional mobile base capable of transport, after a suitable coupling, various accessory modules, e.g. trolley with laundry, system drug dispenser, telepresence vision system, through the wards of a hospital.
- Robotic Dynamic Manipulation
- June 2013 ‒ May 2019
- 2,496,600 €
- Dexterous and Autonomous Dual-Arm/Hand Robotic Manipulation with Smart Sensory-Motor Skills: A Bridge from Natural to Artificial Cognition
- February 2008 ‒ January 2012
- 6,300,000 €
The DEXMART project is focused on artificial systems reproducing smart sensory-motor human skills, which operate in unstructured real-world environments. The emphasis is on manipulation capabilities achieved by dexterous, autonomous, human-aware dual-arm/hand robotic systems. The goal is to allow a dual-arm robot including two multi-fingered redundant hands to grasp and manipulate objects with different shape, dimension and weight. Manipulation takes place in an unsupervised, robust and dependable manner so as to allow the robot to safely cooperate with humans for the execution of given tasks. The robotic system has: to possess the ability to autonomously decide between different manipulation options, to properly and quickly react to unexpected situations and events such as changes in human cooperation, to acquire knowledge by learning new action sequences so as to create a consistent and comprehensive manipulation knowledge base through an actual reasoning process.