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FP7 Darwin

DARWIN

Project reference: 270138
Funded under

Dextrous Assembler Robot Working with embodied INtelligence

From 2011-02-01 to 2015-01-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 042 119

EU contribution:

EUR 3 090 000

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
Targeting both assembly and service industry, the DARWIN project aims to develop an "acting, learning and reasoning" assembler robot that will ultimately be capable of assembling complex objects from its constituent parts. First steps will also be taken to explore the general reparation problem. Functionally the robotic artefact will operate in three modes: slave, semi-autonomous, fully autonomous mode.
Categorization, object affordances, accurate manipulation and discovery of the naive physics will be acquired gradually by the robot. The reasoning system will exploit all these experiences in order to allow the robot to go beyond experience when confronted with novel situations.

Objective

Targeting both assembly and service industry the DARWIN project aims to develop an 'acting, learning and reasoning' assembler robot that will ultimately be capable of assembling complex objects from its constituent parts. First steps will also be taken to explore the general reparation problem (seen as a sequence of assembly-disassembly actions). Functionally the robotic artefact will operate in three modes: a) slave, where the necessary sequence of operations will be provided by a CAD-CAM system; b) semi-autonomous, where the sequence will be provided either through demonstration by a teacher performing the same task or by describing it in a higher level 'language', suitable for a human operator. In this mode the system's perception will provide closure of the perception-action loop, so eliminating the need for detailed spatial information as in (a); c) fully autonomous mode, where an executive process will generate the necessary sequence by reasoning and mental simulation of consequences of actions on objects. Effort will be put to keep the resulting cognitive architecture domain agnostic. This directly implies that the robot should be able to effectively generalize and transfer previously gained knowledge to new tasks (or performing the same task in a slightly modified world). The objects in its world will not be known apriori. Rather, their knowledge will be built by interacting with them. Thus categorization, object affordances, accurate manipulation and discovery of the naive physics will be acquired gradually by the robot. In addition, it will also learn the solution steps for an assembly problem by observing snapshots of the assembled object during various construction phases. The reasoning system will exploit all these experiences in order to allow the robot to go beyond experience when confronted with novel situations. A series of demonstrators of increasing complexity will be developed in correlation with the maturation of the cognitive architecture.

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Coordinator

PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 743 201


IM STADTGUT A2
4407 STEYR-GLEINK
Austria
Administrative contact: Christian Eitzinger
Tel.: +43 7282 885250
Fax: +43 7252 885101
E-mail

Participants

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czech Republic

EU contribution: EUR 414 820


ZIKOVA
166 36 PRAHA
Czech Republic
Administrative contact: Jiri Matas
Tel.: +420 22435721
Fax: +420 224357385
E-mail
E. KASDERIDIS & SIA E.E.
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 325 030


ANTONI TRITSI BUSINESS INCUBATOR
57001 THESSALONIKI
Greece
Administrative contact: Stathis Kasderidis
Tel.: +30 2310 804 967
Fax: +30 2310 804 810
E-mail
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 547 112


N PLASTIRA STR
70013 HERAKLION
Greece
Administrative contact: Zinovia Papatheodorou
Tel.: +30 2810 391522
Fax: +30 2810 391555
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 530 000


VIA MOREGO
16163 GENOVA
Italy
Administrative contact: Chiara Andreoli
Tel.: +3901071781854
Fax: +39 010 7170817
E-mail
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 529 837


Strand
WC2R 2LS LONDON
United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Paul LABBETT
Tel.: +44 207 848 8184
Fax: +44 207 848 8187
E-mail
Record Number: 102440 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01