NANORACProject ID: 13680
Nano robotic for assembly characterisation
Total cost:EUR 1 686 516
EU contribution:EUR 1 350 000
Call for proposal:FP6-2003-NMP-TI-3-MAINSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
The objectives of this project are to develop efficient instrumentation for measurement, analysis and manufacture at the nano-scale. We propose a robotic system which would allow an untrained operator to interact with nano-scale objects for characterizat ion, sorting and assembly tasks. This approach makes it necessary to study and resolve different problems in order to create a robust robotic system capable of the desired functionalities. The scientific approach developed in this proposal is applicabl e to all nano-scale objects but as a concrete example, will concentrate on the carbon nanotubes. First of all, precise manipulation calls for a clear understanding of the physical specificities of the nanoscale. Secondly, based on this knowledge, adapte d manipulation tools and grippers can be designed. Then, given precise pick-up and release tasks, manipulation strategies and corresponding control schemes must be established. The second important point is to provide the human operator an optimal mean t o control the operation. The difficulty is that the classical optical methods dont work because of the smaller than lights wavelength size of the targeted objects. Techniques such as SEM (Scanning electron Microscopy) exist but the resulting 2D images do not provide sufficient position information for a precise manipulation. A 3D virtual reality reconstruction of the manipulation is a good solution to provide the user a complete set of information on the operation. Moreover, a haptic interface will furn ish a most intuitive interaction between the operator and the system. The activities forecast by the project proposal, will generate fundamental improvements for any future possible applications and, in the long term, will stimulate either the industrial production of the nano based products and their applications and the employment of the developed knowledge in further research projects.