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DustBot

Project ID: 045299
Funded under

Networked and Cooperating Robots for Urban Hygiene

From 2006-12-01 to 2009-11-30, closed project | DustBot Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 822 600

EU contribution:

EUR 1 898 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP6-2005-IST-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Description

The DustBot project is aimed at designing, developing, testing and demonstrating a system for improving the management of urban hygiene based on a network of autonomous and cooperating robots, embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure.

The DustBot project is aimed at designing, developing and testing a system for improving the management of urban hygiene based on a network of autonomous and cooperating robots, embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure.

The robots will be able to operate in partially unstructured environments (such as squares, streets, parks, etc.) and to vacuumclean them from rubbish and dirt. They will be able to transport small quantities of home garbage, collected on demand from citizens, at their doors. By using preloaded information on the environment (e.g. area maps) and inputs from on-board and external sensory systems, and by taking advantage of the benefits provided by the Ambient Intelligence platform, the robot will be able to move with a proper (and selectable) level of autonomy to carry out its tasks.

The robots will be also equipped with multiple sensors for the monitoring of air (e.g. nitrogen oxides ?NOx-; sulphur oxides ?SOx-; ozone -O3-, benzene, COx, etc.), giving in real time information on the environmental quality in real time. Robots will work as mobile stations, which will monitor pollutants levels in highly populated areas (as well as pedestrian, central areas). Acquired data will be also transferred onto dedicated databases by utilizing the features of the ubiquitous communications network.

The robots and sensors will be part of an Ambient Intelligence platform, which will integrate not only sensors and tools for monitoring the environment and robot tasks execution, but also communications backhaul systems during clean up/emergency operations, databases technologies, knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) processes for extracting and increasing knowledge on urban hygiene management. Following the computation on stored data, feedback will be sent back to human actors (supervisors, decision makers, such as municipality managers, etc.) and/or artificial actuators, in order to perform actions.

Objective

The DustBot project is aimed at designing, developing and testing a system for improving the management of urban hygiene based on a network of autonomous and cooperating robots, embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure.The robots will be able to operate in partially unstructured environments (such as squares, streets, parks, etc.) and to vacuumclean them from rubbish and dirt. They will be able to transport small quantities of home garbage, collected on demand from citizens, at their doors. By using preloaded information on the environment (e.g. area maps) and inputs from on-board and external sensory systems, and by taking advantage of the benefits provided by the Ambient Intelligence platform, the robot will be able to move with a proper (and selectable) level of autonomy to carry out its tasks. The robots will be also equipped with multiple sensors for the monitoring of air (e.g. nitrogen oxides ?NOx-; sulphur oxides ?SOx-; ozone -O3-, benzene, COx, etc.), giving in real time information on the environmental quality in real time. Robots will work as mobile stations, which will monitor pollutants levels in highly populated areas (as well as pedestrian, central areas). Acquired data will be also transferred onto dedicated databases by utilizing the features of the ubiquitous communications network. The robots and sensors will be part of an Ambient Intelligence platform, which will integrate not only sensors and tools for monitoring the environment and robot tasks execution, but also communications backhaul systems during clean up/emergency operations, databases technologies, knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) processes for extracting and increasing knowledge on urban hygiene management. Following the computation on stored data, feedback will be sent back to human actors (supervisors, decision makers, such as municipality managers, etc.) and/or artificial actuators, in order to perform actions.

Coordinator

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 533 500


Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 34
56025 Pontedera
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Paolo Dario
Tel.: +39050883414
Fax: +39050883497
E-mail

Participants

HOCHSCHULE FUER TECHNIK + ARCHITEKTUR LUZERN
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 150 000


TECHNIKUMSTRASSE 21
6048 HORW
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Peter Sollberger
Tel.: 0041413493359
Fax: 0041413493966
HAUTE ECOLE D'INGENIERIE ET DE GESTION DU CANTON DE VAUD
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 145 000


ROUTE DE CHESEAUX 1
1401 YVERDON-LES-BAINS
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Stephan Robert
Tel.: +41795679835
E-mail
FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 185 000


PARQUE TECNOLOGICO EDF 202
48170 ZAMUDIO
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Arantxa Renteria
Tel.: +34 94 600 22 0
Fax: +34 94 600 22 9
E-mail
MIDRA, MULTIDISCIPLINAR INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 152 800


VIA DI SANTA MARTA 3
50139 FIRENZE
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Fantacci Romano
Tel.: +39 055 4796270
Fax: +39 055 472858
E-mail
SYNAPSIS - SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 217 800


PIAZZA DANTE 19/20
57121 LIVORNO
Italy
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: Davide Guerri
Tel.: +39 0586 426790
Fax: +39 0586 443954
E-mail
ROBOTECH SRL
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 148 900


VIA CHIODO 161
19100 LA SPEZIA
Italy
Administrative contact: Giancarlo Teti
Tel.: +39 0587 672027
Fax: +39 0587 670936
E-mail
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 270 000


FAKULTETSGATAN 1
701 82 OEREBRO
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Achim Lilienthal
Tel.: +46-19-303602
Fax: +46-19-303463
E-mail
H W COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 95 000


FIRST FLOOR ST GEORGES WORKS, ST GEORGES QUAY
LA1 5QJ LANCASTER (LANCASHIRE)
United Kingdom
Activity type: Other
Administrative contact: David Lund
Tel.: +44 1524 849196
Fax: +44 1524 34455
E-mail
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