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HANDLE

Project reference: 231640
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Developmental pathway towards autonomy and dexterity in robot in-hand manipulation [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2009-02-02 to 2013-02-01

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 8 189 858

EU contribution:

EUR 6 350 000

Coordinated in:

France

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Handling with the efficiency of humans

Today’s robots are unable to achieve a high level of dexterous and fine manipulation, especially when this requires in-hand manipulation. The HANDLE project aims at understanding how humans perform the manipulation of objects in order to replicate grasping and skilled in-hand movements with an anthropomorphic artificial hand, and thereby move robot grippers from current best practice towards more autonomous, natural and effective articulated hands. The goal is to endow the proposed robotic hand with advanced perception capabilities, high level feedback control and elements of intelligence that allow recognition of objects and context, reasoning about actions and a high degree of recovery from failure during the execution of dexterous tasks.

Objective

The field of robotics is undergoing a major revolution as it is increasingly being applied to general purposes outside the production line: for health, rehabilitation and professional services, in domestic and leisure environments, as well as hazardous environments. There, one keystone for robots to carry out accurate and intelligent tasks, with and for people, is their ability both to handle autonomously all sorts of objects and to use human tools. However, today's robots are unable to achieve dexterous and fine manipulation, especially when this requires in-hand manipulation. They are far from being able to understand and reason about their environments, their goals and their own capabilities, to learn skills and improve their performance by what they have been taught and their own experience, to interact with their environments with the efficiency of humans.\nThe HANDLE project aims at understanding how humans perform the manipulation of objects in order to replicate grasping and skilled in-hand movements with an anthropomorphic artificial hand, and thereby move robot grippers from current best practice towards more autonomous, natural and effective articulated hands. The project implies not only focusing on technological developments but also working with fundamental multidisciplinary research aspects in order to endow the robotic hand system with advanced perception capabilities, high level feedback control and elements of intelligence that allow recognition of objects and context, reasoning about actions and a high degree of recovery from failure during the execution of dexterous tasks.\nIntegrating findings from disciplines such as neuroscience, developmental psychology, cognitive science, robotics, multimodal perception and machine learning, the method we will develop is based on an original blend of learning and predicting behaviours from imitation and "babbling" to allow the robot to be capable of responding to gaps in its knowledge.

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Documents and Publications

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Véronique PERDEREAU, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: 33 1 44 27 62 11
Fax: 33 1 44 27 62 11
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
Place Jussieu 4
Paris Cedex 05, France
Administrative contact: Véronique Perdereau
Tel.: 33 1 44 27 62 11
Fax: 33 1 44 27 75 09
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EDMUND-SIEMERS-ALLEE
HAMBURG, Germany
Administrative contact: Linda Reams-Behboud
Tel.: +49 40 42838 4425
Fax: +49 40 42838 5621
E-mail
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Spain
CALLE MADRID
GETAFE (MADRID), Spain
Administrative contact: Regina GARCÍA BEATO
Tel.: 00 34 91 624 9931
Fax: 00 34 91 624 9930
E-mail
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
RUE LEBLANC
PARIS 15, France
Administrative contact: Patrick TOURRET
Tel.: +33 1 69 08 91 30
Fax: +33 1 69 08 95 41
E-mail
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Avenida Rovisco Pais
LISBOA, Portugal
Administrative contact: Teresa Malhoa
Tel.: +351 218417731
Fax: +351 218478619
E-mail
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
PACO DAS ESCOLAS
COIMBRA, Portugal
Administrative contact: Jorge Manuel Miranda Dias
Tel.: +351-91-8711531
Fax: +351-239-406672-
E-mail
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden
FAKULTETSGATAN
OEREBRO, Sweden
Administrative contact: Silvia Coradeschi
Tel.: 4619303298
Fax: 46 19 303 463
E-mail
THE SHADOW ROBOT COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
IDA Road
London, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Rich WALKER
Tel.: +44-207-7002487
Fax: -
E-mail
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Strand
LONDON, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Paul Labbett
Tel.: +44 20 7848 8184
Fax: +442078488187
E-mail
Record Number: 89250 / Last updated on: 2014-10-07