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ROBOSKIN

Project reference: 231500
Funded under: FP7-ICT

Skin-Based Technologies and Capabilities for \nSafe, Autonomous and Interactive Robots [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2009-05-01 to 2012-04-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 4 668 535

EU contribution:

EUR 3 557 139

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2007-3

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Development of a skin for robot

The ROBOSKIN project has the goal to develop and demonstrate a range of new robot capabilities based on the tactile feedback provided by a robotic skin from large areas of the robot body. The new capabilities will improve the ability of robots to operate effectively and safely in unconstrained environments and also their ability to communicate and co-operate with each other and with humans. One side of the ROBOSKIN project focuses on the investigation of methods and technologies enabling the implementation of skin sensors that can be used with existing robots. The other side of the project develops new structures for representing and integrating tactile data with existing cognitive architectures in order to support skin-based cognition, behaviour and communication.

Objective

This project will develop and demonstrate a range of new robot capabilities based on robot skin tactile feedback from large areas of the robot body. An investigation of these issues until now has been limited by the lack of tactile sensing technologies enabling large scale experimental activities, since so far skin technologies and embedded tactile sensors have been mostly demonstrated only at prototype stage. The new capabilities will improve the ability of robots to operate effectively and safely in unconstrained environments and also their ability to communicate and co-operate with each other and with humans. To support this aim, one part of the project will focus on the investigation of methods and technologies enabling the implementation of skin sensors that can be used with existing robots. Other parts of the project will develop new structures for representing and integrating tactile data with existing cognitive architectures in order to support skin-based cognition, behaviour and communication. As a result, the project will address three main objectives. The first is to develop new sensor technologies that can provide tactile feedback from large areas of the robot body. This development process will be incremental and will take advantage of feedback produced from the application of these technologies in the work done on the other project objectives. The second objective is to develop and integrate fundamental cognitive structures for efficient and safe utilisation of tactile data in terms of a robot body image, safe reflexive reactions to tactile events and flexible representations of spatially and temporally distributed patterns of physical contact. The last objective is to develop cognitive mechanisms that use tactile feedback to improve human-robot interaction capabilities particularly in the domains of programming through demonstration and robot assisted play.

Related information

Documents and Publications

Open Access

Coordinator contact

Giorgio CANNATA, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +39 010 3532223
Fax: +39 010 3532154
E-mail

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Via Opera Pia 13
Genova, Italy
Administrative contact: Cinzia Leone
Tel.: +39-010-3532311
Fax: +39-010-3532948
E-mail

Participants

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Bâtiment CE-3.316 Station 1
LAUSANNE, Switzerland
Administrative contact: Aude Billard
Tel.: +41-21-693-5464
Fax: +41-21-693-7850
E-mail
FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
VIA MOREGO
GENOVA, Italy
Administrative contact: Ingrid Sica
Tel.: +39 010 71781418
Fax: +39 010 7170817
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
VIA UNIVERSITA 40
CAGLIARI, Italy
Administrative contact: Pazzalli Renata
Tel.: +39-070-6755890
Fax: +39-070-6755900
E-mail
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
COLLEGE LANE
HATFIELD, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Christopher Gibbs
Tel.: +44-(0)1707-284184
Fax: +44-(0)1707-284185
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF WALES NEWPORT
United Kingdom
CAERLEON CAMPUS SOUTH WALES
NEWPORT, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Richard Jeans
Tel.: +44-1633-432559
Fax: +44-1633-432543
E-mail
TechOnYou Srl
Italy
via Val d Elsa
Cagliari, Italy
Administrative contact: N/A N/A
Tel.: +00 0 000000
E-mail
Record Number: 89511 / Last updated on: 2014-10-07