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AIRobots

Project ID: 248669
Funded under

Innovative aerial service robots for remote inspections by contact

From 2010-02-01 to 2013-01-31, closed project | AIRobots Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 614 142

EU contribution:

EUR 2 616 000

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-4See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Innovative aerial platform for physically interacting with the human world
The goal of the <a href="http://airobots.ing.unibo.it/" target="_blank">AIRobots</a> project is to develop a new generation of aerial service robots capable to support human beings in all those activities which require the ability to interact actively and safely with environments not constrained on ground but, indeed, freely in air. The step forward with respect to the “classical” field of aerial robotics is to realize aerial vehicles able to accomplish a large variety of applications, such as inspection of buildings and large infrastructures, sample picking, aerial remote manipulation, and so forth. The aerial platform will be remotely supervised by the operator with the use of haptic devices and will be like a flying hand for the human, thanks to force and visual feedback strategies.

Objective

The goal of the AIRobots project is to develop a new generation of aerial service robots capable to support human beings in all those activities which require the ability to interact actively and safely with environments not constrained on ground but, indeed, freely in air. The step forward with respect to the classical field of aerial robotics is to realize aerial vehicles able to accomplish a large variety of applications, such as inspection of buildings and large infrastructures, sample picking, aerial remote manipulation, etc.The starting point is an aerial platform whose aeromechanical configuration allows the vehicle to interact with the environment in a non-destructive way and to hover close to operating points. Rotary-wing aerial vehicles with shrouded propellers represent the basic airframes which will be then equipped with appropriate robotic end-effectors and sensors in order to transform the aerial platform into an aerial service robot, a system able to fly and to achieve robotic tasks. Advanced automatic control algorithms will be conceived to govern the aerial platform which will be remotely supervised by the operator with the use of haptic devices. Particular emphasis will be given to develop advanced human-in-the-loop and autonomous navigation control strategies relying upon a cooperative and adaptive interaction between the on-board automatic control and the remote operator. Force and visual feedback strategies will be investigated in order to transform the aerial platform in a flying hand suitable for aerial manipulation.The consortium is composed of four academic groups and an SME with the role of end-user and evaluator of the project outcomes. Prototypes of aerial service robots will be developed and tested on experimental setups which will be constructed in order to reproduce typical industrial scenarios for which aerial inspection robotics can be beneficial (docking, cleaning, inspection and repairing of infrastructures, payload lifting, etc.).

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Coordinator contact

Lorenzo MARCONI, (Professor)

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 650 569


Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Verdiana Bandini
Tel.: +390512099764
Fax: +390512098115
E-mail

Participants

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 614 520


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Roland Siegwart
Tel.: +41 44 632 23 58
Fax: +41 86 079 214 49 27
E-mail
ALSTOM INSPECTION ROBOTICS AG
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 210 684


TECHNOPARKSTRASSE
8005 ZURICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Ekkehard Zwicker
Tel.: +41 44 633 7596
Fax: +41 44 633 1482
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II.
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 458 072


Corso Umberto I
80138 NAPOLI
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Cinzia Cannizzaro
Tel.: +39-0817683830
Fax: +39-0817683816
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands

EU contribution: EUR 610 155


DRIENERLOLAAN
7522 NB ENSCHEDE
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: B.J. Pals
Tel.: +31 53 489 3702
Fax: n/a
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 72 000


VIA PONTE DON MELILLO
84084 FISCIANO (SA)
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Carmen Caterina
Tel.: +39089964219
Fax: +39089964218
E-mail
Record Number: 93629 / Last updated on: 2016-04-01