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RUBICON

Project ID: 269914
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Robotics UBIquitous COgnitive Network

From 2011-04-01 to 2014-03-31, closed project | RUBICON Website

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 308 140

EU contribution:

EUR 2 506 767

Coordinated in:

Ireland

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-6See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Description

Self-learning robotic ecology
<a href=" http://www.fp7rubicon.eu/" target="_blank">RUBICON</a> will create a self-learning robotic ecology, consisting of a network of sensors, effectors and mobile robot devices. Enabling robots to seamlessly operate as part of these ecologies is an important challenge for robotics R&D, in order to support applications such as ambient assisted living, security and so on. Current approaches heavily rely on models of the environment and on human configuration/supervision and lack the ability to smoothly adapt to evolving situations. RUBICON ecology will be able to teach itself about its environment and learn to improve the way it carries out different tasks. The project will reduce the amount of preparation and pre-programming that robotic and/or wireless sensor network solutions require when they are deployed. In addition, RUBICON ecologies will reduce the need to maintain and re-configure already-deployed systems.

Objective

This project will create a self-learning robotic ecology, called RUBICON (for Robotic UBIquitous COgnitive Network), consisting of a network of sensors, effectors and mobile robot devices.
Enabling robots to seamlessly operate as part of these ecologies is an important challenge for robotics R&D, in order to support applications such as ambient assisted living, security, etc.
Current approaches heavily rely on models of the environment and on human configuration and supervision and lack the ability to smoothly adapt to evolving situations. These limitations make these systems hard and costly to deploy and maintain in real world applications, as they must be tailored to the specific environment and constantly updated to suit changes in both the environments and in the applications where they are deployed.
A RUBICON ecology will be able to teach itself about its environment and learn to improve the way it carries out different tasks. The ecology will act as a persistent memory and source of intelligence for all its participants and it will exploit the mobility and the better sensing capabilities of the robots to verify and provide the feedback on its own performance.
As the nodes of a RUBICON ecology will mutually support one another's learning, the ecology will identify, commission and fulfil tasks more effectively and efficiently.
The project builds on many years of experience across a world-leading consortium. It combines robotics, multi-agent systems, novelty detection, dynamic planning, statistical and computational neuroscience methods, efficient component & data abstraction, robot/WSN middleware and three robotic test-beds. Validation will take place using two application scenarios
Impact: The project will reduce the amount of preparation and pre-programming that robotic and/or wireless sensor network (WSN) solutions require when they are deployed. In addition, RUBICON ecologies will reduce the need to maintain and re-configure already-deployed systems, so that changes in the requirements of such systems can be easily implemented and new components can be easily accommodated.
The relative intelligence and mobility of a robot, when compared to those of a typical wireless sensor node, means that WSN nodes embedded in a RUBICON ecology can learn about their environment and their domain application, through the 'training' that is provided by the robot. This means that the quality of service which is offered by WSNs can be significantly improved, without the need for extensive human involvement.

Coordinator contact

Gregory O'HARE, (Project Coordinator)
Tel.: +353 1 716 2472
Fax: +353 1 269 7262
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 537 616


BELFIELD
4 DUBLIN
Ireland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Donal Doolan
Tel.: +353 1 7161656
Fax: +353 1 7161216

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Participants

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 0


PARQUE CIENTIFICO Y TECNOLOGICO DE GIPUZKOA PASEO MIKELETEGI 2
20009 DONOSTIA SAN SEBASTIAN
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Carmen Pastor
Tel.: +34946002266
Fax: +34946002299

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FUNDACION ROBOTIKER
Participation ended
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 199 687


Parque Tecnologico, Edificio 202
48170 ZAMUDIO
Spain
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Carmen Pastor
Tel.: +34946002266
Fax: +34946002299

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ROBOTNIK AUTOMATION SLL
Spain

EU contribution: EUR 227 640


CARRER DE BARCELONA, 3-A. P.I. FUENTE DEL JARRO
46988 PATERNA
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: Rafael Lopez Tarazon
Tel.: +34 96 3383835
Fax: +34 96 3383580

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PINTAIL LTD
Ireland

EU contribution: EUR 70 220


SPRINGHILL AVENUE 77
A94 K542 BLACKROCK
Ireland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative contact: CIARAN CLISSMANN
Tel.: +353 1 2899529
Fax: +353 1 2899529

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 288 360


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Claudio Montani
Tel.: +390503152923
Fax: +390503153464

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Fondazione Stella Maris
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 65 478


Viale del Tirreno 331
56118 Pisa
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Administrative contact: Giuseppe De Vito
Tel.: +39050886277
Fax: +39050886222

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UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy

EU contribution: EUR 338 400


LUNGARNO PACINOTTI 43/44
56126 PISA
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Paola Fabiani
Tel.: +39 050 2212722
Fax: +39 050 2213113

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OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 330 600


FAKULTETSGATAN 1
70182 OREBRO
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Silvia Coradeschi
Tel.: +46 19 303463
Fax: +46 19 303463

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UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom

EU contribution: EUR 448 766


CROMORE ROAD
BT52 1SA COLERAINE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative contact: Marie Patton
Tel.: +44 28 70124378
Fax: +44 28 70124905

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