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Fluently - the essence of human-robot interaction

Project description

Making worker–AI cooperation easier

Artificial intelligence (AI) and digitalisation play a big role in many different sectors, offering countless benefits and improved optimisation processes. This has inspired many companies to search for novel ways to integrate them. However, despite all the advantages they offer, AI-based technologies are not easy to implement as they require experience and special know-how from operators. The EU-funded Fluently project aims to change this by developing a novel intelligent interface unit. The smart interface will allow machines to interpret speech content and tone more accurately and convert gestures into instructions, while also focusing on improved worker well-being. The project’s solution also includes the Robo-Gym, providing the first environment in Europe where human–robot interactive training can take place.

Objective

Fluently leverages the latest advancements in AI-driven decision-making process to achieve true social collaboration between humans and machines while matching extremely dynamic manufacturing contexts.
The project results will be: 1) Fluently Smart Interface unit and 2) the Robo-Gym.
The Fluently Smart Interface unit features: 1) interpretation of speech content, speech tone and gestures, automatically translated into robot instructions, making industrial robots accessible to any skill profile; 2) assessment of the operator’s state through a dedicated sensors’ infrastructure that complements a persistent context awareness to enrich an AI-based behavioural framework in charge of triggering the generation of specific robot strategies; 3) modelling products and production changes in a way they could be recognized, interpreted and matched by robots in cooperation with humans. Robots equipped with Fluently will constantly embrace humans’ physical and cognitive loads, but will also learn and build experience with their human teammates to establish a manufacturing practise relying upon quality and wellbeing.
The bond between human and robot is personalized, and it is established during a preliminary training at the Robo-Gym, the first European hub for human-robot interactive training, where human and robot learn from each other a common work practice. Fluently will be validated by demonstration on three full scale pilots characterized by various level of automation, production dynamism and complexity of the manufacturing decision making process.
The total project value required to commercialize the Fluently device and Robo-Gym concept is 18.8 M EUR. Forecast for EBITDA in 2028 is 16.3 M EUR, payback in 2028, with 13% gross profit and ROI 91% in line with sectorial performances. The new turnover generated requires at least 325 workers employed along the Fluently supply chain. Fluently will bring together 21 key industrial and academic stakeholders from 13 countries.

Coordinator

REPLY DEUTSCHLAND SE
Net EU contribution
€ 81 593,75
Address
Bartholomausweg 26
33334 Gutersloh
Germany

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Detmold Gütersloh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Other funding
€ 34 968,75

Participants (16)

Partners (5)