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Neutral Interfaces for Robotics

Objective

The objective of the project is to develop neutral interfaces and neutral data formats for the exchange of geometrical, technological and programming functions and data between CAD, robot planning and robot control. The user-oriented robot programming language is treated as an interface, between the programmer and the programming system. These developments will be based on formal techniques for specifying the interfaces that are relevant for the robotic application area. In this sense, the proposed project follows the approach of ESPRIT project 322 and extends its scope into the robotics domain.

The first phase of NIRO is covered by ESPRIT II project 2614. This project covers its continuation and completion. The text relates to the whole project.

The main aim is to develop processors, software tools and methods that will enable multivendor systems to be put together. An important topic of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach by constructing prototypes to prove the inter-communication capabilities between systems built from multivendor modules.

The development of neutral interfaces consists basically of the following steps:

- identification of the relevant interfaces
- identification of the information representing the functions and data for planning, programming and program execution in robotics which have to flow across the interfaces
- formal specification of the data types and statements and their semantics and syntactical representation
- development, testing and enhancement of processors
- implementation of the software tools in an industrial environment
- demonstration and documentation
- active contribution to international standardisation activities in the areas of product data technology, robot programming language, and robot control code.

Coordinator

Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe Technik und Umwelt GmbH
Address
Weberstraße 5
76133 Karlsruhe
Germany

Participants (9)

BYG Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
William Lee Building Highfield Science Park University Boulevard
NG7 2RQ Nottingham
CONSTRUCCIONES AERONAUTICAS
Spain
Address
Rey Francisco, 4
28008 Madrid
DANMARKS TEKNISKE HOJSKOLE
Denmark
Address
Lundtoftevej, 100
2800 Lyngby
DANSK INGENIOR SYSTEM
Denmark
Address
Granskoven, 10
2600 Glostrup
DISENO INGENIERIA DE SISTEMAS ELECTRONICOS
Spain
Address
Av.burgos, 8-B
28036 Madrid
Fiat SpA
Italy
Address
Corso G Marconi 10-20
10125 Torino
PSI GMBH
Germany
Address
Heilbronner Straße 10
10711 Berlin
REIS GMBH & CO MASCHINENFABRIK
Germany
Address
Industriegebeit An Der B 426
63785 Obernburg
Seeber Srl
Italy
Address
Nobelstrasse 11
3905 Leifers