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SecondHands: A Robot Assistant For Industrial Maintenance Tasks

Objective

The subject of this proposal is a robot assistant that is trained to understand maintenance tasks so that it can either pro-actively or as a result of prompting, offer assistance to maintenance technicians performing routine and preventative maintenance. Conceptually the robot's task is to provide a second pair of hands to the maintenance engineer, such that once the robot has been trained it can predict when and how it can usefully provide help.

The robot's behavioural repertoire is learnt in a training phase that includes the monitoring of maintenance technician
activity, the construction of a knowledge base that describes the context of a task, and a theory of action that enables dynamic behaviour generation. The result is a set of competencies coupled with an ability to recognise the state of a task
and an understanding of how these competencies can be usefully deployed given the state.

The scope of work includes the construction of a robot assistant, the systems that facilitate the training, the actual training on
a number of representative tasks, perceptual systems that facilitate activity recognition, and validation of the system's ability
to usefully contribute to tasks in collaboration with a maintenance engineer. Assessment of the system will test its ability to recognise when it doesn't know something as well as its ability to generalise its knowledge to previously unseen tasks.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

OCADO GROUP PLC
Address
Buildings One & Two Trident Place Mosquito Way
AL10 9UL Hatfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 768 250

Participants (4)

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 249 750
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 993 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 982 250
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments