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Robotics Enabling Fully-Integrated Logistics Lines for Supermarkets

Objectif

While online grocery stores are expanding, supermarkets continue to provide customers with the sensory experience of choosing goods while walking between display shelves. Therefore, retail and logistics companies are concerned with making the shopping experience more comfortable and exciting while, at the same time, using technology to reduce costs and improve efficiency. The REFILLS project aims at developing robotic systems able to address the in-store logistics needs of the retail market. Three scenarios building on top of each other are considered. In the 1st scenario, mobile robots inspect shelves and generate semantic environment maps for layout identification and store monitoring. The 2nd scenario employs robot arms for autonomous sorting of articles in the backroom and for assisting human clerks with shelf refilling in the shop. In the 3rd scenario, the autonomy of the robot is strengthened, resulting in a robotic clerk capable of manipulating articles varying in shape, surface, fragility, stiffness and weight, and refill shelves without human intervention. These scenarios trigger a number of research and technology challenges that are tackled within REFILLS. Information on the supermarket articles is exploited to create powerful knowledge bases, which are used by the robots to identify shelves, recognize missing or misplaced articles, handling them and navigate the shop. Reasoning allows robots to cope with changing task requirements and contexts, and perception-guided reactive control makes them robust to execution errors and uncertainty. A modular approach is adopted for the design of cost-efficient robotic units. The work plan will generate exploitable results through three integration and evaluation phases. A final demonstration will take place at a real retail store. In sum, REFILLS is committed to generating wide impact in the retail market domain and beyond through the development of efficient logistics solutions for professional use in supermarkets.

Appel à propositions

H2020-ICT-2016-1
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Régime de financement

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinateur

C.R.E.A.T.E. CONSORZIO DI RICERCA PER L'ENERGIA L AUTOMAZIONE E LE TECNOLOGIE DELL'ELETTROMAGNETISMO
Adresse
Via Claudio 21
80125 Napoli
Italie
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contribution de l’UE
€ 735 000

Participants (7)

DM-DROGERIE MARKT GMBH+CO. KG
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 197 500
Adresse
Carl Metz Str. 1
76185 Karlsruhe
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTEL ISRAEL (74) LTD
Israël
Contribution de l’UE
€ 74 912,50
Adresse
M.t.m. Advanced Techonology Centre
31015 Haifa
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KUKA DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 1 093 850
Adresse
Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA CAMPANIA LUIGI VANVITELLI
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 530 000
Adresse
Viale Abramo Lincoln 5
81100 Caserta
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SWISSLOG AG
Suisse
Contribution de l’UE
€ 0
Adresse
Webereiweg 3
5033 Buchs
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 801 500
Adresse
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IRELAND LIMITED
Irlande
Contribution de l’UE
€ 260 087,50
Adresse
Collinstown Industrial Park
W23 Leixlip
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)