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Proboscidean sensitive soft robot for versatile gripping

Project description

Universal grippers inspired by the elephant’s trunk

From autonomous assembly lines, personal robot helpers, sorting robots in food production, and search & rescue operations, future robotic technology must deal with versatility (even beyond human capability), by hinging on new forms of intelligence like those originating from concurrent bioinspired design, artificial touch, and soft yet strong actuation. The EU-funded PROBOSCIS project will develop a new paradigm for extremely versatile tactile-driven robotic manipulation, embodying the extraordinary functionality of an elephant’s trunk. It will design a continuum manipulator, with no sharp distinction between arm and gripper, consisting of proprioceptive biomimetic artificial muscles and an artificial tactile skin with a unique sensitivity-toughness trade off. PROBOSCIS will produce technological breakthroughs in the form of a new generation of universal grippers with unprecedented capabilities that are deeply rooted in and enabled by elephants’ biology and behavior, triggering successful assistive, industrial, domestic, rescue and environmental applications.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 642 947,50
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 818 635,00
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 471 500,00
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 416 515,00
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
PHOTOCENTRIC LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 123 841,25
Address
Cambridge House Oxney Road Peterborough
PE1 5YW Cambs

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Region
East of England East Anglia Peterborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00