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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.
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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)

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KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 249 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 993 750

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 982 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 643950

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2015

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 930 000

  • EU contribution

    € 5 994 000

Coordinated by:

OCADO GROUP PLC

United Kingdom