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Collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers

Collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers

Objective

With aging infrastructure in developing-and-developed countries, and with the gradual expansion of distributed installations, the costs of inspection and repair tasks have been growing vastly and incessantly. To address this reality, a major paradigm shift is required, in order to procure the highly automated, efficient, and reliable solutions that will not only reduce costs, but will also minimize risks to personnel and asset safety. AEROWORKS envisions a novel aerial robotic team that possesses the capability to autonomously conduct infrastructure inspection and maintenance tasks, while additionally providing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces to human-operators.

The AEROWORKS robotic team will consist of multiple heterogeneous “collaborative Aerial Robotic Workers”, a new class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles equipped with dexterous manipulators, novel physical interaction and co-manipulation control strategies, perception systems, and planning intelligence. This new generation of worker-robots will be capable of autonomously executing infrastructure inspection and maintenance works. The AEROWORKS multi-robot team will operate in a decentralized fashion, and will be characterized by unprecedented levels of reconfigurability, mission dependability, mapping fidelity, and manipulation dexterity, integrated in robust and reliable systems that are rapidly deployable and ready-to-use as an integral part of infrastructure service operations.

As the project aims for direct exploitation in the infrastructure services market, its results will be demonstrated and evaluated in realistic and real infrastructure environments, with a clear focus on increased Technology Readiness Levels. The accomplishment of the envisaged scenarios will boost the European infrastructure sector, contribute to the goal of retaining Europe’s competitiveness, and particularly impact our service and industrial robotics sector, drastically changing the landscape of how robots are utilized.
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Coordinator

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Address

Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 081 294,19

Participants (10)

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EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 653 687,50

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 652 102,03

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 5 535,65

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 410 878,13

INTEL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 677 187,50

ASCENDING TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Germany

Skybotix AG

Switzerland

GE INSPECTION ROBOTICS AG

Switzerland

SKELLEFTEA KRAFT AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 191 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 644128

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 906 642,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 671 935

Coordinated by:

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET

Sweden