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Dynamic Agile Production Robots That Learn and Optimise Knowledge and Operations

Objective

Agile Production crucially depends on the effectivity of intralogistics processes. Robots as components of these processes have the potential to be a game changer provided they are highly flexible, capable, cost- and energy-efficient, safe and able to operate in work environments shared with humans. However, the current state of the art falls short of providing these capabilities given the requirements for future production systems. Thus, DARKO sets out to realize a new generation of agile production robots that have energy-efficient elastic actuators to execute highly dynamic motions; are able to operate safely within unknown, changing environments; are easy (cost-efficient) to deploy; have predictive planning capabilities to decide for most efficient actions while limiting associated risks; and are aware of humans and their intentions to smoothly and intuitively interact with them. To maximise its impact, DARKO is aligned with use cases at the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe. It will demonstrate, in relevant scenarios, autonomous capabilities significantly beyond the current state of the art in dynamic manipulation (e.g., throwing of goods, picking and placing objects while in motion), perception, mapping, risk management, motion planning and human-robot interaction. Beyond its impact through improved capabilities in these areas, DARKO will provide answers to the questions where and how dynamic manipulation should be integrated as the most efficient solution in intralogistics. Since arm manipulators can, in principle, display super-human performance in terms of accuracy and repeatability, the value of integrating dynamic manipulation, e.g. throwing, into transport processes may well exceed current expectations. The DARKO consortium is uniquely placed to tackle this ambitious and challenging project. It brings together leading academic and corporate researchers, technology providers and end-users, with the required long-standing expertise.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Address
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 454 620

Participants (6)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 424 125
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 419 557,50
Address
Robert-bosch-platz 1
70839 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 109 375
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 645 802,50
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 489 586,25
Address
Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACT OPERATIONS RESEARCH IT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 454 775
Address
Via Nizza 45
00198 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)