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Cognitive robotic tools for human-centered small-scale multi-robot operations

Objective

Robots are still often regarded as large machines with links, gears, and electric motors, autonomously interacting with the surrounding environment. Despite the great research efforts in robotics and human-robot interaction (HRI), the way we design, use, and control robots has not fundamentally changed in the past 20 years. We see in small-scale wireless multi-robot systems and cognitive HRI a revolutionary answer to nowadays robots limitations. Instead of large, tethered machines, that are difficult for the human user to control, REGO proposes an innovative set of AI-powered, modular, microsized swarms of robots. They are wirelessly steered by electromagnetic fields as well as able to react to other external stimuli, and then naturally controlled by humans through intuitive dexterous interfaces and interaction techniques. Taking advantage of AI multi-robot control strategies, these robots can team up and collaborate to fulfill complex tasks in a robust and unprecedented flexible way. By exploiting multisensory interaction techniques and cognitive shared control, the operator will achieve an unparalleled level of seamless interaction and continuous collaboration with the robotic team. According to the application at hand, the robotic team will feature different task-specific characteristics (e.g. biocompatibility for medical procedures, biodenitrification for cleaning water, ability to carry drugs to fight infections) and be dispatched through various delivery systems, including a stimuli-responsive milli-scale wireless robotic carrier developed within the project. To achieve this revolution, REGO will develop magnetic multi-robot motion control systems, autonomous swarm control techniques for micro-sized robots, human-robot haptic-centered interfaces, and cognitive shared-control techniques. REGO enables the next generation of AI-powered interactive small-size multi-robots systems, with increased capabilities to work with each other and their human operators.

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
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€ 936 683,75
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
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€ 184 223,75
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Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Yvelines
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UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
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Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede

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Oost-Nederland Overijssel Twente
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE RENNES
France
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€ 242 860,00
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Rue Henri Le Guilloux -Hopital 2
35033 Rennes Cedex 9

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Bretagne Bretagne Ille-et-Vilaine
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SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
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Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa

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Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
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FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
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Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
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HAPTION SA
France
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€ 278 006,00
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Route De Laval Zone Artisanale
53210 Soulge Sur Ouette

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Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Mayenne
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
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€ 612 500,00
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Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
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