Hannover Messe 2017 is getting closer and closer. From 24th – 28th April four awesome ECHORD++ experiments will present their work at the world’s most important industrial tradeshow in Hannover, Germany. Meet us in hall 17, stand C70 and see the latest advantages in EU-funded robotics technology development:
CoCoMaps, Collaborative Cognitive Maps, uses an expanded version of the existing Cognitive Map Architecture implemented on Honda’s ASIMO robot in an environment with more complex tasks than already attempted. This will allow the robot to interact in more complex ways, in particular, to simultaneously interact with another robot and more than one person at a time. Thus, the project aims for a group of 2 robots and 2 humans enabling social interactions that can coexist with the robots’ attention to – and completion of – practical tasks in the workplace. CoCoMaps is conducted by the artificial intelligence and software experts of CMLabs in Great Britain together with the Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines (IIIM) in Reykjavik.
Flexsight, Flexible and Accurate Recognition and Localisation System of Deformable Objects for Pick&Place Robots, aims to provide a robotic solution for the “pick&place” class of applications with rigid and deformable objects. The project focuses on building a prototype of a smart camera – the FlexSight Sensor (FSS) – which can be integrated in the chassis of an existing robot to empower it with detection and localisation capabilities. Sapienza University of Rome forms the consortium together with the companies Robox and IT+Robotics.
HyQ-REAL, from the research lab to the real world, will bring the four-legged HyQ2Max robot from the laboratory to real world applications. HyQ2Max is an improved version of HyQ, a robot that has demonstrated a wide repertoire of indoor/outdoor motions ranging from running and jumping to careful walking over rough terrain. The project partners are the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genova and the British company MOOG, the world-leader in reliable, high-performance actuation systems for aerospace and motorsport.
SAGA, Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications, is a joint project of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies in Rome, Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the Dutch drone manufacturer avular. The goal of the experiment is to prove the applicability of swarm robotics to precision farming, in particular to use a group of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collectively monitor a sugar beet field and cooperatively map the presence of volunteer potatoes, which are a major threat as they spread diseases (e.g., late blight) and facilitate harmful soil nematodes.
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