• Stereovision sensor

    The Stereovision sensor developed by UTC has been integrated with the SINTEF demonstrator. The communication with the robot has been achieved using the ROS protocol.

  • Low level perception functions

    The sensor developed by UTC is able to perform low level functions like rectification with undistort and scalling, 3D reconstruction and sparse optical flow computation. These operations are considered pre-processing steps which grately improve the high level perception functions.

  • High level perception functions

    Among the high level perception functions developed by UTC we mention: elevation map computation, obstacle detection, obstacle classification and obstacle tracking.

  • New Stereo Vision Algorithms

    One of the objectives of UTC in this project has been the development of new stereo-vision algorithms which are leaner with respect to the resource consumption, have high running time and good accuracy.

Reconfigurable ROS based Resilient Reasoning Robotic Cooperating Systems

Project Code: 621447 R5-COP
Contract No: grant agreement no. 621447 / 2014

European manufacturing industry faces increasing requests for high product variance, small product series, shorter production cycles, and cost reduction. However, few robotic components are designed for easy adaptation and reuse. R5-COP focuses on agile manufacturing paradigms and specifically on modular robotic systems to overcome the shortcomings of existing solutions. We start by identifying and extending suitable existing methods and, where required, developing new ones to formally model hardware and software components. This approach will support model-based design, engineering, validation, and fast commissioning. Furthermore, using existing interface and middleware standards such as ROS, R5-COP will strongly facilitate integration of components from various suppliers. Such a modular approach will not only be more flexible than state-of-the-art solutions, but will also reduce design, setup, and maintenance costs. As flexible use of robots includes their close cooperation with humans, robustness and safety are crucial requirements which will be assured by dedicated verification and validation methodologies. The formal specification framework will support component suppliers in efficiently verifying and certifying their modules. This project will help to identify and develop reconfigurable key hardware and software components, and to show the feasibility and capability of the approach in living labs in manufacturing and service demonstrator environments.