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Project factsheets - Robotics

The European Commission funds over 100 collaborative projects on advanced research into robots which aim to understand the world around them through sensing, perception, understanding, reasoning and action.

The projects cover subjects ranging from autonomy, manipulation / grasping, mobility and navigation in all terrains, to human-robot interaction and cooperative robots. Many if not all of the projects tackle seemingly simple tasks which are very difficult for machines: how to pick up a ball, avoid bumping into a wall, recognize a danger in the home and so on.

EU Investments
EU Investments
  • 2nd European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics

    Research in artificial cognitive systems currently suffers from fragmentation and the lack of a clear agenda. It is for this reason that EUCogII establishes a closely cooperating research community in Europe that develops its vision for the discipline...
  • A framework for musculoskeletal robot development

    Musculoskeletal robotic systems enhance safety , dexterity and adaptivity in uncertain environments, especially in situations where human and robot work in close proximity. A musculoskeletal design allows reducing body weight and developmental cost , while at the same time increasing design flexibility ...
  • A neuro-dynamic framework for cognitive robotics: scene representations, behavioural sequences, and learning

    Endowing robots with cognition is a long-standing and difficult objective. Substantial progress in cognitive science and neuroscience has led to the insight that cognition is tightly linked to the sensory and motor surfaces, and that cognition emerges during development from relatively low-level mechanisms when situated in a structured environment ...
  • A Robotic Sense of Movement

    The objective of RoboSoM is to investigate and to apply new approaches to the design and development of humanoid robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, showing robust, adaptive, predictive and effective behaviour in the real world ...
  • acoustic SCene ANalysis for Detecting Living Entities

    Living beings constantly give sonic clues about their presence as they move, breathe and interact with the world around them. Sounds also bounce off other objects in the environment; a source of further contextual information...
  • Active Constraints Technologies for Ill-defined or Volatile Environments

    The ACTIVE project exploits ICT and other engineering methods and technologies for the design and development of an integrated redundant robotic platform for neurosurgery . A light and agile redundant robotic cell with 20 degrees-of-freedom (DoFs) and an advanced processing unit for pre- and intra-operative control will operate both autonomously and cooperatively with surgical staff on the brain, a loosely structured environment. body {\\tbackground: #FFF;}..
  • Adaptive Modular Architecture for Rich Motor Skills

    The motor skills of today’s robots still must be qualified as poor. The AMARSi Integrated Project aims at a qualitative jump toward biological richness of robotic motor skills. To achieve this goal, a number of innovative scientific concepts and interdisciplinary research methods will be implemented. Acquiring rich motor skills will change the role of robots in our human’s society in two fundamental ways...
  • Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Social Interaction

    The goal of ALIZ-E is to develop novel methods for developing and testing interactive, mobile robots which will be able to socially interact with human users over extended periods of time, i.e. a possibly non-continuous succession of interactions which can refer back to, and build forth on, previous experiences ...
  • Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly System

    The ARCAS project proposes the development and experimental validation of the first cooperative free-flying robot system for assembly and structure construction . The project will pave the way for a large number of applications including the building of platforms for evacuation of people or for landing aircrafts , the inspection and maintenance of facilities and the construction of structures in inaccessible sites and in space...
  • Application of an unmanned surface vessel with ultrasonic, environmentally friendly system to (map and) control blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria)

    Through the DRONIC project, the consortium will showcase a new, innovative blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) monitoring and treatment robotic system, that can localize hotpots of blue-green algae blooms and only treats the part of the lake which is experiencing blue-green algae bloom...
  • Artificial Fish Locomotion and Sensing

    FIsh LOcomotion and SEnsing ( FILOSE ) is addressing the bottlenecks of underwater robotics , namely the problems of how fish do and robots could sense the underwater environment and how they achieve high adaptability and reliability in these very unstable surroundings . Solving these problems will lead to new underwater technologies that serve people better ...
  • Artificial Language Evolution on Autonomous Robots

    This tightly integrated focused project aims at fundamental breakthroughs in understanding and synthesising the mechanisms achieving cognition and language. It engages in carefully controlled experiments in which autonomous humanoid robots self-organise rich conceptual frameworks and communication systems with similar features as those found in human languages...
  • autoNomous, self-Learning, OPTImal and compLete Underwater Systems

    Current multi-AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) systems are far from being capable of fully autonomously taking over real-life complex situation-awareness operations. As such operations require advanced reasoning and decision-making abilities the existing designs have to heavily rely on human operators ...
  • Balance Augmentation in Locomotion, through Anticipative, Natural and Cooperative control of Exoskeletons

    The goal of the BALANCE project is to realize an exoskeletal robot that improves the balance performance of humans, targeted at users facing balance-challenging conditions or suffering from a lack of ability to walk or maintain balance during walking. The proposed exoskeleton is human-cooperative in the sense that the control of the exoskeleton is complementary to the remaining human control...
  • Best Practice in Robotics

    Robotic systems and applications are about to become a key technology to address two socioeconomic issues: the overaging societies and the competitiveness in the global markets . The development of new robot systems and applications has remained a challenge taking significant time and effort because they are typically highly specialized, unique, and from-scratch developments...
  • Bringing Machine Translation for European Languages to the User

    Europe faces a growing economic and societal challenge due to its vast diversity of languages, and machine translation (MT) technology holds promise as a means to address this challenge...
  • Clearing Clutter Bit by Bit

    Clutter in an open world is a challenge for many aspects of robotic systems, especially for autonomous robots deployed in unstructured domestic settings, affecting navigation, manipulation, vision, human robot interaction and planning.<br/>SQUIRREL addresses these issues by actively controlling clutter and incrementally learning to extend the robot's capabilities while doing so...
  • Clothes Perception and Manipulation

    The CloPeMa project aims to advance the state of the art in the autonomous perception and manipulation of all kinds of fabrics , textiles and garments . Various garments will be presented in a random pile on an arbitrary background and novel ways of manipulating them (sorting, folding, etc.) will be learned on demand in a real-life dynamic environment ...
  • CogLaboration. Successful Real World Human-Robot Collaboration: From the Cognition of Human-Human\nCollaboration to the Cognition of Fluent Human-Robot Collaboration

    The CogLaboration project focuses on the object transfer procedure between a robot and a human , to provide successful and efficient robotic assistance to humans . Current techniques of human-robot object transfer usually consist in following a trajectory completely defined before the motion starts, limiting thus the capacity to adapt the motion plan to the uncontrolled human behavior ...
  • Cognitive and Flexible learning system \noperating Robust Interpretation of Extended real sceNes \nby multi-sensors Datafusion

    Co-FRIEND aims to design a framework for understanding human activities in real environments, through an artificial cognitive vision system, identifying objects and events, and extracting sense from scene observation. It will manage uncertainty and change, and will create analysis meaning. A heterogeneous sensor network (wide angle and PTZ cameras in airport immediate area, and GPS wide area vehicle monitoring) will be deployed on Toulouse AIRPORT by SILOGIC and READING...