Five very special projects from the 7th Framework Programme are to be presented at the European Robotics Forum 2016 in Ljubljana (21/3 at 16:15). They all have achieved very important advances in European robotics making European research and innovation stand out compared to the rest of the world.

ALIZ-E: Adaptive Strategies for Sustainable Long-Term Social Interaction

ALIZ-E studied how they could build a robot which was so engaging that it could help teach kids with diabetes how to cope with a condition that is very often difficult to accept when you are young. The robot is not only able to offer training, but also entertainment, supporting them through all the difficulties managing the condition and adapting to each individual child.

ARCAS: Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly System

ARCAS has developed a unique framework for cooperating flying robots for assembly operations. It is the first of its kind. The robots work together and can build platforms to help evacuate people in a rescue operation or even landing aircrafts. It can also build structures in otherwise inaccessible places and be used for inspection and maintenance work.

CORBYS: Cognitive Control Framework for Robotic Systems

CORBYS has developed an advanced multi-sensor robotics system which is able to learn by itself and function alongside humans and cope with an unpredictable environment. The system can be used in a wide range of robotics systems, such as autonomous systems and object manipulation tasks in close proximity of humans. The project has also developed a novel mobile robot-assisted gait rehabilitation system.

ROBOHOW : Web-enabled and Experience-based Cognitive Robots that Learn Complex Everyday Manipulation Tasks

This is the robot that learnt to make pancakes by searching online how to do it. The Robohow robot is able to perceive its surroundings, learn and find instructions online or by observing humans and then act. Searching online helps the robot to carry out normal human everyday activities. It is able to turn on and off lamps, fold laundry or locate and open a bin in order to throw away garbage while learning and extending its repertoire from online sources as well as observing humans. It is a big step towards making robots more accessible to humans helping with daily chores in a safe manner.

SAPHARI: Safe and Autonomous Physical Human-Aware Robot Interaction

SAPHARI has placed the human in the centre of the design of the robots to limit potential injuries due to unintentional contact between robots and humans working alongside each other. In order to do this the robots needs to be able to recognise and understand human gestures and behaviour and to learn as it goes along and make a plan of how to avoid direct contact with the human co-worker. The project demonstrated such concept in 3 use-cases: in an hospital, to help the nurses sorting our surgical tools, in a robot factory – to deliver autonomously the necessary parts to the various workplaces, and in the AIRBUS factory to help in the manufacturing of the Ariane5 launcher.