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Since 2004, IAS-Lab of the University of Padova realized that the tools and the competencies it has been developing in the field of autonomous robots and artificial intelligence could be applied to industrial robotics. At that time, well in advance on the current trend of Industry 4.0, IAS-Lab understood more intelligence and more perception were needed for industrial robot. For this reason, in 2005, IAS-Lab founded the spin-off company called IT+Robotics srl. The expertise of IAS-Lab on intelligent industrial robots started to grow year after year and IAS-lab was able to win many industrial research grants in the competitive calls of the European Commission.

 

dodich

 

Dodich - Creation of a machine for viticulture powered by renewable sources.


DODICH Dodich is a project co-financed by European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The DODICH project aims are to develop a cost effective and small sized autonomous machine capable to perform simple operations in vineyards with the possibility to be powered by renewable energy sources. Vineyard's owners could benefit, with this kind of vehicle by either costs reduction on wine production and better safety and quality for the automated operations. The IAS-Lab contribute to this project developing the autonomous navigation algorithms and the software application framework. A further contribute by the IAS-Lab is the development of a wireless battery charger system prototype and a complete autonomous docking algorithm to enable a robot to be 24/7 autonomous and operative.

il 26 Gennaio si è tenuto presso il Centro Interdipartimentale per la Ricerca in Viticoltura ed Enologia di Conegliano, il convegno finale del progetto DODICH. Sono disponibili al seguente link le presentazioni dei relatori: http://www.ethics.it/dodich/presentazioni-convegno-dodich/

Fibremap

 

FibreMap - Automatic Mapping of Fibre Orientation for Draping of Carbon Fibre Parts.



This project aims at the development of an automatic quality control and feedback mechanism to improve draping of carbon fibres on complex parts. There is a strong need in the automotive industry for automatic systems that perform quality control and improve draping processes in order to allow high production volumes. The technology that is being developed in the project will include a new sensor system for robust detection of fibre orientation combined with a robotic system to scan complex parts. This is based on a new technology that uses reflection models of carbon fibre to solve the problems encountered with earlier vision-based approaches. The data coming from the inspection system will be fed into draping simulation to improve the accuracy of the processes. Draping is the process of placing woven carbon material on typically complex 3D parts (preforms) with the goal of having the fibres oriented along specific directions predicted by finite element calculations. This is done to maximize the strength-to-weight ratio of the part.

The IAS-Lab contributes to this project developing algorithms for measuring fiber orientation during the draping process. This is done by means of image processing techniques and 3D data modeling for taking into account the perspective effect. The IAS-Lab is also responsible for the development of the experimental workcell, composed of a camera installed on an articulated robot.

More information can be found in the FibreMap web page

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Crack detection in parts of complex geometry is often done manually using magnetic particle inspection. The Thermobot project combines robotics and thermography to replace this decades-old method. Using the inspection of a whole crankshaft as an example a prototype system will be developed that can inspect complex parts, mainly targeting at the automotive industry but also at aerospace applications.

The IAS-LAb is involved in the research and development of algorithms for automatic detection of cracks in metal parts and material intrusions in carbon fiber parts. Such algorithms are able to deal with the different orientations under which a part can be seen, and distinguish between artifacts and real defects.

More information can be found in the Thermobot web page.

service robotics

 

Service Robotics is the branch of robotics aiming at the development of robots able to assist humans in their environment.

Service robots are going to be the major application field for technologies developed by the autonomous robot research community. Service robots must be designed to interact with people, so human-robot interaction technologies are crucial for service robotics. An important ability they will have is the capability to entertain and play with humans. In a word they can be "companions" to humans with specialized abilities.

Possible applications for service robots will be to assist elderly people or to allow parents to stay close to their children through telepresence, or they can act as physical avatars for virtual meetings. Moreover, they may be used for surveillance and security within houses or company buildings.

The purpose of this Robotics Research Campus is to facilitate the integration of different research activities in order to foster the development of commercial service robots. Research topics such as autonomous navigation, object and people recognition, human-robot interaction, object manipulation, ethical issues, and many others, currently treated as separate independent problems, have to be combined in order to produce effective solutions to achieve effective robots.

Robots are about to move out of the research lab and enter into our everyday life, more or less like computers did in the early 1980s.   Progress depends on supporting the enablers for this transition, and this is what we are about.

Cloud robotics: connect robots to a cloud computing and allow robots to off-load more computationally intensive tasks and even originate a more flexible and cooperative machine learning mechanism.
Application Store: adopt standards and
robots architecture to provide a common framework for developers of robotic services, functionalities and capability 'Hw independent".
Identify and set up a community with university, research institutes and companies to sharing and developing common interest solutions.
Real applications: important focus on the dissemination and transfer of technology.

 

More information can be found in the Service Robotics web page.

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This project aims at developing efficient 3D completeness inspection methods that exploit 3D shape data with color and texture information using standard hardware to create a cost efficient technology.

 

More information can be found in the 3DComplete offical web page.

 Intelligent Distribuited Video Systems

for Surveillance & Quality Inspection

(EU - Regione Veneto Project No. 2105/201/4/1268/2008)

  

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F.S.E. Program no. 2007-2013 Regione Veneto
Asse “Capitale Umano” D.G.R. n. 1268 del 26/05/2008
Progetto finanziato con DDR n. 112 del 15/10/2008

 

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EU Comenius 2 Project

Website: http://www.terecop.eu/

Sistemi innovativi di Simulazione e Programmazione

di celle di lavoro robotizzate per la piega di lamiere

 

(Regione Veneto codice 2105/101/10/2214/2009)
 
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Programma Operativo F.S.E. 2007-2013 Regione Veneto
Asse “Occupabilità” D.G.R. n. 2214 del 21/07/2009
Progetto finanziato con DDR n. 126 del 26/10/2009



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