DEI participates in a European consortium of universities and research institutes that develops the next generation industrial robot technology in a 4-year European Large-Scale Integrating Research Project started in March 2009.
The project, called ROSETTA (RObot control for Skilled ExecuTion of Tasks in natural interaction with humans; based on Autonomy, cumulative knowledge and learning), develops “human-centric” technology for future industrial robots that will not only look more human-like and operate more autonomously, but also learn, safely cooperate and interact with humans in a way which is perceived as natural and harmless.
The goal is to enable flexible and low-invest production concepts where robots can work together with humans without the need for dedicated infrastructure as known from traditional automation.
The project brings together world-leading researchers in robotics, automatic control, mathematical and computer science, manufacturing, bio-mechanics and finite element simulation under the consortium leadership of ABB to address this great challenge. The group at DEI has responsibility in the research related to the human/robot interaction control and cooperates in other areas.
The project, whose overall cost is 10 MEUR, receives funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework program.