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Development of Robotic Elements

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Development of Robotic Elements

Tech Area / Field

  • MAN-ROB/Robotics/Manufacturing Technology

Status
8 Project completed

Registration date
11.11.1997

Completion date
05.08.2003

Senior Project Manager
Nietzold D

Leading Institute
Institute of Robotics and Technical Cybernetics, Russia, St Petersburg

Collaborators

  • SCK-CEN, Belgium, Mol

Project summary

As this Project is carried out, the Institute which furnished research and design developments for the defence-centered industries in the previous times will be reoriented towards developing robots and data processing systems in the fields of protection of environment and nuclear safety.

The goal of the Project envisaged is to develop robotic elements and systems for operation in various environments. Besides, the Project is aimed at establishing an infrastructure adequate for an advanced training of the staff in developing and operating the robotic systems.

The Project should result in constructing:


- manipulator based on the shape memory alloy;
- various small-size gripper models;
- vision system software (3-D sensing);
- robot control software, using information from a great number of combined sensors;
- functional manipulator model for an inorbit satellite and space station servicing.

The Project is purposed to form a scientific and technical foundation for producing robots of new generation, having elements of artificial intelligence, the robots being intended for various spheres of activities of people, which entail adverse conditions and hazard for health and life: working in polluted zones; patrolling and guarding of objects against spontaneous fire and penetration of man; identification and elimination of explosive objects; counteraction to terrorists. The fields of applications of robots can be extended over spheres of education and scientific experiments, industry of entertainment and engineering modeling.

The conditions of the subsequent activity in the market segments of special-purpose service robots are sure to be:


- reliability, multi-purpose operation, and efficiency;
- reduced mass-size characteristics on equal or exceeding terms as compared with rival analogues;
- modular flexibility, adaptive characteristics and adaptability to specific problems; and
- comparatively low level of prices due to using modern cheap materials and accessories, low wages.

Realization of the Project will be being built on the information, research and production start available in the field of modular adaptive and intelligent robots, which has been made up for decades at developing the robotics for machine-building and non-machine-building branches of the economy, space technology and physical instrument-making industry. The methods and normative-and-technical documentation on unification of robotic facilities will reduce the period of time required for developing and manufacturing novel articles, decreasing their costs.

The Participants of the Project offer cooperation to research organizations, commercial and industrial companies, as well as private experts from USA, the EEC countries, Japan and Norway.

The forms of cooperation with the collaborator are: interchange of information; mutual working conferences; development of the requirements to the Project; reviews on technical reports; check-up of the results achieved and cooperation in preparing them for commercialization when the Project is accomplished.


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