The ARCAS project proposes the development and experimental validation of the first cooperative free-flying robot system for assembly and structure construction.
ARCAS will provide integrated and consolidated scientific foundations for flying robot perception, planning and control. In particular, ARCAS will produce a framework for the design and development of cooperating flying robots for assembly operations.
The integration of these functionalities will pave the way for new applications and services in aerial and space robotics. The building of platforms for the evacuation of people in rescue operations, the installation of platforms in uneven terrains for landing of manned and unmanned VTOL aircrafts, the cooperative inspection and maintenance and the construction of structures, are some examples of aerial robotics' potential.
Prof. Bruno Siciliano is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE RAS George Saridis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation for his outstanding leadership in the robotics and automation community as a research innovator, an inspired educator, a dedicated contributor of professional service, an ambassador of science and technology. Congratulations from the whole ARCAS team!!!
Further information about Prof Bruno Siciliano can be obtained from his personal webpage: http://wpage.unina.it/sicilian/
As part of the ARCAS dissemination tasks, FADA-CATEC is holding a workshop next November 25th. More than 130 participans from industry have registered, which demonstrates the awareness among companies of the possibilities of UAVs for inspection and maintenance works.Two main sessions will focus on "Technologies for Inspection and Maintenace" and "Industry needs and requirement on industrial inspection and maintenance". Available advances, possible applications and future developments will be discussed in the close-up round table.Please, see attached programme for further information.
ARCAS has made available a new set of videos showing progress in different fields:
Euronews has published an article about ARCAS project advances. It includes a descriptive video with interviews and demonstrations of the advances:http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/15/rise-of-the-machines/
As part of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), the Workshop ”Aerial robots Physically Interacting with the environment”, held on May 30 and organized by Prof Aníbal Ollero, has demonstrated to be a success, with more than 50 attendants from universities, research centers and companies from 17 countries around the world.
The 10 presentations scheduled in the Program were delivered and sparked interesting discussions on developments:
Justin Thomas, Control, Estimation and Planning for Aerial Manipulation
Fabio Ruggiero, External Generalized Forces Estimation in Aerial Manipulation
Stjepan Bogdan , Towards Valve Turning using a Dual-Arm Aerial Manipulator
Stefano Stramigioli, Physically-based control of Flying robots: the power of mechanical analogies
Marin Kobilarov, Exploiting dynamics in the motion of articulated aerial robots
Lorenzo Marconi, Control of UAVs in hostile environments: the SHERPA perspective.
In addition to the 10 presentations and the 6 posters presented in the Poster Session, the attendants Bürak Yüksel, Dongjun Lee, Fabio Ruggiero and Arturo Torres had short oral presentations. Thanks to the contributions from the large audience, discussions were very fruitful and helped identifying research gaps. Several challenges dealing with aerial manipulation were pointed out and other topics related to aerial robots physically interacting with the environment were discussed.