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.
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.
The ICRA 2014 ”Aerial robots Physically Interacting with the environment”, was held on May 30, 2014 with more than 50 attendants from universities, research centers and companies from 17 countries around the world.The 10 presentations scheduled in the Program(http://www.arcas-project.eu/sites/default/files/news/workshop_aerialrobots_ICRA2014_0.pdf) were delivered. Moreover, the attendants Bürak Yüksel, Dongjun Lee, Fabio Ruggiero and Arturo Torres had short oral presentations. Additionally 6 posters were presented.The discussions were very fruitful and several challenges dealing with aerial manipulation and other topics related to aerial robots physically interacting with the environment were pointed out.
Updated programme for the Workshop Aerial Robots Physically Interacting with the Environment.This workshop is devoted to the methods, technologies and applications of aerial robots in physical contact with the environment. The workshop will include presentations related to the main scientific and technological topics (see below) including the cooperation of several aerial robots. Thus, new methods and technologies together with simulations and implementations by using quadrotors, and helicopters will be included. Relevant application scenarios will be also analysed. ICRA provides an ideal venue to effectively engage a wide audience of subject matter experts and hence motivates this workshop. The objectives of the workshop are: 1) Present some of the scientific and technological results already obtained in dynamics of articulated aerial robots, control of aerial robots (helicopters and multi-copters) with manipulators, perception and planning in environments relevant for applications. 2) Point out what is needed to solve practical applications 3) Facilitate discussion on technology gaps, research directions and identify collaborations.
The initiative “Workshop and Summer School euRathlon/ARCAS 2014” will be held next June and will provide participants with a full overview and hand-on experience with multi-domain (ground, sea and aerial) real robotic systems.- The seminar is jointly organized by euRathlon and ARCAS research projects which are funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission, and will have the participation of leading teachers, experts and professionals in this type of technologies at a national and international level.- The intended audience of the workshop/summer school is postgraduate students, PhD students, Master students and researchers from universities/organizations and engineers from industry companies around the world, willing to deepen their understanding of outdoor autonomous robotics, who will have the opportunity to develop their own algorithms and test them in real robotic systems.- The programme include a variety of talks and master classes, as well as real demonstrations of object manipulations with aerial robots and a demonstration of inspections tasks performed with an underwater robot in a swimming pool. The call for participation is already opened and all the related information is available on http://www.eurathlon.eu/site/index.php/workshop/.