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, from the University of Naples, has received the prestigious Guido Dorso Award, which recognizes every year those fellows who have contributed with their work to support the needs of development and progress of Southern Italy. Distinguished fellows from the political, economic and cultural world received the award in the past years, including two Nobel prizes. The ceremony was held last 15th October 2015 in the Senate of the Republic of Rome by the Rector of the University of Naples Federico II, Prof Gaetano Manfredi. You can see more information here.
The ARCAS and AEROARMS projects had a joint booth in IROS 2015.
In the booth, DLR exhibited the Flettner helicopter with a KUKA LWR arm and the University of Seville a multi-rotor system with two four degrees of freedom arms. We also had three screens where the general ARCAS video and other videos provided by partners were displayed. In addition, we exhibited both ARCAS and AEROARMS posters.
IROS 2015 had 2541 registrations and many of the attendants visited the booth in the 6 days exhibition.
Moreover, the ARCAS project had 6 presentations in the IROS Sessions.
It was a great dissemination event for both projects.
A very interesting report about the ARCOW project was broadcast in Spanish RN5 station. Watch it as video here: https://youtu.be/oBwlae8XxXAARCOW project (Aerial Robot Co-Worker in Plant Servicing) will research on the use of aerial robots for logistic tasks indoor. This kind of aerial robots may contribute to the implementation of the automatisation processes, providing important characteristics such as flexibility, short-time answer and the capacity to perform different tasks depending on requirements.
Prof Anibal Ollero was interviewed on Spanish TV. UAVs development and future possibilities are discussed. Watch the complete video here: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/para-todos-la-2/para-todos-2-debate-drones/3059503/
Next Tuesday, 26th May, 2015, the workshop "Aerial Robotics Manipulation and Load Transportation" will be held during the ICRA 2015 Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA.Focusing on these two relevant functionalities of aerial robots, the agenda is packed with the latests advances in the field by top-class researchers from around the world.