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.
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/.
This workshop aims at showing the advances in aerial robotics and possible evolutions of the use of flying robots, as active players of a civil environment. The recent technology of aerial manipulators for physical interaction and cooperation will be extensively addressed. The main research challenges that prevent from the effective use of aerial robots in realistic environments will be discussed
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.
We are proud to present the ARCAS first newsletter. Here you can find infomation about the progress and recent findings.
ARCAS keeps on advancing in the structure assembly by using autonomous aerial robots equipped with a robotic arm and onboard cameras.
New findings achieved within scene and objects recognition tasks cope with diverse and challenging factors that make difficult the detection from aerial robots such as lightning changes, occlusions, shadows or blurred images.
Researchers from the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica industrial (Barcelona, Spain) have developed an effective algorithm which allows UAV detect a suitable localization for the installation of the assembly structure, but also recognize the bar-shaped structures in real time and with high accuracy during the insertion tasks. This is a useful feature that let onboard cameras zooming into specific parts of the scene or object facilitating the grasping labour.
This is the first set of experiments towards the perception for aerial and space manipulation of ARCAS system.
For more details, you can download the deliverable Del 3.1 Scene and object recognition from the link below.
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