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PICK-PLACE focuses on flexible, safe and dependable robotic part-handling in industrial environments. The project proposes a combination of human and robot capabilities in order to achieve this efficient hybrid pick-and-place / pick-and-package solution. It includes dynamic package configuration, flexible grasping strategies using an innovative multifunctional gripper, robust environment perception and mechanisms and strategies for human-robot collaboration.


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TECHNICAL GUEST POST: Reactive grasping using tactile sensors (Fraunhofer-IFF)

Industrial bin-picking applications usually involve a vision system. These systems identify and localize the objects to be picked, and also often suggest an optimal picking strategy. In such situations, the robot moves from its original position to the defined grasp position of the object inside the bin (as defined by the vision system), grasps the object, and moves it to the final placing position. However this whole process raises some thorny questions: Read more

TECHNICAL GUEST POST: Human-aware motion planning (CNR-STIIMA)

What does human-aware motion planning mean?

In human-robot collaborative cells, one of the main problems is represented by the robot’s stopping or slowing down due to the human presence. The origin of this problem is the lack of awareness of the robot with respect to the human motions. In fact, motion planners take care of the current human position as a mere obstacle or they do not take care of it at all. Read more

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