Dec 10 2020 - Dec 13 2020
In coincidence and in collaboration with Maker Faire – The European Edition 2020, there will be the second edition of the Italian conference on Robotics and Intelligent Machines, dedicated to the dissemination of the excellence of Italian research, to let those who develop products and applications know the possibilities offered by the latest results. I-RIM will be presented to the public in a big three-days digital event. qbrobotics is one main sponsor of the event.

European Robotics Forum 2020 - Malaga, Spain

Mar 03 2020 - Mar 05 2020
The European Robotics Forum, the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Malaga, Spain, on 3-5 March 2020, at the Trade Fairs and Congress Center of Malaga (FYCMA). Over 1000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the 11th edition of the conference. qbrobotics will be present with a booth (stand #19) and will participate in the pitch session of the Technology Transfer Award 2020 as one of the finalist company presenting the best technology transfer in robotics realized in the last period in the European Union.


NI – Natural Intelligence for Robotic Monitoring of Habitats

Oct 29 2021
With the aim to prevent the growing threats to the nature, with the European Green Deal the EU established the paramount importance of environmental monitoring, which today is entirely executed by human operators. Natural Intelligence project aims to serve the European Green Deal with robots able to accomplish monitoring of natural habitats. Stretching over 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory, Natura 2000 is the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. The land and sea coverage will be increased up to 30% within 2030. The Consortium aims to design the first robotic workforce for monitoring natural habitats in real environments: forests, grasslands, dunes, and alpine scenarios. NI robots will be empowered by Natural Intelligence, emerging by the interaction of environment, body and mind, leveraging on the fusion of physical and cognitive crucial enablers: artificial Cognition that will provide:autonomous classification of plants species and natural habitatsautonomous navigation in natural environmentseffective physical environment-robot interaction through environment-aware impedance planning and bio-inspired anticipatory control articulated soft-robotics powered Mechatronics:state of the art quadruped robots empowered by adaptive bio-inspired feet for enhanced locomotion and terrain perceptionnovel robust-by-design articulated soft robot structureslong-lasting operation capabilities through efficient exploitation of robot dynamics The NI approach leverages on the interaction of environment, body and mind and for the first time will put the natural habitat at the centre of the robotics research. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101016970. (In the picture: improving the haptic capabilities, the SoftFoot-Q will aquire the perception of geometrical and interaction quantities. The foot will provide estimates of local inclination and curvature of the ground. Furthermore, it will provide estimates of the contact forces and foot-contact surface).

ReconCycle – Self-reconfiguration of a robotic workcell for the recycling of electronic waste

Sep 27 2021
To date automatized industrial process using robotics support are all rigidly programmed. While automated processes are highly efficient, each time a change is made there are high costs for hardware modification and software reprogramming. In ReconCycle project, these issues will be addressed by introducing the concept of robotic self-reconfiguration in the largely unconstrained domain of electronic waste recycling. This sector, because of the high variability of the tasks, is still dominated by manual labour. The scientific objective of ReconCycle is to introduce in this sector self-reconfigurable hardware and software based on a reconfigurable robotic cell. The project is realised using highly compliant soft robots and end-effectors and a combination of sensorimotor learning approaches and other AI techniques, this choice makes it possible to exploit the functional flexibility typical of soft robotics in combination with AI. It also makes the robotic cells shareable environments for humans and robots. This reduces automation complexity and brings this project into a feasible regime for up to TRL 6. Being able to implement the concept of robotic self-reconfiguration to carry out the recycling of electronic devices will allow solutions to be extended to many of the production sectors that have been labour intensive until now. The last ReconCycle general meeting was at the University of Göttingen on September 30th, 2021. The progress made during these first months of collaboration between the project partners will be reviewed there. Stay tuned… This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871352. (The picture shows the basic components of a smoke sensor. When fully operational, the system will be able to recognise and separate each of the individual parts independently).


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