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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-23-2014 | Award Amount: 5.40M | Year: 2015

Sleep! For hominids and most other mammals sleep means more than regeneration. Sleep positively affects working memory, which in turn improves higher-level cognitive functions such as decision making and reasoning. This is the inspiration of RobDREAM! What if robots could also improve their capabilities in their inactive phases by processing experiences made during the working day and by exploring or dreaming of possible future situations and how to solve them best? In RobDREAM we will improve industrial mobile manipulators perception, navigation and manipulation and grasping capabilities by automatic optimization of parameters, strategies and selection of tools within a portfolio of key algorithms for perception, navigation and manipulation and grasping, by means of learning and simulation, and through use case driven evaluation. As a result, mobile manipulation systems will adapt more quickly to new tasks, jobs, parts, areas of operation and various other constraints. From a scientific perspective the RobDREAM robots will feature increased adaptability, dependability, flexibility, configurability, decisional autonomy, as well as improved abilities in perception, interaction manipulation and motion. The technology readiness level (TRL) of the related key technologies will be increased by means of frequent and iterative real-world testing, validation and improvement phases from the very beginning of the project. From an economic perspective the Quality of Service and the Overall Equipment Efficiency will increase, while at the same time the Total Cost of Ownership for setup, programming and parameter tuning will decrease. These advantages will support the competitiveness of Europes manufacturing sector, in particular in SME-like settings with higher product variety and smaller lot-sizes. They also support the head start of technology providers adopting RobDREAMs technologies to conquer market shares in industrial and professional service robotics.


Patent
Convergent | Date: 2015-09-04

An improved medical instrument cabinet may include a first side wall, a rear wall connected to the first side wall, and an adjustable support assembly disposed on the first side wall or the rear wall. The adjustable support assembly includes a housing, a slide assembly connected to the housing, a holder assembly movable relative to the housing and connected to the slide assembly, a belt connected to the holder assembly, and a counterweight connected to the belt.


Patent
Convergent | Date: 2015-04-08

The embodiments herein provide a system and method for auditing a plurality of multimedia content, creating a contextual cycle of multimedia contents, and associating the plurality of the multimedia content with a source. The system comprises a plurality of multimedia input sources configured for receiving a plurality of multimedia content, an analysis and recognition module connected to the plurality of multimedia input sources and configured for analyzing and recognizing the plurality of the received multimedia contents, and an auditing console communicatively coupled to with the analysis and recognition module.


Techniques for managing the charging and/or discharging of an energy storage device are disclosed. The techniques include obtaining clearing price data points spanning a plurality of dates and for each date: generating a distribution of the clearing price data points corresponding to the date; determining a lower quantile price point of the distribution based on a capacity of the device and a charge rate of the device; and determining an upper quantile price point of the distribution based on the capacity and a discharge rate of the device. The techniques include selecting a first set of the lower quantile price points from the lower quantiles and a second set of the upper quantile price points from the upper quantiles. The techniques include determining a buy bid based on the first set and a sell bid based on the second set and selectively transmitting the buy bid and/or the sell bid.


A structural wall panel includes an elongated shared structural framing member and one or more elongated intermediate structural framing members. An elongated top track is connected to a top end of each of the framing members. An inner sheet of suitable sheet material may be secured to the framing members so as to form an inner face of the structural wall panel, while an outer sheet of suitable sheet material may be secured to the framing members so as to form an outer face of the structural wall panel opposite the inner face. The elongated top track and inner and outer sheets are aligned on the framing members so as to form a male receiver at one lateral side of the panel and a female receiving structure along the opposite lateral side of the panel.

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