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Guzman R.,Robotnik Automation | Navarro R.,Robotnik Automation | Beneto M.,Robotnik Automation | Carbonell D.,Robotnik Automation
Studies in Computational Intelligence | Year: 2016

This chapter summarizes our most relevant experiences in the use of ROS in the deployment of Real-World professional service robotics applications: a mobile robot for CBRN interventionmissions, a tunnel inspection and surveillance robot, an upper body torso robot, an indoor healthcare logistic transport robot and a robot for precision viticulture. The chapter describes thementioned projects and how ROS has been used in them. It focuses on the application development, on the ROS modules used and the ROS tools and components applied, and on the lessons learnt in the development process. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Chessa S.,University of Pisa | Gallicchio C.,University of Pisa | Guzman R.,Robotnik Automation | Micheli A.,University of Pisa
Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies | Year: 2014

In this paper we present an application of Reservoir Computing to indoor robot localization, based on input received signal strength signals from a wireless sensor network. The proposed localization system allows to combine good predictive performance with particularly efficient and practical solutions. Promising results are shown in preliminary experiments on a real-world scenario. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014.


Penders J.,Sheffield Hallam University | Motard E.,Space Applications Services | Sanz P.,Jaume I University | Sebastia R.,Robotnik Automation
IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) | Year: 2010

This paper describes a real-world demonstration that involves two kinds of human-robot interaction: (1) In-situ interaction between a team of robots and a firefighter, and (2) the interaction between a remote operator and the whole system from a base station. The team of robots can provide the firefighter with environmental information to support and enhance its operation in situations where smoke can be present. First of all, the paper describes the overall system, focusing on the devices that are used, and the hardware/software architecture. Then, the paper explains the in-situ human-system interaction which is the way the firefighter interacts with the robot team, by obtaining the information directly to its helmet and by setting up a firefighter following behaviour using both laser and sonar/radio techniques. After that, the paper describes the way the whole system can be monitored and controlled remotely via a base station. © 2010 IFAC.


Amato G.,CNR Institute of Information Science and Technologies Alessandro Faedo | Broxvall M.,Örebro University | Chessa S.,University of Pisa | Dragone M.,University College Dublin | And 8 more authors.
Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing | Year: 2012

Robotic ecologies are networks of heterogeneous robotic devices pervasively embedded in everyday environments, where they cooperate to perform complex tasks. While their potential makes them increasingly popular, one fundamental problem is how to make them self-adaptive, so as to reduce the amount of preparation, pre-programming and human supervision that they require in real world applications. The EU FP7 project RUBICON develops self-sustaining learning solutions yielding cheaper, adaptive and efficient coordination of robotic ecologies. The approach we pursue builds upon a unique combination of methods from cognitive robotics, agent control systems, wireless sensor networks and machine learning. This paper briefly illustrates how these techniques are being extended, integrated, and applied to AAL applications. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Sanchez-Salmeron A.J.,Universidad Politécnica de Ingeniería | Lopez-Tarazon R.,Robotnik Automation | Guzman-Diana R.,Robotnik Automation | Ricolfe-Viala C.,Universidad Politécnica de Ingeniería
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology | Year: 2010

Lack of standardization is often a key problem area limiting the applications of any new automated microhandling technology, due to that equipment makers may have to spend an excessive amount of time and resources to customize automation solutions. Carrier-based material handling systems provide product-independent solutions. Product independency is an essential requirement for reusing material handling systems, because they allow product change without mechanical changes in the transport devices. This paper describes a new automated inter-machine material handling system for micro-manufacturing integration, based on the standard carrier DIN-32561. The main task of the system is to transport (full/empty) carriers between different stations/machines in a micro-manufacturing plant, to integrate assembly and manufacturing. The authors designed a conveyor belt and an automated guided vehicle system to fit into a linear pick-and-place micro-manufacturing plant. Prototypes of the different components were then developed and tested. © Springer-Verlag London Limited 2009.

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