Projects

Bellow you can find the Portfolio of the Research Projects where RICS is or was involved, as well as some statistics

Some National Projects and some European Projects.
Some are related to I2MS research lab and some to MARS.
Some Ongoing and some already Completed.
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Open dynamic Manufacturing Operating System for Smart Plug-and-Produce Automation Components

THE MOTIVATION for the openMOS project is that European Manufacturing Industry has to become increasingly agile to compete in the global economy. OEMs need to be able to produce premium quality on demand. Traditional manufacturing models which are based on large production volumes and continuous improvement become increasingly difficult to sustain. Ever smaller lot sizes are required to be able to achieve short lead times for an increasing range of products and variants. High variety and flexibility is traditionally the domain of manual manufacturing systems. Repeatable high quality on the other hand, is the strength of automation systems. The root cause of many warranty issues for high quality products can be traced back to manual work.
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Production harmonizEd Reconfiguration of Flexible Robots and Machinery

The world economy, and naturally also the European, are facing enormous pressures to their manufacturing domain. On the client side, the demand for more customized, cheaper with higher quality products is driving the manufacturing companies to search for innovative developments to achieve those requirements. On the company side, disturbances such as delays or shortages from suppliers or resources breakdowns may have a deep impact in the company performance. Allied to those disturbances, there is the constant need for cost production reduction and here, energy consumption has an important influence of the overall budget. To this, it urges to develop and bring new paradigms into the manufacturing sphere, and particularly new manufacturing control systems, exhibiting features, such as modularity, re-configurability and fault tolerant.
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Collaborative Environment for Eco-Design of Product-Services and Production Processes Integrating Highly Personalised Innovative Functions

The objective is to provide a novel methodology and a comprehensive ICT solution for collaborative design of product-services (Meta Products) and their production processes. The effective extension of products with new services in different sectors (automotive, home appliances, automation equipment etc.) will be achieved by means of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technology, Lean and Eco-design principles and applying Life Cycle Assessment techniques. New Meta Products, using AmI, will be capable of acquiring knowledge in order to add highly personalized innovative functions, and thus enabling new business models. A Cloud Manufacturing approach will be applied for effective collaborative design of product-services and their production processes, and the effective implementation of innovative services. It will involve all the actors of a value chain, within a product ecosystem, allowing manufacturers to strengthen their competitiveness at the global market. As a result new eco-innovative Meta Products will be offered, which integrate highly personalised innovative functions with minimal environmental footprint along the overall Life Cycle. The Meta Product/process development platform will be provided, including a set of new engineering tools to support collaborative work (simulation, configuration etc.) on new product-services, enhancing existing tools for product/process design. The project will be driven by 4 industrial application scenarios addressing different aspects of service and business building as well as product/process development (complex internal and external supply chains), in order to assure that the means for collaborative service generation and product-service and production process design to be developed in the project will be relevant for industry. The solution will be first applied at 5 manufacturers in the consortium, serving as demonstrators of the project results.
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INTROSYS ROBOT

The objective of the project is the development of an all-terrain service robot for the surveillance of outdoor perimeters and which may be used in the following types of surveillance:
Industrial surveillance sector and large shopping areas; Surveillance of military zone perimeters; Search and rescue; Possible use and demonstration at events (e.g. marketing).
The experience gained with the previous prototype allows us to develop a product that meets the industrial and commercial needs, adding to this know-how, the industrial design and certification of the product. As a result, we intend to create a robot capable of performing surveillance tasks in large indoor and outdoor perimeters.
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Seamless Human-Robot Cooperation for intelligent, Flexible and Safe Operations in the Assembly Factories of the Future

Human skills are the main driver that enables producing high added value products in Europe. Thus the manufacturing processes are based on utilizing these skills. ROBO-PARTNER aspires the integration of the latest industrial automation systems for assembly operations in combination with human capabilities, combining robot strength, velocity, predictability, repeatability and precision with human intelligence and skills. Thus, a hybrid solution involving the safe cooperation of operators with autonomous and adapting robotic systems through a user-friendly interaction is proposed.
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Plug and Produce Intelligent Multi Agent Environment based on Standard Technology

Human skills are the main driver that enables producing high added value products in Europe. Thus the manufacturing processes are based on utilizing these skills. ROBO-PARTNER aspires the integration of the latest industrial automation systems for assembly operations in combination with human capabilities, combining robot strength, velocity, predictability, repeatability and precision with human intelligence and skills. Thus, a hybrid solution involving the safe cooperation of operators with autonomous and adapting robotic systems through a user-friendly interaction is proposed.
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Instantly Deployable Evolvable Assembly Systems

The challange : recent studies quantify European outsourcing at 21% of total assembly activities (outside Europe), and had forecasted a rise to over 40% by 2007 [1,2]. Since 2007 the economic downturn and established outsourcing procedures have worsened the case. The hidden issue behind such facts is that the cost-effectiveness of assembly in Europe, and this is particularly true for novel products and markets, to a large degree depends in the short/midterm or long-term perspective taken by the enterprise in question.This challange is not only imposed by external conditions such as new forms of business (globalisation), technological achievements, or regulations (ecological etc.), but also internally.
The answer : IDEAS – Instantly Deployable Evolvable Assembly Systems. It will be necessary to develop self-configuring, highly adaptive (self-diagnosis), process-oriented components, and shift the technological focus from complex, flexible, multi-purpose systems to a simpler, dedicated machine modules maintained by a highly distributed control system approach. The goal of IDEAS is to provide a prototype industrial assembly system application as a proof-of-concept of this new control approach.
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RiverWatch Experiment – European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development

RIVERWATCH is an autonomous surface-aerial marsupial robotic team for riverine environmental monitoring. The robotic system is composed of an Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) piggybacking a 6-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. The ASV provides the team with long-range transportation in all-weather conditions, whereas the UAV provides the team with an augmented perception of the environment. The coordinated aerial, underwater, and surface level perception allows the team to assess navigation cost from the near field to the far field, which is key for safe navigation and environmental monitoring data gathering. RIVERWATCH started as an experiment within the ECHORD project (FP7-ICT-231143).
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PROFLEX (LISBOA-01-0202-FEDER-018419)

Proflex is a porlisboa financed project and is inserted in the extent of the qren, feder.With an investment of 767k€, it is financed in 489 k€. this project first began in may 2011, ending in october 2013.
The main goal of the proflex project is the creation of a robotic automatized system, universally applied, valid in the car production lines, regardless of the rules and standards imposed by car builders.
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Reliable Self-Learning Production Systems based on Context Aware Services

Self-Learning is an international research project with partner organisations from academia, research and industry. Located in four European countries and experienced in multi-national projects, the consortium offers a wide scope of competencies. Key objective of the Self-Learning project is to develop highly reliable and secure service-based self-learning production systems. The project results shall enable an integration of control of production systems and other manufacturing activities, like maintenance and energy use optimisation. The strategic objective of Self-Learning project is thereby to strengthen EU leadership in production technologies in the global marketplace.The key assumption of the project is that a context awareness approach will allow adaptation and enhancement of control and other manufacturing activities of production systems (e.g. energy use optimisation, maintenance). The Self-Learning project will address how to assure effective selfadaptation of the production systems in order to improve control &energy efficiency utilising context awareness. The project will provide ICT solutions on how to extract context from networks/services and processes, how to apply self-adapting approaches and how to reuse these for highly reliable self-learning services. These new services will be integrated into the device centric infrastructure.
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Evolvable ultra precision assembly systems

EUPASS was a 6th framework Integrated Project on reconfigurable microassembly systems. The EUPASS project aimed to develop affordable, cost effective and sustainable ultra-precision manufacturing solutions by offering rapidly deployable ultra-precision assembly services on demand.
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