Monthly archive - October 2012

Pandora: internationally highly visible project

Pandora: internationally highly visible project

The month of September has seen the FP7 Pandora project, coordinated by HWU featuring in very high profile events across Europe:

Brussels, Belgium : MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) Signing Event for the Robotics Public-Private Partnership, with the presence of the EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes and members of her cabinet. Pandora was the only project highlighted dealing with underwater technology.

Arenzano, Italy : IFAC MCMC ’12 conference – one of the most important AUV-related conferences organised by the International Federation of Automatic Control, on Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Craft, with worldwide speakers and audience.

Southampton, UK : IEEE AUV’12 – the only IEEE conference totally devoted to AUV research and technology, with worldwide speakers and audience.

Collaboration Between UdG and IIT

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Arnau Carrera, a PhD student at the University of Girona (UdG), completed a 3 month stay at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) from March to June 2012. During this visit Arnau worked with Petar Kormushev, Reza Ahmadzadeh, Matteo Leonetti and other members of the Advanced Robotics group at IIT. The aim of this visit was to begin collaboration between UdG and IIT and start to share expertise between the two groups.

Experimental Enviroment

At the end of this three month visit, we obtained a first approach to the valve turning problem performed with an aerial robotic arm. Several different techniques to resolve the problem with the desired robustness have been used, the most important technique being Imitation Learning which is used to teach the task to the robot.

The results can be seen in the video and in the Article in the AIMSA-2012 Workshop