The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a set of software libraries and tools that help you build robot applications. And it’s all open source. This is the platform chosen for developing COMMANDIA Project. On June 25, 2019 a tutorial on ROS was successfully held on SIGMA Clermont with simultaneous streaming to University of Coimbra, University of Zaragoza, INESCOP and University of Alicante.

The tutorial at Zaragoza.

I3A Young Researchers Conference

We presented three different works of COMMANDIA in the “Jornada de Jóvenes Investigadores del I3A”, which were held on June 6 2019 in Zaragoza, Spain:

  • R. Herguedas, G. López-Nicolás, C. Sagüés. Minimal multi-camera system for perception of deformable shapes. (Link)
  • J. Martínez-Cesteros, G. López-Nicolás. Automatic image dataset generation for footwear detection. (Link)
  • E. Hernández-Murillo, R. Aragüés, G. López-Nicolás. Volumetric object reconstruction in multi-camera scenarios. (Link)

The journal “Jornada de Jóvenes Investigadores del I3A” (ISSN:2341-4790) collects the proceedings of the conferences that are held annually since 2012 at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón (I3A), belonging to the University of Zaragoza. These conferences are the meeting point for researchers starting their research career at the I3A.

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2019

Miguel Aranda presented at ICRA2019 the work entitled “Deformation-Based Shape Control with a Multirobot System”, which was coauthored by Juan Antonio Corrales and Youcef Mezouar. The conference was held on May 20-24, 2019 Montreal, Canada.

Abstract: We present a novel method to control the relative positions of the members of a robotic team. The application scenario we consider is the cooperative manipulation of a deformable object in 2D space. A typical goal in this kind of scenario is to minimize the deformation of the object with respect to a desired state. Our contribution, then, is to use a global measure of deformation directly in the feedback loop. In particular, the robot motions are based on the descent along the gradient of a metric that expresses the difference between the team’s current configuration and its desired shape. Crucially, the resulting multirobot controller has a simple expression and is inexpensive to compute, and the approach lends itself to analysis of both the transient and asymptotic dynamics of the system. This analysis reveals a number of properties that are interesting for a manipulation task: fundamental geometric parameters of the team (size, orientation, centroid, and distances between robots) can be suitably steered or bounded. We describe different policies within the proposed deformation-based control framework that produce useful team behaviors. We illustrate the methodology with computer simulations.

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6ème journée mobilité innovante – Robotique coopérative pour la transitique : convoyage, transfert, manipulation

LabEx IMobS3, the ViaMéca competitiveness cluster, the I-SITE CAP 20-25 and the regional cluster Coboteam proposed this year to devote their event to innovative robotics solutions for workflow.

Among users, productive environments are particularly targeted: industry (manufacturing, food, pharmaceuticals…) and also agriculture, construction, mining and construction… Logistics, order preparation, distribution, etc. are also concerned, as are more specific intra-logistics (hospitals, services, etc.). Users will report successful deployments and integrations and their feedback will motivate new initiatives. The technological (unlocking, innovation), economic (return on investment, Robotics As A Service…), or human (acceptance, change management…) aspects can be addressed. Solution and technology providers, design offices, engineers and integrators, laboratories, will showcase their innovative know-how with regard to the state of the art.

Our colleagues Juan Antonio Corrales and Miguel Aranda presented different works at the “26ème journée mobilité innovante” about collaborative robotics with industrial applications in the framework of COMMANDIA project.

Date: February 7, 2019
Location: Cézeaux Campus, Clermont- Ferrand, France.

Project COMMANDIA in European Cooperation Day

On 21 September 2018, The municipality of Alicante organised an event for citizens and local actors to show what “European territorial cooperation” really means. In order to do so, Interreg funds were presented along with real European projects promoting cooperation in different fields. José Francisco Gómez (INESCOP) presented project COMMANDIA during the event. The European Cooperation Day is celebrated all over Europe and beyond on 21 September every year, promoting achievements of cooperation among regions.

INESCOP in Futurmoda

INESCOP and RED 21 presented a new scanner at Futurmoda: INESCOP and RED 21, under the concept of “Industrial digitalization and product conceptualization”, presented in IFA (Alicante) during the 17th and 18th of October in the Futurmoda fair, a scanner for the computer design of footwear floors.
INESCOP has developed a set of CAD/CAM tools to meet the needs of the footwear sector in terms of design and manufacture of floors, increasing productivity and efficiency, while reducing errors relating to the transfer of information between the different agents involved in the manufacturing process of floors.