ASTI Mobile Robotics participates in the CoLaboratE project (Co-production CeLLL performing Human-Robot Collaborative AssEmbly). A research and innovation project (Horizon 2020) funded by the European Commission, which is led by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and aims to develop innovative methods for collaboration between man and robot effectively, efficiently and safely.

Traditional manufacturing systems lack the flexibility and reconfigurability to enable short production cycles and rapid deployment of the upgraded system. While the use of automation technologies based on industrial robots can increase the adaptability of a production line, the desired flexibility cannot be achieved until the genuine collaboration capabilities of robots with the human workers.

CoLaboratE will revolutionize the way industrial robots learn to cooperate with human workers to perform new manufacturing tasks, with a special focus on the difficult area of assembly operations. In this case, ASTI Mobile Robotics works mainly on the AGV robot that will be improved with sensors and processors to navigate autonomously and react based on the intentions of the workers

The system envisaged for collaborative assembly will be able to allocate human and robotic resources to execute the production plan by sharing the tasks according to the capabilities of the available actors.

Professor Zoe Doulgeri, director of the Automation & Robotics Lab and coordinator of the CoLLaboratE project states: “CoLLaboratE is a challenging project that aims to equip robots with new collaboration skills. This way robots will become valuable human assistants, able to understand humans’ intentions, learn from them and work with humans using their abilities of precision and heavy loads manipulation, while leaving the decision-making and movement initiative to humans.”

The CoLLaboratE is a three-year project that started in October 2018 and consists of 14 partners from research, industry and services across 10 European countries. The consortium members include the Automation & Robotics Lab, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), the University of Genova (Italy), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Βelgium), the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, University of Patras (Greece), the Information Technologies Institute (ITI), of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) (Greece), the Association pour la Recherche et le Developpement des Methodes et Processus Industriels (ARMINES) (France), the Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), the IDIAP Research Institute (Switzerland), and the companies Blue Ocean Robotics (Denmark), Kolektor Orodjarna (Slovenia), Centro Ricerche FIAT SCPA (Italy), ASTI Mobile Robotics (Spain), Romaero SA (Romania) and Arçelik A.Ş (Turkey).