Research Projects

European Project: EU Marine Robots (EUMR)(2018-21)

European Project: Robotic Subsea Exploration Technologies (ROBUST)(2016-20)

European Project: AErial RObotic system integrating multiple ARMS and advanced manipulation capabilities for inspection and maintenance (AEROARMS)(2015-19)

European Project: Dexterous ROV Operations in Presence of Communications Latencies (DexROV) (2015-19)

European Project: Widely scalable Mobile Underwater Sonar Technology (WiMUST) (2015-18)

European Project FP7-IP: European Robotics Challenges (EuRoc) (2014-17)

National Project PRIN: Marine Autonomous Robotics for InterventionS (MARIS) (2013-16)

European Project FP7-IP: Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly system (ARCAS) (2011-15)

National Project FIRB “Futuro in ricerca”: NECTAR (2010-13)

National Project PRIN: MEMONET (2010-12)

The goal of the research project is to coordinate the efforts of a group of the national Control Systems community operating in the Robotics domain toward the development of cooperative exploration techniques by means of multirobot systems.
With reference to a scenario in which the team is asked to explore an unknown environment lacking a communication infrastructure, the multirobot system is organized in two groups: a first group is made of a team of exploration agents, while a second group is made of a team of service agents. The two groups perform a synergic action, in that the exploration agents build the map of the environment using the communication and localization functionalities provided by the service agents.
In this scenario, the main topics that will be investigated in the research program are multirobot exploration techniques, cooperative localization and map building, and control of Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANET).
The experimental testing of the proposed techniques will be performed by the Operating Units in the short term with the different mobile robots already available at their laboratories that will be upgraded as soon as possible so as to better investigate the complexity issues related to the handling of large teams.

European Project FP7-Strep: Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (CO3-AUVs) (2009-12)

Development of an advanced multi-robot system for underwater environments
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) represent one of the most challenging frontiers for robotics research. AUVs work in an unstructured environment and face unique perception, decision, control and communications difficulties. Currently, the state of the art is dominated by single AUVs limited to open-sea, preplanned trajectories with offline postprocessing of the data gathered during the mission. The use of multiple AUVs as explored in this project is still in a very early research phase. Some of the research issues addressed in this project are even completely uncharted territory, especially the development of functionalities to seamlessly monitor critical underwater infrastructures and detect anomalous situations (e.g., missions related to harbour safety and security) and, also, the study of advanced AUVs capable of interacting with humans to perform such functions as companion/support platforms during scientific and commercial dives. The aim of the Co3-AUVs project is to develop, implement and test advanced cognitive systems for coordination and cooperative control of multiple AUVs. Several aspects will be investigated including 3D perception and mapping, cooperative situation awareness, deliberation and navigation as well as behavioral control strictly linked with the underwater communication challenges. As a result, the team of AUVs will cooperate in challenging scenarios in the execution of missions where all data is processed online. In doing so, the team will be robust with respect to failures and environmental changes. These key features will be tested in a harbour scenario, where additional difficulties arise, compared to open sea applications and in a human diver assistance scenario that also illustrates human robot interaction issues.

European Project FP7-IP: European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development (ECHORD) (2009-12)

Strengthening the knowledge transfer between scientific research and industry in robotics and stimulating their cooperation
In Europe the robotics industry is strong, but still fragmented and dispersed. The objective of ECHORD is to provide new opportunities for coordinated and target-oriented scientific research as well as knowledge transfer in robotics and to create a productive collaboration environment for research institutions and robot manufacturers across Europe. This cooperation will reduce the fragmentation of our robotics industry. European robotics industry will be helped to achieve a significant cutting-edge advantage in the increasingly competitive world market. ECHORD aims at producing new knowledge through advancing the state of the art in human-robot interfacing and safety, robot hands and complex manipulation, mobile manipulators and cooperation, and networked robots and systems.

National Project PRIN: PICTURE (2004-06)
National Project PRIN: MATRICS (2002-04)
National Project PRIN: RAMSETE (1998-00)