CNR-ITIA is the reference CNR institute for productions systems (factory automation and robotics, mechatronics, industrial and service robotics, microsystems, controls, diagnosis, monitoring and new generation supervising systems, virtual design methods of products, virtual and augmented reality, process and factory design, management and business paradigms). CNR-ITIA is a major partner of the European Technological Platform MANUFUTURE initiative (CNR-ITIA’s Director is a member of the High Level Group and of the Implementation Support Group), finalized in development of added high value manufacturing based on research and innovation. CNR-ITIA is founder member of EFFRA, the Director being a member of the Industrial Research Advisory Group and of the Ad-hoc Industrial Advisory Group. CNR-ITIA is founding member of euRobotics AISBL.
In industrial robotics R&D activities, as a major partner of many important robot manufacturers (COMAU, KUKA, ABB, UR), system integrators, and end users, CNR-ITIA develops a wide range of industrial robotics technologies for effective, robust and safe robot-environment and robot-human interactions. Core areas are industrial robot safety (standardization and certification, safety architectures) and safe interaction (hard real time algorithms for safe workspace sharing between robot and humans; interaction controls; haptic interfaces and devices; multimodal devices for easy and intuitive robot programming); robot-environment interaction (theoretical and experimental coverage of model-based interaction control problems for technological application (e.g. deburring, polishing, grinding, guidance, etc.); 3D Vision (Laser-Scanning technologies and devices, customized fast scanning for CAM, automatic motion tracking, automatic object recognition and feature extraction, reverse engineering, low-cost mechatronics).
CNR-ITIA leads in PIROS all the activities concerning robot control, motion planning, task allocation, communication framework, risk safety and assessment, validation, ergonomic evaluation.
IRAS, the group of industrial robotics of CNR-ITIA, has been involved in 8 FP7-EU projects all related to industrial robotics, human-robot cooperation, development of new devices for human-robot interaction, and control of industrial robots. Such topics are actually investigated in 5 Italian funded project and in 3 European Projects (FourByThree H2020-FoF-6-2014 led by TEKNIKER, FLEXICAST-FP7, ACTIVE-FP7).