IK4-TEKNIKER is a technological centre legally constituted as a private not-for-profit Foundation that aims at the development and transfer of technology to improve the competitiveness of industry. In line with its missions and origins, IK4-TEKNIKER is also involved in generating new business initiatives, which are usually technological and, often, "spin offs" of the centre itself.
IK4-TEKNIKER has been participating in both national and European projects in the field of Advanced Industrial and Service Robotics.
The research group mainly involved in the project is the Smart and Autonomous System Unit (SAI). SAI research is focused on developing intelligent robotic applications able to interpret the environment through multimodal sensors, implementing strategies for navigation and manipulation to adapt to changing conditions and allow safe interaction with people. SAI has an experienced team consisting of electrical, electronic, computer engineers and physicists. IK4-TEKNIKER participates in the euRobotics AISBL.
In Team PIROS, TEKNIKER is directly in charge of the bin-picking free-style demonstrator and will implemented vision based perception and robot motion, both for task execution, interaction with humans and safety.
In Team RSAII, TEKNIKER is mainly focused in the development of robotic technology on the following aspects: Bin picking using 2D/3D sensor fusion for very variable geometries recognition; Safe Human Robot co-working concepts implementation working on the fusion of complementary information sources (sensors) such as vision and laser, for people detection and tracking.
Relevant projects in this area are:
X-ACT (FP7, http://www.xact-project.eu) and FLEXAS demonstrator in SMERobotics concerning bi-manipulation robots in collaboration with people in the factory of the future; ROBOPARTNER (FP7, www.robo-partner.eu), about human-robot safe collaboration with mobile manipulators carrying heavy loads; FourByThree, Horizon 2020 project. It aims at developing safe, intuitive, modular and efficient robots that collaborate with humans in manufacturing applications; LER. Private funded project to develop mobile manipulators to help workers in manufacturing environments; RoboFoot (FP7, Robots for automation of the footwear industry, www.robofoot.eu); EasyPRO (ECHROD FP7, which concerns accurate manual guided robot programming.