Soft Materials Manipulation in Industry: from Projects to Perspectives

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TG relation: TG-Industry 

Project cluster relation:

APRIL [DT-FOF-12-2019] 

SOFTMANBOT [H2020-FoF-11] 

Decathlon [Tissue manipulation use-case] 

CISUTAC [GA 10106037 

Areas mainly addressed: Agile Production 

Main questions to be answered: 

· How intelligent and autonomous should the robot be to be integrated in industrial plants and how is the current state of robots in industrial plants dealing with soft materials manipulation? 

· How intelligent and autonomous should the robot be to be integrated in industrial plants with respect to the current state of robots dealing with soft materials manipulation? 

· What is the trade-off between tailored design of robotic grippers and the adaptive intelligent control? 

WS Description: This workshop proposes future potential technology to handle flexible and deformable materials, in order to reduce labour-intensive production processes. Four different projects (APRIL, SoftManBot, CISUTAC and Masterly) will be presented from an academic and industrial point of view. The projects are at different stages of development, and they will show 11 different applied solutions, and 4 different novel approaches. All the projects are built on three main pillars: generic robotic perception system, multi-sensor control and planning platform and smart dexterous grippers. The workshop will focus on deformation of soft materials, manipulation operation and presence of human operators in the loop. Finally, the high quality speakers and the following discussions will bring in new ideas, which will help the attendees to widen their vision about the soft material manipulation trend. 

Intended outcome: Novel format (e.g. interactive matchmaking session for technologies and applications), Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc 

Approach: 80min-long workshop 

5min WS introduction 

15min APRIL project + ASINCAR food packaging Use-Case 

15min SoftManBot project + Decathlon Use-Case 

10min CISUTAC project 

10min MASTERLY project 

30min Moderated discussion 

5min Conclusions 

Contributors: Francesco Rea (male, Junior), Researcher in Contact cognitive architecture for interactive technologies, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Academic, Confirmed, APRIL project presentation 

Alice Tori (female), Vicepresident of innovation and development, OSAI-AS, Invited, electrical case study 

Dr Mohammad Alkhatib (male, Junior), Researcher, SIGMA Clermont University (FR), Academic, Confirmed – SoftmanBot Presentation 

Pierpaolo Rotondi (male), Decathlon Produzione Italia (IT), Large Industry, Confirmed – Decathlon use-case presentation 

Alberto Landini (male), Stam s.r.l, SME, confirmed – CISUTAC presentation 

Dr Nikos Dimitropoulos (male, junior), LMS – Laboratory for Manufacturing System and Automation – University of Patras (EL), Academic, Confirmed – MASTERLY presentation 

Dr Andreas Mueller (male), Johannes Kepler University (AU), Academic, Confirmed – Moderator 

Dr Ferdinando Cannella (male), Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Academic, Confirmed –Conclusions 

Further information: APRIL 


Decathlon [Tissue manipulation use-case] 


MASTERLY (the webs 


· Ferdinando Cannella,, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

· Andreas Mueller,, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) 

· GabrieleMarchello,, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Event Timeslots (1)

Room 107 – Floor 1
14 March - Mechatronics and Hardware
Ferdinando Cannella