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🤖 Robot Franka Research 3 -  Intel RealSense D435 - HCR Lab /Jozef Stefan Institute -Participants in the euROBIN Competition - European Robotics Week 2024

 
 

  


From November 25 to 28, 2024, the 1st euROBIN Coopetition will take place in Nancy, France, following Humanoids 2024, the IEEE-RAS 2024 International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

euROBIN coopetitions are designed not only to test individual team capabilities but also to foster collaborative innovation by rewarding teams for both their own achievements and the successful integration of their developed modules by others. By promoting modularity, reusability, and transferability in robotic systems, euROBIN aims to advance the frontier of robotics and artificial intelligence, driving progress in diverse application domains such as robotic manufacturing, personal robotics, and outdoor robotics for sustainable communities. Hereby, with these profiles we would like to welcome you to the pioneering world of the euROBIN project, where the brightest robotic teams from across Europe converge to participate in this groundbreaking event.

 

 

 

 

  • NAME: Jozef Stefan Institute / HCR Lab 
  • TYPE: Research institute
  • LEADER CONTACT: Aleš Ude -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., head of Department for Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics
  • PRESS CONTACT: Polona Strnad - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Public Relations Jozef Stefan Insitute
  • URL WEBSITE: 
    • https://hcr.ijs.si/ - Humanoid and cognitive robotics lab
    • https://abr.ijs.si/ - Department for Automatics, Biocybernetics and Robotics
  • TWITTER: https://twitter.com/JSI_SLO 
  • LINKEDIN: https://si.linkedin.com/company/jozef-stefan-institute
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  • ROBOTS OR PRODUCTS SHORT PRESENTATION:

Franka Research 3 is the reference world-class, force sensitive robot system that empowers researchers with easy-to-use robot features as well as with low-level access to robot's control and learning capabilities.

The Intel® RealSense™ D435 camera offers a very wide field of view, along with a global shutter on the depth sensor that is ideal for fast-moving applications. A powerful, full-featured depth camera.

 

  • TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ROBOT/PRODUCTS:

Franka Research 3's robot system includes the Arm and its Control. The force sensitive and agile Arm features 7 DOF with torque sensors at each joint, industrial-grade pose repeatability of +/- 0.1 mm and negligible path deviation even at high velocities. It comes with a payload of 3 kg, a reach of 855 mm and a workspace coverage of 94.5%.

FCI is the ideal interface to explore low-level programming and control schemes, providing the current status of the robot and enabling its direct torque control, at 1 kHz. On top of the C++ interface libfranka, integration with the most popular ecosystems ROS, ROS 2 and MATLAB & Simulink.

 

 

 The combination of a wide field of view and a global shutter sensor in the D435 make it the preferred solution for applications such as robotic navigation and object recognition. Global shutter sensors provide high sensitivity in low-light conditions, allowing robots to navigate spaces with the lights off. Ideal for low light conditions and wide field of vision. D435 depth camera is part of Intel® RealSense™.

The D400 series of cameras, a line incorporating Intel's latest depth-sensing hardware and software, packages them into easy-to-integrate products. Perfect for developers, manufacturers, and innovators looking to add depth sensing to devices, Intel® RealSense™ D400 Series cameras offer easy, out-of-the-box integration and enable a whole new generation of smart vision-equipped devices.

 

 

 

 
 

 

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🤖 Robot IST TIAGo - SocRob@Home - Participants in the euROBIN Competition - European Robotics Week 2024

 

 

 

From November 25 to 28, 2024, the 1st euROBIN Coopetition will take place in Nancy, France, following Humanoids 2024, the IEEE-RAS 2024 International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

euROBIN coopetitions are designed not only to test individual team capabilities but also to foster collaborative innovation by rewarding teams for both their own achievements and the successful integration of their developed modules by others. By promoting modularity, reusability, and transferability in robotic systems, euROBIN aims to advance the frontier of robotics and artificial intelligence, driving progress in diverse application domains such as robotic manufacturing, personal robotics, and outdoor robotics for sustainable communities. Hereby, with these profiles we would like to welcome you to the pioneering world of the euROBIN project, where the brightest robotic teams from across Europe converge to participate in this groundbreaking event.

 

 

 

 

  • ROBOTS OR PRODUCTS SHORT PRESENTATION: IST TIAGo

The IST TIAGo is a customized version of the TIAGo Steel robot developed by PAL Robotics, improved for the domestic environment. The IST TIAGo is a mobile manipulator robot with a differential- drive base, a lifting torso, a 2-DoF pan-tilt head, and a 7-DoF arm with a 3 kg maximum payload.

 

  • TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ROBOT/PRODUCTS: IST TIAGo

In indoor domestic scenarios, the two Hokuyo laser range- finders mounted in the base and a downwards-facing RGB- D camera in the head, provide adequate localization and navigation with 3D obstacle avoidance. A second Orbbec Astra S RGB-D camera mounted in the head enables object detection, 6D pose estimation, and object tracking. A ReSpeaker microphone array with noise canceling and an 8W speaker enables human-robot interaction via speech. More recently, a 3D Ouster OS1 LiDAR was installed to be used in 2.5D navigation.

 

  • STAND IN HUMANOIDS 2024: N/A (except for the team booth in the coopetition area)
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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🤖 Robots PAL Robotics- Participants in the euROBIN Competition - European Robotics Week 2024

 

 

 

From November 25 to 28, 2024, the 1st euROBIN Coopetition will take place in Nancy, France, following Humanoids 2024, the IEEE-RAS 2024 International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

euROBIN coopetitions are designed not only to test individual team capabilities but also to foster collaborative innovation by rewarding teams for both their own achievements and the successful integration of their developed modules by others. By promoting modularity, reusability, and transferability in robotic systems, euROBIN aims to advance the frontier of robotics and artificial intelligence, driving progress in diverse application domains such as robotic manufacturing, personal robotics, and outdoor robotics for sustainable communities. Hereby, with these profiles we would like to welcome you to the pioneering world of the euROBIN project, where the brightest robotic teams from across Europe converge to participate in this groundbreaking event.

With nearly 20 years of experience as a leader in service robotics in Europe, PAL Robotics' solutions are used in social robotics, intralogistics, retail and research environments internationally, with the presence of our solutions in more than 30 countries and a continuous track record of project success.

 

 

  • ROBOTS OR PRODUCTS SHORT PRESENTATION:
    • TALOS:   The autonomous high-performance bipedal robot from PAL Robotics, sets a new standard in robotics. TALOS’ mission is to take part in the factory of the future, assisting people in difficult industrial environments to reduce labour risks and increase efficiency. Officially launched in 2017, TALOS brings closer a future where robots can collaborate more frequently, safely and efficiently with people. Collaborative robots like TALOS are designed to take part in industrial activities with the mission of assisting in hazardous assignments that can damage the worker’s health. For instance, tasks that require strength and an uncomfortable body posture for a long period of time.
      Some of TALOS’ highlights are that the robot walks on uneven surfaces, lifts heavy weights and interacts with humans. TALOS has advanced features with a unique electronics and sensors integration, creating a highly advanced platform that goes beyond other similar technologies.

 

    • KANGAROO: Kangaroo is an innovative bipedal research platform designed to explore advanced control methods for legged locomotion. With its lightweight design and low moving inertia in the legs, Kangaroo enables highly dynamic motions such as jumping and running, making it a versatile platform for pushing the boundaries of legged locomotion research.

 

    • TIAGo Pro:  is a groundbreaking robotic platform designed to revolutionise the world of agile manufacturing and human-robot collaboration. With its innovative hardware upgrades, enhanced manipulation capabilities, and state-of-the-art Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) abilities, TIAGo Pro is poised to unlock new levels of productivity, academic exploration in Industry 5.0, and future healthcare applications. The starting point for TIAGo Pro, was TIAGo robot – originally developed by PAL Robotics in 2015 and nowadays one of Europe’s most popular platforms for mobile manipulation research and applications across Europe and beyond.

 

  • TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ROBOT/PRODUCTS:
    • TALOSInside TALOS’ humanoid body, at 1.75m tall and 100Kg in weight, there is complex mechatronics integration. TALOS is fully torque controllable, which is enabled by torque sensors in all of the robot’s joints and which also makes the robot suitable for safe Human-Robot Interactions.
      This is complemented with EtherCAT communications, a system that makes its data network faster (its control loop running at least at 1KHz) and facilitates quick reactions to any external force. The PAL Robotics’ humanoid robot can dynamically walk with the current algorithms at a speed of 3Km/h, and is able to navigate over irregular floors.
      TALOS’ architecture is anthropomorphic and its kinematic architecture has been specially designed to allow a large work-space for bi-manipulation tasks. Its 7-DoF arms have a 6Kg payload each with the arm stretched, being able to nimbly use heavy industrial tools.
      The humanoid robot is fully electrically powered, unlike other robots of its kind. TALOS has an autonomy of 1.5 when walking, and up to 3 h stand by. Its software is 100% ROS capable.

    • KANGAROO: Lightweight Design for Dynamic Motions: Kangaroo's lightweight design, coupled with low moving inertia in the legs, allows for highly dynamic motions, including jumping and running. This makes it an ideal platform for studying and advancing control methods in legged locomotion.
      Novel Actuator Design for Robustness: Kangaroo incorporates a novel design featuring linear actuators that offer high back drivability, efficiency, and robustness to impacts. This combination enables precise control and resilience, even in demanding environments.
      High Bandwidth Torque Control: Custom electronics and force sensors are integrated into Kangaroo to achieve high bandwidth torque control. This advanced control system allows for precise and responsive movements, enhancing the overall performance of the robot.
      Actuator Placement Optimisation: Kangaroo's actuators and electronics are strategically located close to the base link, following classic template models. This placement optimisation enhances the robot's stability, control, and overall performance, bringing it closer to established legged locomotion paradigms.

    • TIAGo Pro: Innovative Torque-Controlled Arms: TIAGo Pro's fully torque-controlled arms, equipped with brakes at each joint, offer unparalleled accuracy and compliance. The joint torque sensing with Series Elastic Actuators ensures optimal performance and precise control, enabling users to achieve unmatched precision and efficiency.
      Optimised Arm Placement for Enhanced Manipulation: The arm placement on TIAGo Pro maximises the bi-manual workspace, allowing for easy frontal and lateral reach. With the ability to reach objects on the floor and high shelves, the robot's manipulation capabilities are expanded. The torque-controlled arms provide precise and human-centric manipulation, facilitating efficient task execution.
      Enhanced HRI Capabilities: TIAGo Pro features advanced HRI capabilities, including gaze tracking, face identification, and a new chatbot engine. The expressive face of the robot, capable of displaying a range of emotions, enhances communication and engagement. With a user-friendly web user interface and full compatibility with ROS 2, the robot offers a seamless Human-Robot Interaction experience.

 

  • STAND IN HUMANOIDS 2024: To be confirmed