PHRIENDS - Phisical Human-Robot Interaction: Dependability and Safety

01.10.2006 — 30.09.2009. PHRIENDS is about developing key components of the next generation of robots, including industrial robots and assist devices (which include robots for the emerging market of non-industrial applications, e.g. for service, health-care, and entertainment), designed to share the environment and to physically interact with people.

VIACTORS - Variable Impedance ACTuation systems embodying advanced interaction behaviORS

01.02.2009 - 31.01.2012. Viactors project aims at developing and exploiting actuation technologies for a new generation of robots that can co-exist and co-operate with people and get much closer to the human manipulation and locomotion performance than today’s robots do. At the same time these robots are expected to be safe, in the sense that interacting with them should not constitute a higher injury risk to humans than the interaction with another cautious human.

Safe Quarry

Il progetto SAFE QUARRY si inserisce nella categoria “Sistemi e distretti produttivi tipici” promosso dalla Regione Toscana ed è finalizzato ad introdurre tecnologie di monitoraggio innovative a supporto del distretto lapideo con lo scopo di aumentare e migliorare l’attività estrattiva. La tecnologia di monitoraggio in via di sviluppo nel corso di progetto è orientata ad automatizzare ed aumentare le operazioni di controllo del sottosuolo, e le relative attività di analisi ed interpretazione dei dati, con una conseguente necessità di personale altamente qualificato.

STAMAS - Smart technology for artificial muscle applications in space

Human activities in space environments have a negative effect on the astronauts’ health. the STAMAS (Smart technology for artificial muscle applications in space) consortium will develop a new type of astronauts’ suit, a “smart-suit”, which will mitigate the pernicious effects of weightlessness and motor inactivity and, thus, maintain the astronauts’ health and physical fitness during and after a space mission. The project will utilise existing terrestrial experience in Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) and Electroactive Polymer (EAP) technologies.

HYCON2 - Highly-complex and networked control systems

The FP7 NoE HYCON2, started in September 2010, is a four-year project coordinated by the CNRS (Françoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue).
It aims at stimulating and establishing a long-term integration in the strategic field of control of complex, large-scale, and networked dynamical systems. It focuses in particular on the domains of ground and aerospace transportation, electrical power networks, process industries, and biological and medical systems.

ICO-NEH - International Curriculum Option of Doctoral Studies in Networked, Embedded, and Hybrid Control Systems for Complex Distributed Heterogeneous Systems

The International Curriculum Option of Doctoral Studies in Networked, Embedded, and Hybrid Control Systems for Complex Distributed Heterogeneous Systems (ICO-NEH)  provides a common cultural and academic substrate in the field by establishing a network of institutions that impose common supplementary criteria for the participating PhD students, in addition to those of their already-existing doctoral programs.

INLIVETOX - Intestinal, Liver and Vascular Nanoparticle Toxicity

There is currently a high level of concern about the potential risks to health posed by novel substances, particularly nanoparticles. Governments and regulatory bodies are asked to set guidelines or controls that will help protect those involved in the manufacture or use of these materials. However, there are serious gaps in our understanding of the way such materials interact with the human body or the level of risk that exposure to them might involve.

PLANET - PLAtform for the deployment and operation of heterogeneous NETworked cooperating objects

The main objective of PLANET project is the design, development and validation of an integrated platform to enable the deployment, operation and maintenance of large-scale/complex systems of heterogeneous networked Cooperating Objects, including Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks and mobile objects. The platform will support optimal and adaptive deployment and operation by means of mobile cooperating objects, i.e. vehicles, networked with static nodes.