The Automation & Robotics Lab (ARL) belongs to the Department of the Electric and Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), the biggest university in Greece.
The Special Account for Research Funds (SARF) of the AUTh is the legal person, responsible for the research projects of the AUTh. In The last 3 years, the SARF has cooperated with 17,00 institutions (universities, research centers, companies) for the realization of 3,500 research projects. The total budget of these projects reaches 150 million euros.
The project would be implemented in ARL which has experience in robotics and system controlling. To be more specific, in robotics the lab is expertised in human-robot collaboration, in the handling of objects, in the controlling of robotic arms, and the control of systems out of models with prescribed performance. In automatic control, the lab is expertised in the controlling of composed and non-linear systems.
The research team of the lab has taken part in more than 220 research projects funded by Greece, the European Union and the excellency networkings. Some of the most recent complete ones are: the PIROS (Excellency I), RAMCIP & SARAFun (Horizon 2020), which concern the cooperation between humans and robots.
That current period the lab participates in CoLLaboratE and BACCHUS (Horizon 2020) as a coordinating body. The first one concerns the cooperation between humans and robots at the stage of assembling while the second one is about the development of self-propelled robots for the supervision and harvesting of crops.
Several members of the research team have been awarded by scholarships by the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) for their research at the level of candidates of doctor of philosophy or post-doctoral scientists. The research that would be carried out for the ProgHRC project consists a normal sequel of the 15-month project “Automatic programming of repeated motions by the robotic arm under the sensational human guide” funded by the program “Researchers support with the emphasis on young researchers – A’ cycle” through which the mathematical context -that may be used for- is developed.
The ARL has a significant experience – among others – in the development of the controlling systems for robots that achieve the desired motion profiles, within pre-described limits, as well as in the safe human-robot cooperation, in the production of robotic motion according to the human indication and the handling of objects.