LABOR

Title : LABOR-Lean robotized AssemBly and cOntrol of composite aeRostructures

My Role Leader of local unit, WP leader

Total Funding: 2.509.375€

Funding under: H2020-EU.3.4.5.4. - ITD Airframe with Grant Agreement 785419

Description: The general objective of the project is to increase the level of automation of the current assembly process of fuselage parts such as panels and frames of a regional aircraft, by means of lean and flexible automated solutions in replacement of manual assembly or complex ad-hoc machine constructions and high-payload robots used in conjunction with external metrology systems. The adoption of such a solution will also allow human operators to share the area with robots during the manufacturing process, being this one of the key aspect of Industry 4.0. The specific objectives of LABOR project listed below, are set to allow realization of a fully functional, replicable and therefore widely exploitable solution, employing small – medium size robots, smart on-line inspection tools and distributed intelligence.

  • Objective 1: Development of a self-adaptive system able to perform an automated drilling and fastener insertion, based on robotized systems for composite structures.
  • Objective 2: Development of smart inspection tools.
  • Objective 3: Development of distributed intelligence architecture and Human-Machine-Interface.
  • Objective 4: Ergonomic design and work space monitoring algorithms.
  • Objective 5: Integration and prototyping of the LABOR system.
  • Objective 6: Demonstration in real environment.

My Activity : Proposal writing. Budget allocation. Financial and technical local management.



LABOR

Title : LOCOMACHS-LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures

My Role: Task Leader

Total Funding: 19.600.000€

Funding under: FP7-TRANSPORT with Grant Agreement 314003

Description: LOCOMACHS (LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures) is a collaborative research and development project coordinated by SAAB AB, gathering 31 partners including the European key players in the aircraft industry. Faster and more cost efficient assembly of composite structural parts is a key enabler to high rate production. The LOCOMACHS objectives are to combine existing and innovative technologies to remove non-added value operations, which are time consuming and induce recurring costs, within composite production lines. LOCOMACHS is supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, grant number 314003. With a project budget of 33M €, the project is implemented during 3.5 years (2012-2016).

My Activity: I was in charge of all the management and technical activities. Concerning the management activities, I was the only person in charge of preparing contributions to deliverables, and of participating at all the web-meetings (every two weeks) and all annual review meetings for presenting the technical activities carried out by the University of Salerno-DIEM and by the third party Second University of Naples. Concerning the technical activities, I was the only person in charge of the setup of the work-cell, of developing and testing solutions for force based cooperative robotized drilling of aircraft aluminium stacks by two cooperative Comau SmartSix robots.



LABOR

Title : ECHORD- European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development Plus Plus

My Role: Team Member

Total Funding: 18.969.760€

Funding under: FP7-ICT with Grant Agreement 231143

Description: Strengthening the knowledge transfer between scientific research and industry in robotics and stimulating their cooperation In Europe the robotics industry is strong, but still fragmented and dispersed. The objective of ECHORD is to provide new opportunities for coordinated and target-oriented scientific research as well as knowledge transfer in robotics and to create a productive collaboration environment for research institutions and robot manufacturers across Europe. This cooperation will reduce the fragmentation of our robotics industry. European robotics industry will be helped to achieve a significant cutting-edge advantage in the increasingly competitive world market. ECHORD aims at producing new knowledge through advancing the state of the art in human-robot interfacing and safety, robot hands and complex manipulation, mobile manipulators and cooperation, and networked robots and systems.

My Activity: I was in charge of all the management and technical activities. Concerning the management activities, I was the only person in charge of preparing contributions to deliverables, and of participating at all the web-meetings (every two weeks) and all annual review meetings for presenting the technical activities carried out by the University of Salerno-DIEM and by the third party Second University of Naples. Concerning the technical activities, I was the only person in charge of the setup of the work-cell, of developing and testing solutions for force based cooperative robotized drilling of aircraft aluminium stacks by two cooperative Comau SmartSix robots.



LABOR

Title : Co3-AUVs-Cooperative Cognitive Control for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

My Role: Team member

Total Funding: 3.332.029€

Funding under: FP7-ICT with Grant Agreement 231378

Description: The aim of the Co3-AUVs project is to develop, implement and test advanced cognitive systems for coordination and cooperative control of multiple AUVs. Several aspects will be investigated including 3D perception and mapping, cooperative situation awareness, deliberation and navigation as well as behavioral control strictly linked with the underwater communication challenges. As a result, the team of AUVs will cooperate in challenging scenarios in the execution of missions where all data is processed online. In doing so, the team will be robust with respect to failures and environmental changes. These key features will be tested in a harbor scenario where additional difficulties with respect to open sea applications arise and in a human diver assistance scenario that also illustrates human robot interaction issues.

My Activity: I was in charge of monitoring technical activities of 8 funded projects (every two months) within ECHORD, of analysing periodic reports, deliverables and delay with respect to plans, and of participating to meetings held at partners laboratories. I was also involved in the design and development of the assessment phase of the project.