VOJEXT

In a nutshell

VOJEXT (Value Of Joint EXperimentation in digital Technologies for manufacturing and construction)

The project aims to provide a favourable business and technological framework for cognitive autonomous systems supporting human-robot interaction. Under the vision Value Of Joint EXperimenttion (VOJEXT) in digital technologies, the project dynamizes science-driven industry approaches engaging human and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) in the same loop; thus amplifying the cognitive capabilities needed to achieve more effective sociotechnical and business ecosystems. For this purpose, VOJEXT will design, develop, and demonstrate affordable, market-oriented, multipurpose and easy-to-repurpose robotic systems; to be developed as one of the main components of a smart and scalable CPS ecosystem for the manufacturing and construction industry.

VOJEXT demonstrates its value through five (5) different experimental pilots; which will be evaluated in five (5) different sectors (plastic textile, electronics, automotive, construction and creative architecture for urban regeneration); covering the construction and manufacturing sectors at large in four (4) different locations (Spain, Hungary, Italy and Turkey). VOJEXT covers traditional and non-traditional areas for AI-robotics and cognitive ICT developments, extending its activities to new fifteen (15) demonstrators through open calls.

The VOJEXT project experimental path and effective implementation, is supported by the S+T+ARTS approach, using art-driven innovation. For this purpose, VOJEXT will engage artistic research and innovation methodologies by hosting two S+T+ARTS Residencies that will be selected through open calls in S+T+ARTS format and will invite artists, as art-science partners, to collaborate with VOJEXT technology, robotic, academic and industrial partners.

Main aim
and specific objectives

The VOJEXT project aims at providing a favourable business and technological framework to enable matchmaking and encourage producers and adopters (mainly SMEs including small crafters) of cognitive autonomous systems for human-robot interaction, especially “cobots”, dynamising science-driven industry approaches for the European industry. For this purpose, VOJEXT will design, develop, validate and demonstrate affordable, market-oriented, agile, multipurpose and easy-to-repurpose, autonomous, mobile and dexterous robotic systems as the main component of a smart, agile and scalable cognitive CPS for industry; under the vision of providing Value Of Joint EXperimenttion (VOJEXT) in digital technologies to manufacturing and construction industry; while having DIHs as drivers of innovation-based economic development in Europe.

This will enable new ways of automation (semi- or fully-automatic tasks) and flexible reconfiguration (tasks, factory floor, equipment) for more effective and efficient manufacturing/construction processes in activities requiring precise manipulation of objects and devices, especially when tackling small-scale production and personalised goods. Likewise, an improved human-robot collaboration will allow a fluid robot interaction based on safety, gender and ergonomics principles, leading to better working conditions. In order to attract and involve a large number of entrepreneurs, SMEs and mid-caps in the innovative ecosystem, a wide range of initiatives, activities and events will be planned with special focus on community building and long-term sustainability.

Achievement of the overall objective is supported by the following specific project objectives:

OBJ. 1:

Strengthen the European industry by approaching advanced technologies in the field of cognitive and autonomous systems and robotics to SMEs and mid-caps through a set of DIH initiatives and communication and dissemination activities.

OBJ. 2:

Develop an advanced Cyber-Physical System (CPS) with high-level reasoning capabilities – based on semantic modelling and a cloud knowledge base – underpinning an effective and efficient management, control and supervision of the production process involving precise manipulation of objects/devices.

OBJ. 3:

Provide a beyond state-of-the-art modular mobile robotic system with high dexterity for grasping, holding, transporting and manipulating different types of materials, scalable in functions and connected as a plug-in to the knowledge base cloud, for human-robot collaboration.

OBJ. 4:

Foster a ground-breaking standardised perceptual system allowing accurate and safe navigation, movements and human-robot collaboration by taking advantage of available and new sensors and IoT devices deployed in the operational environments.

OBJ. 5:

Design a proactive safety preservation and ergonomic optimisation approach with adaptability/personalisation to the individual gender, age, cognitive and physical capacities and special attention to co-working environments and related specificities, improving efficiency and conditions at work. WP4 will mainly contribute to the achievement of this objective.

OBJ.6:

To integrate the different component, test and validate VOJEXT through up to 15 experimental pilots as use case demonstrators and the awarded (10-16) tenders of the two open calls.

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