LAR-DEIS Home Page  
Università di Bologna
 
news!
people
activities
equipments
publications
collaborations
past_activities
links
search
 
  > Home > Past activities > ERNET
 
 
 

ERNET:
The European Robotics NETwork

Coordinator:
Prof. Claudio Bonivento

 

Main motivations of ERNET

Favouring the mobility of researchers, particularly at post-doctoral level, and the setting up of trans-European networks are among the most effective ways to offer to young researchers the best possible education in an appropriate and stimulating scientific and technical environment. Such an action constitutes also a platform on which the technical and industrial competitiveness can durably develop.

The networking and mobility concepts seem particularly adequate in the case of Robotics, where wide technological and methodological knowledge has to be integrated.

Following these ideas, the proposal of establishing in the framework of the Human Capital and Mobility programme the ERNET - European Robotics NETwork - was launched during a meeting in Nice, May 1992. Then, a working group with Prof. H. Tolle, Prof. C. Canudas De Wit, Prof. C. Bonivento and Dr. C. Melchiorri prepared the basic documents focusing structure, scope and operational mechanisms of the network.

With minor adjustements, the proposal was accepted, with contract number ERBCHRXCT930381, and the project was officially started on December 1st, 1993, with a duration of 24 months and a funding of 750,000 ECU. In 1995, it has been extended until November 1996.

The key point of this initiative relays on the proposal of research projects made by each laboratory, and on the interest to participate by post-doc researchers or doctorate students from laboratories of other countries within ERNET. This mechanism is facilitated by an established electronics data-base procedure.

bact to top

Objectives of ERNET - List of participants

In order to suitably develop also in Europe the robotic technology, which constitutes a key factor in the development of new production techniques in industry as well as of advanced solutions in non traditional areas such as space, agriculture, underwater, operation in dangerous environments, large efforts are required from both a technological and a methodological point of view, with a particular emphasis on integration concepts of different disciplines (electronics, mechanics, control theory, mathematics, computer science).

In this general scenario the idea of the European Community to strengthen the direct links between European laboratories by financing the exchange of researchers is especially adequate for the area of Robotics. Therefore, the European laboratories participating to this action are engaged in creating, in a structured and coordinated way, a European network, called ERNET (European Robotics NETwork), in order to establish cooperation by exchanging post-docs and researchers working on their dissertations.

The network collects 28 laboratories from 10 European countries, as follows: Belgium (1), France (5), Germany (4), Italy (9), Netherlands (1), Portugal (1), Spain (2), UK (2), Austria (1), Switzerland (2). These laboratories are organized as one Coordinator, 8 Contractors and the remaining laboratories as Associate Contractors.

In particular, with the indication of the scientist in charge:

ITALY
1. DEIS, Università di Bologna - Prof. C. Bonivento (Coordinator and Contractor)
2. DIS, Università di Roma "La Sapienza" - Prof. F. Nicolò
3. DIE, Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" - Prof. S. Nicosia
4. DISNA, Università di Napoli "Federico II" - Prof. L. Sciavicco
5. DSEA, Università di Pisa - Prof. G. Casalino
6. DIST, Università di Genova - Prof. G. Bartolini
7. ARTS Lab., Scuola S.Anna - Prof P. Dario
8. DEI, Politecnico di Milano - Prof. C. Maffezzoni
9. DII, Università di Parma - Prof. U. Cugini

FRANCE
10. LAG, INPG, Grenoble - Prof. C. Canudas de Wit (Contractor)
11. LIFIA, INRIA, Grenoble - Prof. C. Laugier
12. LIRMM, Universite Montpellier II, Montpellier - Prof. P. Dauchez
13. INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis - Prof. C. Samson
14. LRP, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris - Prof. J.-C. Guinot

GERMANY
15. RST+R, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt - Prof. H. Tolle (Contractor)
16. IPR, Universitat Karlsruhe - Prof. U. Rembold
17. IMA, Universitat Karlsruhe - Prof. G. Schweizer
18. LSR, Technische Universitat Munchen - Prof. G. Schmidt

BELGIUM
19. CESAME, Universite Catholique de Louvain - Prof. R. Gorez (Contractor)

NETHERLANDS
20. RT, Delft University of Technology - Prof. G. Honderd (Contractor)

PORTUGAL
21. ISR/IST, Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisboa - Prof. P.A. Lima (Contractor)

SPAIN
22. IC, Universidad Politecnica de Cataluna, Barcelona - Prof. L.Basanez (Contractor)
23. DIEI, Universidad de Zaragoza - Prof. M. Silva Suarez

U.K.
24. ICC, University of Strathclyde - Prof. M. Grimble (Contractor)
25. EE, The University of Hull - Prof. P. Taylor

AUSTRIA
26. IHDR, University of Technology Vienna - Prof. P. Kopacek

SWITZERLAND
27. IfR, ETH, Zurich - Prof. G. Schweitzer
28. IfA, ETH, Zurich - Prof. W. Shaufeldberger

bact to top

Role of participants

The cooperation within ERNET is organized according to the following flexible scheme.

  • On the basis of the specific research experiences and goals, each involved laboratory provides to the ERNET coordinator a short laboratory profile and a short descriptions of some research projects which could be performed by its research team.

  • The profiles and projects will be distributed by the ERNET coordinator among all the participating laboratories, whose heads will inform their researchers and Ph.D. students of such available opportunities.

  • In case of matching interests of two (or more) laboratories, direct contact will be taken between them. In particular, the laboratory heads will discuss the details of the projects, and will countersign a program containing the project description drown up by the researchers involved in the initiative. The laboratory heads will share the responsibility for a successful achievement of the goals of the project and the adequate publication of the results.

  • The ERNET coordinator will be informed about the negotiations, and will receive a copy of the detailed project description, along with a final short report about the project results at its end. This material will be properly used by the coordinator to perform the dissemination activity described in more details in the following.

The scheduling of the project is outlined in the following way:

  • The duration of the network project is set up for 2+1 years.

  • Each laboratory receives funds for only 6 months of manpower plus travel expenses and laboratory costs (hardware, computer time, and so on).

  • The 6 man-months can be spent flexibly on the offered projects, e.g. either on two or one project, with overlapping or not.
bact to top

Table of Research Areas and Project Proposals

The project proposals presented by each ERNET participant are here listed, grouped by research areas. In total, 73 projects have been proposed, subdivided in 25 research areas. Detailed description of the projects along with the laboratory profiles, can be obtained from the authors on request or on the electronic data-base. The research areas are ordered according to the number of projects presented in each field. For more details.

ERNET Projects:

  • 73 Project proposals
  • 25 Research topics

  1. MOBILE ROBOTS (10);
  2. DEXTEROUS MANIPULATION (6);
  3. FORCE CONTROL (6);
  4. MODELLING AND SIMULATION (6);
  5. AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS (5);
  6. DESIGN OF ROBOTIC SYSTEMS (5);
  7. SENSORS (5);
  8. FLEXIBLE MANIPULATORS (4);
  9. ROBOT CONTROL (4);
  10. TASK PLANNING (4);
  11. COOPERATING ROBOTS (3);
  12. FUZZY CONTROL (3);
  13. NEURAL NETWORKS (3);
  14. ROBOT ASSEMBLY (3);
  15. VISION (3);
  16. LEGGED ROBOTS (2);
  17. MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS (2);
  18. TELEMANIPULATION (2);
  19. BEHAVIOURAL LEARNING (1);
  20. INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS (1);
  21. INVERSE KINEMATICS (1);
  22. PARALLEL MANIPULATORS (1);
  23. NONHOLONOMIC SYSTEMS (1);
  24. ROBOT PROGRAMMING (1);
  25. VIRTUAL REALITY (1).

bact to top

 
 
Copyright © 2000, DEIS - University of Bologna. All rights reserved.
Send an e-mail to the WebMaster