Partnering opportunity

Robotics control system for a dynamic robotic arm able to perform tasks in unstructured environments

Summary

A UK company has developed an innovative methodology for robotics control systems that allows for a robotic arm to move objects beyond a limited pre-programmed set of movements. The approach could be applied to virtually any sort of real-world robotic system, in dynamic environments, including robot arms, humanoid robots and autonomous vehicles. They are seeking companies working with automation to adopt the system via commercial agreement with technical assistance.

Partner sought

Type: Industry Activity of Partner: Manufacturing or automation; Robotics Specific role of partner sought: Implement the robotics control system with the support of the UK company to enable a more flexible automation system

Description

Traditional robots, such as those in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) challenge, are slow, clumsy and very complicated. They are based upon the erroneous approach of modelling the external world and predicting required behaviour in order for the robot to accurately engage with their environment. This UK company has developed an innovative approach to robotic control systems based upon the core control principles of biological living systems, that behaviour is about acting in order to perceive the world as users want it, not about reacting to stimuli or predicting appropriate outputs. The result is a robotics architecture that is simple and computationally-lightweight with the ability to develop robots that are dynamic, adaptive and, potentially, psychologically advanced. They are seeking factories or companies working with automation, such as robotic arms, in sectors including but not limited to the automobile industry, industrial manufacturing, medical robots and so on. The software platform would be used to configure and implement a dynamic and adaptive hierarchical control system solution. They are seeking companies that could utilise the potential of a robot that is able to, for example, recognise and pick up a ball that is thrown to them at random, rather than just performing a repetitive task reliant on pre-established programming. The UK company would like to form a commercial agreement with technical assistance to install the software and provide ongoing service support and upgrades.

Advantages and innovations

* Adaptability and flexibility - robotic arms would be able to perform a range of different tasks without pre-programming * Mobility - robots could be moved to different factory locations without being reliant on an immovable and unchanging environment and set of procedures. * Fast - the system is quick to install

Development stage

Available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Granted patent or patent application essential


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