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Selection of Ongoing Projects at The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute:


FlexDraper - an intelligent robot vision system for draping fibre plies (Danish Innovation fund; 2016-2019) is an academic-industrial collaboration that will pave the way for the development of a novel type of automation where layup of fiber plies and the resulting form creation is carried out by a robotic system. Project coordinator is University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark's Technical University (DTU), Therma Aerostructures A/S and Robotool A/S. The total budget amounts to 17.2 million DKK. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk
FlexDraper

ReconCell (EU Horizon2020; 2015-2018) - nine partners from Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Lithuanua and Austria will enable the application of autonomous robots for small batch size production, also called ‘few-of-a-kind production’, through the development of a reconfigurable robot work cell for a fast set-up of automated assembly processes in SMEs. The project applies the positive results of a previous EU project, IntellAct, which was coordinated by The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. For further information, please contact associate professor Thiusius R. Savarimuthu, trs@mmmi.sdu.dk
ReconCell

MADE - Platform for future production (Danish Council for Strategic Research and Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; 2014-2018) is an academic-industrial collaboration that will pave the way for the development of new, efficient and enhanced types of manufacturing that will strengthen the manufacturing industry in Denmark and increase its competitiveness. Project coordinator is the Confederation of Danish Industry. Partners of the project are Aalborg University, Denmark's Technical University, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen Business School, Aarhus University, Danish Technological Institute, FORCE Technology, and a number of manufacturing companies. The total budget amounts to 183.5 million DKK. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk
MADE

Centre for BioRobotics (supported financially by FORSK2020; 2014-2018) investigates engineering opportunities in Nature and exploit them using robotic technologies. The project is co-ordinated by The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute in collaboration with Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. For further information, please contact professor John Hallam, john@mmmi.sdu.dk
Chiroping

Multimodal Sensing in the Natural Environment (supported financially by Human Frontier Science Program, USA; 2013-2016) focuses on how animals process, represent and use multimodal sensory information from the natural environment, including various bat species. In addition to The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute and Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, the following partners participate in the project: University of Maryland (USA), Smithsonian Tropical Research (Panama), Tel-Aviv University (Israel). For further infomation, please contact professor John Hallam, john@mmmi.sdu.dk
Bat

EMoCrane (supported financially by EUDP; 2013-2016) aims at developing and testing an energy-efficient, modular and battery-driven electro-hydraulic unit to power mobile cranes. Shifting from diesel to electricity will reduce CO2-emission as well as particle and noice pollution. The innovative “plug-and-play” technology addresses a market where no efficient, reliable and robust battery-driven solutions are available today. The project is being developed together with the companies Banke ApS and Danfoss Power Solutions. The project has also been supported financially by Development Council Southern Denmark as part of the eMOTION project (Interreg IVa) and the Lean Energy Cluster project. For further information, please contact assoicate professor Morten Nymand, mny@mmmi.sdu.dk
EMoCrane

ACAT (supported by EU FP7; 2013-2016) focuses on how artificial systems (robots) understand and utilize information made for humans. The project is coordinated by Institute for Physics III, Georg August University Göttingen (Germany). Additional partners to the project include The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, Aalborg University (Denmark), Vytauto Didziojo University (Lithuania), Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia) and University of Bremen (Germany). For further information, please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk
acat

CARMEN (supported by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; 2013-2017) focuses on new and advanced methods to virtually carrying out all phases of an robotics-based automation process. The project is coordinated by The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. Additional partners to the project include Department of Business and Economics (University of Southern Denmark), Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Aalborg University, Denmark),  Institute for Physics III, Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany), Danish Technological Institute, Denmark), KVM-CONHEAT A/S, VOLA A/S, Brunata A/S, SCAN A/S. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk or visit http://carmen.sdu.dk
carmen

PATIENT@HOME (supported by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; 2012-2018) focuses on developing technologies and services that can assist patients in increased self-reliance, self-treatment and self-care in their own homes. The project is coordinated by The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. Additional partners to the project include international universities as well as institutions and enterprises within the Danish health sector. The project is a SPIR (Strategic Platform for Innovation and Research) initiative within the field of intelligent social solutions and welfare technology. For further information, please visit www.patientathome.dk or contact professor Uffe Kock Wiil, ukw@mmmi.sdu.dk
patientathome

INTELLACT (supported by EU FP7; 2011-2014) addresses the problem of understanding and exploiting the meaning (semantics) of manipulations in terms of objects, actions and their consequences for reproducing human actions with machines. This is in particular required for the interaction between humans and robots in which the robot has to understand the human action and then to transfer it to its own embodiment. Project is supported by EU and partners to the project are: For further information please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk
IntellAct

UNIK (supported by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; 2010-2014) focuses on assisting patients suffering from chronic diseases in managing their illnesses. The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute coordinates the project. Additional partners to the project include 10 Danish and two foreign research institutions, a number of municipalities, regions, hospitals and private enterprises. For further information, please visit www.partnerskabetunik.dk or contact project manager Niels Jul Jacobsen, njj@mmmi.sdu.dk


TAILORCRETE (supported by EU FP7; 2009-2013) aims to develop and demonstrate a radically new concept in producing unique, tairlor-made concrete structures with complex geometries using an industrialised and cost-effective approach based on robots, ICT and advanced concrete technology. The innovative aspect will be to produce concrete formwork directly from the architects' CAD drawings. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk or visit www.tailorcrete.com

XPERIENCE (supported by EU FP72011-2015) aims at implementing a complete robot system for automating introspective, predictive, and interactive understanding of actions and dynamic situations based on structural bootstrapping. The project is being developed together with Karlsruher Institut Für Tehcnologie, Germany; Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany; University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Syddansk Universitet, Denmark; Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia; Universität Innsbruck, Austria; Fondazione Instituto Italiano di Technologia, Italy. For further information, please contact Professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk or visit  www.xperience.org 
Xperience


Concluded Projects:

ADAPTIVE ROBOTS FOR SMEs was developed in collaboration with ABB A/S, Siemens Technology Services A/S, Easyfood A/S, Dan Cake A/S. The project was coordinated by professor Henrik Hautop Lund.

AGROBOTS was developed in collaboration with RoboCluster and the (Agricultural) Research Centre Bygholm. For more information, please visit www.agrobots.dk

BIN-PICKER aimed to develop a competitive bin-picker-robot that is easy to integrate in a production-line environment, and which can also by itself determine which elements are to be placed exactly where. The project was supported financially by the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden) and in addition to University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Dansk Flydepresse Teknologi A/S, KUKA Nordic AB, Scape Technologies A/S and Danish Technological Institute participated in the project. Further information is available by contacting professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk

BODY GAMES was developed in collaboration with Danfoss Universe, KOMPAN A/S and The Danish University of Education. The project was coordinated by professor Henrik Hautop Lund.

CHIROPING was an EU-funded project carried out under the Seventh Framework Programme ICT Challenge 2: "Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics". The aim of this project was to investigate how four species of bats really use their sonar, and then imitate this accurately on a robotic base. The project was developed in collaboration with University of Antwerp, University of Edinburgh and University of Ulm. For further information, please contact professor John Hallam, john@mmmi.sdu.dk


CILIA was supported financially by the EU's IST-programme aiming at exploring the use of arrays of hairs in three sensing scenarios: in air, in water, and in a fluid-filled compartment coupled to air through impedance matching devices and beam-forming baffles. The project was developed in collaboration with e.g. Inst. Bio- and Nanosystems, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, and University of Reading, UK. For further information, please visit www.cilia-bionics.org/objectives or contact professor John Hallam, john@mmmi.sdu.dk

ECOSOC was a collaboration initiative between Sun Microsystems Inc. and The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, resulting in a Sun Center of Excellence. The general domain of expertise and innovation of EcoSoc was the development of software solutions for facilitating eco-social sustainable development within a broad range of application domains. For further information, please contact associate professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, bnj@mmmi.sdu.dk

DaMF (the Danish MicroFactory project) aimed at developing tiny production components with mechanical details measured in millimeters or even micrometers and requiring a flexible 3D-processing system. Partners to the project were Danish Technological Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Unisensor and Radiometer Medical. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk

DECIDE was supported by the Danish Research Council. Partners included Bang & Olufsen, LEGO, Odense Shipyard, Danish Technological Institute and RoboCluster. The project explored how tools and methods within the field of Multi-Agent Systems and Emulation (MAES) can contribute to the creation of tomorrow's flexible production cells. For further information, please contact associate professor Kasper Hallenborg, hallenborg@mmmi.sdu.dk

DRIVSCO was supported by the EU's IST-programme and performed in collaboration with partners from e.g. Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Italy and Belgium. The aim of the project was to devise, test and implement a strategy of how to combine adaptive learning mechanisms with conventional control, starting with a fully operational human-machine interfaced control system. For further information, please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk

ENERGY-VARIABLE CONTROL OF SUPPLEMENTARY LIGHTING IN GREENHOUSES aimed to reduce gardeners power consumption and simultaneously protect the environment. Researchers from The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute,University of Southern Denmark, and The Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus, participated in the project which was supported financially by “Energi Fyns Udviklingsfond”. For further information, please contact associate professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, bnj@mmmi.sdu.dk

HANDYMAN derived from a need for extremely flexible grasping robots facilitating an automatic, profitable and competivite manufacturing of small-batch items with affiliated complex handling processes. The project was supported financially by "Højteknologifonden" and developed in collaboration with AMROSE Robotics, Bila, Grundfos, RoboCluster, Scape Technologies and Danish Technological Institute. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk

HYBRIDGRIBEREN was supported financially by the Danish Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden) and aimed at developing a new robot gripper that has the same flexibility as a human hand. In addition to University of Southern Denmark, Danish Technological Institute, Eltronic A/S , Key Solutions A/S and Schunk Intec Danmark A/S participated in the project. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk

HYDRA was developed in collaboration with LEGO System A/S, University of Zurich and University of Edinburgh. The project was coordinated by professor Henrik Hautop Lund.

INTELLICARE aimed at using modern technology to show how to solve the universal problem of having a growing share of elderly, care-requiring people and a decreasing number of caring hands. The project was supported financially by Danish Advanced Technology Foundation (Højteknologifonden) and the partners were (amongst others) OK Fonden, The Danish Rehabilitation Group, OBH Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S, Municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, Department of Marketing and Management (University of Southern Denmark), Danish Technological Institute, Danish Centre for Assistive Technology. For further information, please contact associate professor Kasper Hallenborg, hallenborg@mmmi.sdu.dk

INTELLIGENT ENERGY-HANDLING IN GREENHOUSES aimed to extend the climate control platform developed in the PREDICT project combining heat extraction with dynamic climate control. The goal was to develop software which efficiently supports the extraction of heat from hot air in greenhouses during the summer, store it in the ground water, and then reuse it during the winter. The project was developed in collaboration with AgroTech A/S, Aarhus University, Udviklingsforum Odense, Senmatic A/S, Advansor A/S, Grundfos A/S, Enopsol A/S, Gartneriet Rose Danica and Danfoss IXA Sensor Technologies. For further information, please contact associate professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, bnj@mmmi.sdu.dk 

INTELLIGENT PRICE-ELASTIC SUPPLEMENTARY LIGHT CONTROL aimed to develop a software system for cost-efficient use of high pressure sodium lamps as supplementary lighting in greenhouses. The project complemented the work of another project ENERGY-VARIABLE CONTROL OF SUPPLEMENTARY LIGHTING IN GREENHOUSES. The project was financed by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and deveopled in collaboration with Aarhus University, PKM A/S, Knud Jepsen A/S, Rosa Danica A/S, Martin Hansen A/S and Alfred Petersen & Søn. For further information, please contact associate professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, bnj@mmmi.sdu.dk

INTELLIGENT ROBOTS was supported financially by EU's Interreg 4A Programme. The aim of the project was to use the expertise of the border regions of Germany and Denmark to develop intelligent robots within the foods industry. Besides Region Southern Denmark, Kreis Schleswig-Flensburg, Kreis Nordfriesland, Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde, Landeshauptstadt Kiel, Stadt Flensburg and Stadt Neumünster participated in the project. For further information, please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk

LEARNBIP (EU FP7; 2011-2012) had two main aims: The first was s to utilize the huge amount of data generated in industrial bin-picking for the introduction of grasp learning, the second was to evaluate the potential of the SCHUNK dexterous hand SDH-2 for its application in industrial bin-picking. The project ws carried out in collaboration with University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria, and Scape Technologies A/S Odense, Denmark. For further information, please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk

LOCOMORPH (supported by EU FP7; 2009-2013) aimed at pushing forward the state of the art of locomotion and movements of robots in unknown environments. The project involved such research areas as biology, biomechanics, neuroscience and robotics and was carried out in collaboration with Universität Zürich (Co-ordinator), Svitzerland, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena, Germany, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Svitzerland, Universität Antwerpen, Belgium, and Ryerson University, Canada. For further information, please contact associate professor Kasper Støy, kstj@itu.dk

MORPHING PRODUCTION LINES was supported financially by the Danish Research Council. The project investigated the concept of morphing production lines (MPL) that automatically can change their shape to adapt to the task at hand to achieve a production line that is both flexible and fast. For further information, please contact associate professor Kasper Støy, kaspers@mmmi.sdu.dk, and associate professor Ulrik Pagh Schultz, ups@mmmi.sdu.dk

MOVEBOTS was developed in collaboration with e.g. AMROSE Robotics, BILA, Grundfos, RoboCluster, Scape Technologies and the Danish Technological Institute. The project that was supported by the Danish Research Council explored robots' intelligent handling of physical items in interaction with human beings and surroundings. For further information, please contact assistant professor Lars-Peter Ellekilde, lpe@mmmi.sdu.dk

PACO-PLUS aimed at designing cognitive robots capable of developing perceptual, behavioural and cognitive categories in a measurable way and of communicating and sharing these with humans and other artificial agents. For further information, please  contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk


PLAYWARE was developed in collaboration with The Danish University of Education, KOMPAN, Tricon Electronics and WirTek. The project that was supported financially by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation explored the playground facilities of tomorrow as well as new exercising opportunities for children and youngsters. The project was coordinated by professor Henrik Hautop Lund.

ODIN investigated the use of flexible connectors in the context of modular robots. Flexible connectors allow a modular robot to deform and adapt to an environment while maintaining a lattice structure. The project was supported financially by Intel Corporation. For further information, please contact associate professor Kasper Støy, kaspers@mmmi.sdu.dk

PRYDPLANTER (POT PLANTS) was developed in collaboration with  the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark, Research Centre Aarslev and DEG Green Team. The aim of the project was to improve the quality of pot plants using methods that are practically applicable. The project duration was four years. For further information, please contact associate professor Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, bnj@mmmi.sdu.dk

ROBWORKMILL (2011-2013) was based on a novel method for automating robotic milling where the usability of all degrees of freedom of the robot is fully exploited. The project was financially supported by EU's Proof of Concept-programme via the Danish Science and Innovation Agency, and KUKA Nordic AB, who made its KUKA KR120 robot available for the project. For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk

SCAPE (Smart Classifier And Pose Estimator) was developed in collaboration with  Grundfos A/S, Thoustrup & Overgaard, and Stelectric A/S. For more information, please visit www.scapetechnologies.com

SENSEBOT (2010-2013) was supported financially by Syddansk Vækstforum and Region Syddanmark. The aim of the project was to develop a robot that can understand and interpret facial expressions linked to certain feelings. Partners of the project were University of Southern Denmark, Danish Technological Institute, Trivision, FORCE and Odens University Hospital. For further information, please contact professor Norbert Krüger, norbert@mmmi.sdu.dk

UNIKKE BETONELEMENTER (UNIQE CONCRETE ELEMENTS) was developed in collaboration with The Maersk Institute's Robotics Group, Giben Scandinavia and the Danish Technological Institute. The aim of the project was to explore the possibility of fabricating uniqe concrete elements in tortous shapes at competitive prices.  For further information, please contact professor Henrik Gordon Petersen, hgp@mmmi.sdu.dk 

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