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Robotics technology has evolved significantly during the last 10 years, moving robots into the workplace and home. The specific challenge here is to increase the system ability levels in terms of configurability, adaptability, motion, manipulation, decisional autonomy, dependability, interaction, perception and cognitive ability. Such system abilities provide a basis for setting performance metrics and for specifying desired levels of system performance. Reaching higher ability levels than currently available allows to advance the state of the art and to set future targets for robotic systems Multiple-actor systems are composed of many actors who are able to operate independently but together can perform system functions. These actors may be autonomous entities, people, or static systems, including embedded sensor networks and cloud services, working together in the operational environment. The challenge is to develop complete, robust systems through the interaction of these many actors to carry out the system function in conditions of uncertainty and environmental variability.
The aim of this topic is to pursue research and development (R&D) activities between European and Russian research institutions to promote a strong cooperative interactions, based on KET – Key enabling technologies (ICT, advanced manufacturing technologies, etc.) and to address generic advances and technical capabilities in robotics. Step changes are sought through either a multiplicative improvement in technical capability, for example achieving a difference in order of magnitude in the number of everyday objects a robot can recognise or handle, or a categorical advance, for example moving from rigid to intuitive human-robot interfaces.
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