LOCOBOT proposes a toolkit for building customized low cost robot co-workers for a broad spectrum of scenarios. The system approach envisaged keeps the human worker in the loop. Thus, deployed LOCOBOT systems in the shop floor featuring a compelling user centered design. An overview of the framework for the LOCOBOT toolkit is provided in the figure below. The goal of LOCOBOT is to provide safe, tailor made low cost systems which are socially accepted by the worker and enable greener, more customized and high quality products.

The whole project is organised around three demonstrators (WP7) which will be set up at Audi. The overall system design and key specifications have already been defined and agreed, but will have to be further refined in WP1. These detailed specifications will be the basis for further research in the
key tasks of the project:

  • Developing Plug&Produce modular robotic platform (WP2)
  • Adaptive control, reconfiguration and validation (WP3)
  • Enhancing Plug&Produce modules with sensing and actuating capabilities (WP4)

On a temporal scale the project will start with a specification of requirements that further details the already defined goals (months 1-12). This initial phase will also be used to setting up the use cases of the final systems, gaining knowledge about requirements regarding technical components, usability, safety and social acceptance. An initial design set up of the entire framework will conclude the first stage of the project.

The second stage of the project (month 1-30) will include the main RTD activities. Until about month 30 the 3 main topics will be developed independently (but based on the interfaces that have been agreed).