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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

8 Million Euro for a Robot Hand

A research consortium including nine partners from six EU countries - France, UK, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Germany - has started the four year research project HANDLE coordinated by the university Pierre and Marie Curie of Paris. With a budget of 8 million Euro the researchers will try to understand how humans perform the manipulation of objects in order to replicate grasping and skilled in-hand movements with an anthropomorphic artificial hand, and thereby move robot grippers from current best practice towards more autonomous, natural and effective articulated hands. The project implies not only focusing on technological developments but also working with fundamental multidisciplinary research aspects in order to endow the robotic hand system with advanced perception capabilities, high level feedback control and elements of intelligence that allow recognition of objects and context, reasoning about actions and a high degree of recovery from failure during the execution of dexterous tasks.

This collaborative project is funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme FP7, as part of theme 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics, under grant agreement 231640 with 6.35 million Euro.

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