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INESC TEC participates in the Science and Technology Week with a visit to iiLab

INESC TEC participated in the Science and Technology Week of 2019, promoted at a national level by Ciência Viva, offering a visit to the Industry and Innovation Laboratory (iiLab) on 29 November. The event, which was targeted towards the general public and that was conducted by researchers Cláudia Rocha and Narciso Sobral, was attended by children and adults who showed enthusiasm and curiosity for the robotics area.

06th January 2020

INESC TEC participated in the Science and Technology Week of 2019, promoted at a national level by Ciência Viva, offering a visit to the Industry and Innovation Laboratory (iiLab) on 29 November. The event, which was targeted towards the general public and that was conducted by researchers Cláudia Rocha and Narciso Sobral, was attended by children and adults who showed enthusiasm and curiosity for the robotics area.

The activities developed at iiLab seek primarily to automate repetitive and non-ergonomic tasks for the user, ensuring their safety and efficiency through technologies focused on mobile robotics.

During the visit, several systems were presented that are focused on the transport and cargo handling. Therefore, the technologies exhibited included tug vessels that mobilise cargo with the help of a trolley, special mobile robots with different configurations in the way the material is transported, roller conveyors integrated with a mobile robot and the human-machine cooperative system. Mobile robots and robotic manipulators operate in different applications such as internal logistics, storage, material transport between different points in production lines or the automotive industry.

Among other matters, different areas of intervention of the laboratory were also addressed – agriculture and freight transport for outdoor –, the safety systems based on SICK laser sensors, the types of traction – differential, tricycle and omnidirectional – and their differentiating characteristics, the programming languages used in the front-end and back-end and the type of operation of mobile robots.

 

The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC.