European Commission's research programme of 1.2 B$ to support the manufacturing industry in the development of new and sustainable technologies. Research projects:
- Robots for Post Production
---Thermobot (http://thermobot.eu/) University of Padua (http://www.unipd.it/en/index.htm), aims to provide fully automated non-destructive testing in post production and in regular maintenance with the use of thermographic imaging.
--- MiRoR (http://www.miror.eu/) University of Nottingham (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/) aims to develop a fundamentally novel concept of a Miniaturised Robotic Machine (Mini-RoboMach) system for holistic in-situ repair and maintenance of large and/or intricate installations.
--- MAINBOT(http://www.mainbot.eu/) IK4-Tekniker (http://www.tekniker.es/), will take available wheeled mobile platforms and climbing robots for maintenance activities in large plants, adapting them to fulfil the industrial objectives of autonomous navigation, mobile manipulation and sensor fusion.
--- CableBOT (http://www.cablebot.eu/en/) Tecnalia (http://www.tecnalia.com/en), aims to develop a new generation of modular and reconfigurable robotic devices that are capable of performing many different steps in the life-cycle stages of large-scale structures.