Visit 12: Automation, Robotics and Computer Vision
The University of Luxembourg and its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conduct research activities that are interesting and relevant for manufacturing industry. Discover the innovations and high-level skills of their research teams in the fields of automation, robotics, laser joining, computer vision, image processing and signal processing.
The SnT’s Automation and Robotics Lab specialises in automatic control solutions including modelling, sensor processing and fusion, design of closed-loop feedback control and SCADA solutions, with a main focus on the control of mobile robots and on networked control systems. Its knowledge in mobile robot control could be used for applications in the fields of ground based robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), space robotics and autonomous vehicles / autonomous driving. Its knowledge in networked control systems can be applied in the fields of security and safety in networked control, networked control in energy systems and biomedical applications. The laboratory will present its latest research projects and demonstrate control applications in mobile robotics, autonomous driving and energy systems.
The Manufacturing Engineering research team conducts research in the fields of robotics for assembly operations and laser joining of dissimilar materials and lean manufacturing. Its robotics research projects support the vision of versatile, automated assembly plants. To enable the migration towards robotic automation, it investigates the human-robot cooperation assembly operations and generates the required knowledge about changing work environments with a special 3D camera in order to redirect the robot dynamically. The team’s laser joining activities aim to contribute to increasing manufacturing competitiveness by investigating innovative assembly technologies and processes. For laser welding of dissimilar materials, the team investigates joining material combinations that are considered being non-weldable, or at least very difficult to bond thermally, such as polymers and aluminium or steel and aluminium. The Manufacturing Engineering research team cooperates both with national and international companies, such as Goodyear, Delphi, IEE, Euro Composites, Fanuc, Wieland, General Motors and Opel (Lean Manufacturing Laboratory)
The SnT Computer Vision Lab focuses on computer vision, image processing and signal processing. The visit will showcase cost-effective depth sensors and systems. Multimedia devices are just starting to be equipped with such 3D imaging sensors, which are able to capture a more complete 3D geometric description of a scene that is close to how humans perceive the world. The major challenge of such sensors is the difficulty to capture information about a scene robustly, especially in dynamic settings where the sensor, the scene, or both, are in free motion. The Computer Vision Lab’s innovation consists in new fusion algorithms that allow to sense freely moving objects in 3D while enhancing the sensing quality. The algorithm could be interesting for the fields of surveillance, multimedia, automotive, health care and cultural heritage, among others.