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2012-02-03 Italy: Construction of Relational Android Prototype for Use in Risk Conditions (aerospace, mining, underwater), Discomfort (ecological, health, weather) and Contamination (chemical, nuclear, bacteriological)


Construction of Relational Android Prototype for Use in Risk Conditions (aerospace, mining, underwater), Discomfort (ecological, health, weather) and Contamination (chemical, nuclear, bacteriological)

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

 

 
PS ID: PS-IT-103246
Status: Open
Date of last Modification: 15/12/2017
Date of Publication: 15/12/2017
Evaluation Scheme: multiple cut-off
Closure Date: 13 May 2020

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Proposal Outline: 

One of the first creative acts of humanity must be placed in the sphere of language, in the formulation of a vocal sound, under the pressure of a strong emotional stress, to represent a situation of great danger due to the appearance of a particular feared predator.

If the ability to build the first rudimentary tools has allowed the development of the first cases of mental abstraction, with the foreshadowing of the already finished tool within the rough stone, coin a term voice and associating a particular thing or situation meant the go beyond just planning to arrive at the symbolic representation.

Conceive a "word", which effectively imposes once and forever a certain name to a certain thing, it is the step that marks the transition from the instinctive life and spontaneous to controlled and reflective life, passage that it was possible to achieve thanks to the component "emotional" of the human mind, which has enabled it to overcome their limitations and make a creative act for himself and for others, aimed at overcoming a particular restriction, distress or negative situation.

If you want then to overcome the two-dimensional paradigm that animates modern robotics (electronic intelligence - mechanical mobility) is necessary to arrive at a third dimension that we will define "emotional simulation", because it is thanks to it that the automaton can achieve degrees of increasing autonomy, borrowing the mental processes of learning under great emotional stress thanks to a special electro-chemical processor, which coordinates the sense artificial organs and is able to firmwarize a wide range of event-type in a ranking ranging from "strongly dissuasive" to "highly persuasive", the automaton to provide the tools to decide what action to take following the recognition of the above events, or the like, and to acquire an experiential baggage that will be useful in learning hereinafter.

 

Paradigm of operation of AndRe1.0 (Androide Relazionale 1.0):

The paradigm of operation of AndRe1.0 is based on three separate components interconnected with one another, each with its own specific applicative aspect, which are the following:
• Component Chemical: relational aspect;
• Component Mechanical aspect of mobility;
• Electronic Component: cognitive aspect.

 

Chemical component:

The chemical component, which interacts with the electronic component and with the mechanical one, is based on the encoding of a wide range of event-type in a ranking that goes from "strongly deterrent" to "strongly persuasive", passing the resulting intermediate grades, encoding performed by electro-chemical computer that coordinates the three optical sensors, acoustic and olfactory and shall historicize such correspondence in the electronic component, to give rise to the various chains of knowledge.

Mechanical component:

The mechanical component, which interacts with the chemical component and the mechanical part, is borrowed from its anatomical and physiological aspects of the human body, and is made of aluminum alloys, which ensure agility, strength and lightness.

Electronic component:

The electronic component, which interacts with the chemical component and the mechanical part, is constituted by a multiprocessor hardware platform and a software platform, designed for the management of competitive events (technology multi-object-oriented) and for the complete intercommunication with sources or external receivers (multi-technology devices web-based).

 

Focal points and innovative factor of the project:

Intelligent video analysis:

Through sophisticated algorithms of image analysis, AndRe1.0 is able to detect potentially hazardous situations or abnormal, as well as situations gradual restoration of normality, and to notify the control unit to command and control of the optical sensor, where they are compared with similar cases cataloged in the electronic memory, in order to take the action deemed most appropriate.

 

Detection of acoustic waves and their interpretation:

The acoustic sensor of AndRe1.0 is able to detect sounds, infrasounds and ultrasounds, distinguishing between them which are categorized as sounds, noises, or voice commands, and notify them to the control unit to command and control of the acoustic sensor, which provides to interpret, with the aid of the electronic memory, and to activate the appropriate motor procedures.

 

Recognition olfactory pests:

AndRe1.0 is able to detect the presence of harmful agents or lethal gas and notify them to the control unit to command and control of the olfactory sensor, where these agents are classified according to their degree of danger and the information about the specific molecules are cataloged in the electronic memory, as well as activate appropriate remediation.

 

Innovative factor:

The stated relational ability to AndRe1.0 is realized by a firmware emotional simulation that creates a phenomenological approach to the study of the environment detected by his sense of artificial organs, approach that allows him to seize the organoleptic characteristics, the architectural features and even the lexicon-sound property, the latter understood as main information connected to each word, which place such an environment in interrelation with the human race.

Through sophisticated algorithms contextualization, he associate sounds, images and environmental chemical-physical processes, AndRe1.0 perceptual simulations of pleasure, satisfaction, pleasure, indifference, distress, discomfort and repulsion, with greater or lesser intensity depending on the impact of the above environmental agents.

Through a filter elaborative sociocultural that allows him to grasp the genius loci, AndRe1.0 summarizes the environmental experiences, resulting in a specific chain of knowledge that will be beneficial to acquire increasing degrees of autonomy.

 

Actuators of the project:

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche dell’Università Federico II di Napoli

Fastweb S.p.A.

NA.EL. S.r.l.

3A  Audit Advise Advance  S.r.l.s.

 

Technical plan of implementation of the prototype:

For the implementation, testing and tuning of the prototype is expected period of thirtysix (36) months, from June 2018 to May 2021.

The following is the outline of the various stages of the project, with the timing for its implementation:

 

Executive project:

- Chemical component

from June 2018

to October 2018

- Mechanical component

from June 2018

to October 2018

- Electronic component

from June 2018

to October 2018

- Release of the final design

from November 2018

to January 2019

 

Realization chemical component:

- Control unit to command and control of the optical sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Control unit to command and control of the acoustic sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Control unit to command and control of the  olfactory sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Realization computer electro-chemical

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Assembly chemical component

from August 2019

to October 2019

 

Realization mechanical component:

- Optical sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Acoustic sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Olfactory sensor

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Central body humanoid

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Joints prehensile

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Motor joints

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Assembling mechanical component

from August 2019

to October 2019

 

Realization electronic component:

- Hardware platform

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Software Platform

from February 2019

to July 2019

- Assembling electronic component

from August 2019

to October 2019

 

Assembly of the prototype:

- Wiring components chemical, mechanical and electronic

from November 2019

to January 2020

 

Testing of the prototype:

- Evidence of synergy optical - mechanical

from February 2020

to May 2020

- Evidence of synergy acoustic - mechanical

from February 2020

to May 2020

- Evidence of synergy olfactory - mechanical

from February 2020

to May 2020

- Evidence of self-study of the prototype

from June 2020

to September 2020

 

Tuning a prototype:

- Stress-tests and measurement of the operation / malfunction

from October 2020

to December 2020

- Corrective structural design and functional

from January 2021

to May 2021

 

Financial plan of implementation of the prototype:

The planned spending for the construction, testing and development of the prototype is shown in the table "financial plan" that follows (expense in Euro):

Activities of Realization:

- A.1  Staff

        A.1.1 Chemical component (2u x € 40.000 x 3yy)

€ 240.000,00

        A.1.2 Mechanical component (2u x € 40.000 x 3yy)

€ 240.000,00

        A.1.3 Electronic component (2u x € 40.000 x 3yy)

€ 240.000,00

- A.2  Instrumentation and equipment

       A.2.1 Chemical component

€ 600.000,00

       A.2.2 Mechanical component

€ 600.000,00

       A.2.3 Electronic component

€ 400.000,00

- A3. Technical consulting services

€ 300.000,00

Total A. Activities of Realization€ 2.620.000,00

 

Activities of Testing

- B1  Staff (refer to the point A.1)

- B2. Instrumentation and equipment

      B.2.1 Chemical component

€ 200.000,00

      B.2.2 Mechanical component

€ 200.000,00

      B.2.3 Electronic component

€ 100.000,00

- B3. Technical consulting services

€ 300.000,00

Total B. Activities of Testing: € 800.000,00

 

Activities of Tuning

- C1. Staff (refer to the point A.1)

- C2. Instrumentation and equipment

      C.2.1 Chemical component

€ 200.000,00

      C.2.2 Mechanical component

€ 200.000,00

      C.2.3 Electronic component

€ 100.000,00

- C3. Technical consulting services

€ 300.000,00

Total C. Activities of Tuning: € 800.000,00

 

GRAND TOTAL

€ 4.220.000,00.

 

 

 


PARTNER PROFILE SOUGHT
Required skills and Expertise: 

Expertise in one or more of the following: robotics, audiovisuals, virtual reality.

Description of work to be carried out by the partner(s) sought: 

The partner would be involved in carrying out research and development work to produce the robotics platform/systems for a First Aid robot working in a risk,discomfort and contamination environment.

Type of partner(s) sought: 

Companies, research istitutions, universities.

 

 

PROPOSER INFORMATION
Organisation:Azienda Sanitaria
Department:Informatico
Type of Organisation:
University
Country:
Italy