The ARM Institute launches a call for technological projects
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The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has launched its call for technological projects. ARM Institute Calls are an opportunity for projects that help bridge the gap between pushing technology and pulling the robotics industry’s need for funding.
The ARM Institute seeks submissions that meet the specific needs of the manufacturing industry and the Department of Defense (DoD).
For this call for projects, teams can request up to $1 million per project, with a minimum cost-sharing of 1:1 required for all submissions. ARM’s overall budget for the project will be approximately $10 million.
The thematic areas of the call for projects have been expanded to include an increased focus on artificial intelligence (AI) for robotic manufacturing systems.
The latest ARM Institute call for projects also proposes a new two-step process. The first step in the process will be to submit a Concept Paper. During the second phase, the teams behind the selected concept papers will be invited to present their project to the Institute’s panel of examiners.
In addition to new thematic areas, the ARM Institute call for projects includes a number of new special thematic areas, including:
- Adaptive real-time trajectory planning and control: A solution that allows an advanced manufacturing robotic system to adjust a path or trajectory to variations that may occur in the system or process.
- Prediction of human action and intention: A project that involves robots effectively assisting humans to avoid mistakes and mistakes.
- Robotic learning: Models or methods that allow robots to learn a manufacturing task from another robot or a human.
- Recognition and rating of features and releases: A system that gives robots contextual knowledge of a manufacturing task, component, process, or other activity within a facility. This system should allow robots to anticipate the next step in the process.
- Virtual commissioning of advanced robotic systems: Systems that reduce the risk of commissioning new robotic manufacturing systems and accelerate the deployment of automation. These systems should avoid the need for testing at the time of installation, when system faults can be expensive to fix.
- AI and Data for Advanced Manufacturing Robotic Systems: Benchmarks, test methods and metrics for evaluating the performance of manufacturing robotic systems that leverage AI algorithms and associated data.
- Motion planning and multi-agent tasks for discrete and continuous manufacturing processes: Motion planning which involves real-time robotic knowledge of other robots and agents, provides cooperative movement and task and error recovery of one or more agents in a multi-agent environment.
- Virtual masking for advanced coating applications: A project that eliminates or drastically reduces the need for a labor-intensive advanced coating process in aerospace and on ground vehicles.
To submit a Concept Paper, your organization must be a member of WARC. Concept paper submissions will close on August 12, 2022.
The ARM Institute announced eight new robotics technology projects in February 2022. At the time, it planned to award nearly $4 million in funding for all of the projects. Selected projects address the issues deemed most urgent and important by the DoD and the commercial community.