AI News, Agreement with The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) for Technologies for Autonomous Robots

Agreement with The Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) for Technologies for Autonomous Robots

(NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) announced that it signed an agreement with IIT, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) for the creation of a new joint lab in Genoa, Italy – Moog@IIT – focusing on the development and application of next-generation actuation and control technologies for autonomous robots.

Key research activities of the joint lab will include the development of next-generation, optimized actuation solutions as well as compact power generation and management systems for emerging robotics applications.

Future generations of legged robots are expected to assist human operators in dangerous and dirty applications like disaster response, remote handling of dangerous goods, as well as maintenance, inspection and load carrying tasks.

 Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment.

Today the scientific staff consists of about 60 principal investigators, about 110 researchers and technical staff, about 350 post doc, about 500 doctoral students and fellows, and about 130 technicians.

In 2015, IIT has received public funding for approximately 96 million euro, obtaining external funds for 22 million euro from 18 European projects, 17 loans from national and international institutions, and about 60 industrial projects.

In its first nine years of activity, the Institute can already count 11 ERC (Consolidator Grants - among the most prestigious competitive funding for research in Europe) awarded by the European Research Council, won by scientists of high profile for the realization of cutting-edge scientific projects.

Moog and Italian Institute of Technology to Develop Robot Actuation and Control Technologies

has signed an agreement with IIT, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) for the creation of a new joint lab in Genoa, Italy – [email protected] – focusing on the development and application of next-generation actuation and control technologies for autonomous robots.

Key research activities of the joint lab will include the development of next-generation, optimized actuation solutions as well as compact power generation and management systems for emerging robotics applications.

The second version, HyQ2Max, will be turned into a rugged test platform that is ready for experiments outside the laboratory, for example on disaster sites, forests and construction sites.

Future generations of legged robots are expected to assist human operators in dangerous and dirty applications like disaster response, remote handling of dangerous goods, as well as maintenance, inspection and load carrying tasks.

Modular Electric Power Systems for Next Generation Power Management

I was the technical lead for the Boeing 787 and A350 primary actuation projects, served as Chief Engineer for hydraulics and primary actuation, and now Principal Engineer for the past two years.

was introduced to MEPS™ technology during a demonstration organized by Greg Semrau where MEPS™ was used as the power source for a high power electro-hydrostatic driven thrust vector control actuator demonstration.

Over this same time period Moog has been perusing the development of technologies and business models related to emerging mobile autonomous and robotic systems and their application.

Similar to highly dynamic systems such as thrust vector control actuation systems MEPS™ was developed for, walking robotics applications can require widely varying power demand profiles.

There are typically periods of high velocity / low load when a leg is in the swing portion of the walking gait, high loads / low velocity upon initial contact, and intermediate loads at medium velocities during the driving portion of the walking gait.

Also similar to flying applications, the power source must be carried on board for autonomous applications, where high power density is an essential attribute for a successful power source.

The lithium batteries can be sized for the overall Robot Management System (RMS) power demand, and then the capacitors supplement the battery cells during the high peak load periods.

We expect that what we learn in using MEPS™ for this application will be applicable to other applications such as more electric flight controls and distributed power management.

Dynamic Legged Systems

determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IITè una fondazione da inquadrare fra gliorganismi di diritto pubblicocon la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza diassicurare procedure più snelle nella selezionenon solo nell’ambito nazionaledei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori”.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevutofinanziamenti pubbliciper circa96 milioni di euro(80% del budget), conseguendofondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro(20% budget) provenienti da18 progetti europei,17 finanziamentida istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa60 progetti industriali La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa6990 pubblicazioni, oltre130 finanziamenti Europeie11 ERC, più di350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre12 start up costituitee altrettante in fase di lancio.

Moog’s Miniature Servo Valves Control the New Quadruped Robot of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

“The project, started in 2007, represents an important innovation in the field of bio-inspired robotics and has the ambitious goal of creating a highly versatile Robot, capable of moving around on its four legs with agility, even over rough terrains, overcoming the obvious limitations of tracked robots being used up to now,” explains Claudio Semini, project leader engineer of the Advanced Robotics Department of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

“For this reason we chose the hydraulic solution for HyQ over the electric one, as it guarantees us higher performance and power, strength and improved control of the legs.” The design of the “actively compliant” legs was a key element in the development of HyQbecause the miniature valve allowed for the rapid modification of the hydraulic flow to the moving parts, enabling modulation of the rigidity/elasticity of the limbs and absorbing the shock of impact when the legs hit the ground thereby preventing damage to the central body.

Daniele Masciocchi, sales manager of Moog Italia commented:“Our ongoing cooperation with the Research Team of the IIT for the development of the Quadruped Robot, represents an important best practice, as an indication of Moog’s ability to create specific and highly innovative motion control solutions, such as miniaturized systems and components used in various types of industries from robots to Formula 1.” Claudio Semini, project leader engineer of the Advanced Robotics department of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia says: “We are very proud of the enormous progress we have made, but our work is not finished yet.