Grants and Projects
in charge of FORTH research activities
related to EU project BIOLOCH.
Co-investigator of the research projects TOURBOT,
ODIGOS (DRIVER/GUIDE) and WebFAIR of FORTH.
In charge of the R&D activities
pertaining to the sensor-based navigation capabilities
Participant in the TMR research network VIRGO
and the Greek GGET research network KTISIVIOS.
EU IST Project
(BIOmimetic structures for LOComotion in the Human body):
The objective of the BIOLOCH project is to understand
motion and perception systems of lower animal forms and
to design and fabricate mini- and micro-machines
inspired by such biological systems.
The long term goal of the project is to develop
an entirely new generation of autonomous
smart machines able to interact with the environment
in a life-like way and with performance comparable to those
of the animals by which they are inspired.
These bio-inspired machines may lead
to many useful applications in various fields
related to the "inspection" problem: for example in medicine
and, in particular, in microendoscopy.
The bio-like machines will be not only designed,
but also fabricated, according to a biomimetic approach
which merges sensing and actuation capabilities,
by exploiting hybrid manufacturing techniques,
high integration of active materials and sensors,
and embedded low level control.
The project WebFAIR (Web Access to Commercial Fairs through Mobile Agents)
addresses the marketing and promotion requirements
of large commercial exhibitions
by providing broad access to information, services and
commodities exhibited at the event.
Essentially, WebFAIR aims at providing the means
to remote corporate and private users for
active and personalised workplace exploration and
information visualisation for commercial purposes.
The goal of the project is the development and validation
of an interactive tele-presence
system based on mobile robotic systems, able to provide
individual access to large
exhibitions and commercial trade-fairs over the World-Wide Web.
The user observes through the
"eyes" (cameras) of the robot and hears though its "ears" (microphones).
Through a Web-interface, users all over the world
will be able to tele-control the robotic avatar and specify
exhibits, or interesting places that they may wish to visit.
The project TOURBOT (Interactive Museum Telepresence through
is a collaborative project between several European academic and
research institutions, companies and museums.
Its goal is the development of a robotic tour-guide for museum
visitors, which can also be controlled from remote users
and transmit information to them, through the Internet,
about the museum exhibits.
The robot then acts as the remote user's avatar,
i.e. its remote representative in the museum environment.
The project is funded through the European Union IST program
(Total budget: 1,700,000 Euro, FORTH budget: 750,000 Euro).
Project ODIGOS (DRIVER/GUIDE):
The goal of the project ODIGOS
is the development of a robotic wheelchair
for people with special needs,
which will have some autonomous navigation capabilities
that will make driving it easier for its users.
The project is funded through
the program Persons-with-Special-Needs (AMEA)
of the Greek Ministry of Development
(FORTH budget: 100,000 Euro).
For MPEG movies of the robotic wheelchair's person-following
VIRGO Research Network:
VIRGO is a research network
on "Vision-based Robot Navigation",
linking several European research institutions
It is funded through the European Union's
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Last update: June 20, 2000.