This Thursday, June 18, several AERIAL-CORE partners participated in the workshop organized by the University of Seville, focused on work packages WP5 (arms an end effectors for aerial manipulation) and WP6 (cognitive safe and accurate aerial manipulation). Around forty persons attended to this virtual meeting, including University of Seville, University of Southern Denmark, University of Zagreb, CREATE, Vertical Engineering Solutions, FADA-CATEC, Terabee, University of Twente, EPFL, and FCIRCE.
The workshop started with a live demonstration of the devices to be installed on the power lines: the helical and clip-type bird flight diverters, separators, anti-vibrators, and a recharging station. You can see below a picture of the testbed built at the University of Seville for the demo with the material provided by ENDESA. The partners proposed new ideas to perform the installation of these devices with the aerial robotic manipulators to be developed as part of the AERIAL-CORE project.
SDU showed three new prototypes of recharging devices, starting later a very interesting conversation about the work on power lines with the intervention of several partners. Following with the agenda, the University of Zagreb lead the slot devoted to the design of tools and end effectors, linking then with the design of manipulators presented by CREATE. After the coffee break, FADA-CATEC introduced some perching mechanisms to be incorporated in the aerial platforms. USE presented the new dual arm system (model A1) and some insights in the perception and planning functionalities.
At the end of the meeting, Professor Anibal Ollero, coordinator of the project, promoted the collaboration between partners through joint publications and the organization of new activities that will take place in next weeks.