Unmanned and Robotics

As the world becomes ever more interconnected, Autonomous Intelligent Systems (AIS) will play an increasingly influential role in everyday life. AIS covers a broad range of products and technologies such as drones, robots, autonomous vehicles, actuation through the Internet of Things, tele-operated devices as well as devices using artificial intelligence.

In general terms, devices capable of collecting and analysing data to make a decision on how to operate come under the umbrella of AIS. In particular, this research area will:

  • Study, research and demonstrate swarming drone operations
  • Examine diverse manned/unmanned teaming and interoperability operations across different operational scenarios such as autonomous guidance logics, decision-making autonomy, interoperability, and autonomous health and usage monitoring
  • Create an AI-driven multi-collaborative robotic framework that enables two or more mobile manipulators (modules) to effectively collaborate and cope with the advanced dexterity and flexibility requirements of different situations/environments, while reducing equipment idle times and associated costs
  • Create a shared-intelligence tele-operation technology, merging human decision-making with a robot’s dexterous/powerful manipulation and locomotion capacity to perform highly challenging and skill-demanding remote interaction tasks
  • Develop a new concept of modular and dependable robotics, reusing hardware to perform multiple functions in the field of AIS for space and extreme land environments. This programme will rely on the world-leading Centaurus robotic platform that will be modified to become a reconfigurable land robot.

The Leonardo Labs, which will develop skills transversal to the company’s business areas in the field of unmanned and robotics, are: Future Rotorcraft Technologies, Future Aircraft Technologies, Space Technologies, Future Electronics & Sensing, Applied Artificial Intelligence, HPC\Cloud\Big Data Technologies, Intelligent Autonomous System.