Multi-contact humanoid technology for aircraft manufacturing
Speaker: Prof. Abderrahmane Kheddar
Date: 31 January 2017 Time: 11.00-13.00
Location: "Stelios Orphanoudakis" Seminar Room, FORTH, Heraklion, Crete
Host: Prof. Antonis Argyros


This talk sums up the COMANOID project stakes and current achievements in using multi-contact technology and humanoid robotics in Airbus Group aircraft manufacturing. COMANOID investigates the deployment of robotic solutions in well-identified Airbus Group airliner assembly operations that are laborious or tedious for human workers and for which access is impossible for wheeled or rail-ported robotic platforms. As a solution to these constraints a humanoid robot embedded with multi-contact motion technology is proposed to achieve the described tasks in real-use cases provided by Airbus Group. We will present the project and some of its goal and discuss difficulties inherent to innovation and some of the problems that need to be solved together with the gap that remain to overcome in achieving this challenging goal.


Abderrahmane KHEDDAR received the BS in Computer Science degree from the Institut National d’Informatique (ESI), Algiers, the MSc and Ph.D. degree in robotics, both from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. He is presently Directeur de Recherche at CNRS. He was the Director of the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotic Laboratory (JRL), UMI3218/RL, Tsukuba, Japan (10/2008 to 12/2016) and is now its Codirector. He is also leading the Interactive Digital Humans (IDH) team at CNRS-University of Montpellier LIRMM, France. His research interests include haptics, humanoids and thought-based control using brain machine interfaces. He is a founding member of the IEEE/RAS chapter on haptics (acting also as a senior advisor), the co-chair and co-founding member of the IEEE/RAS Technical committee on model-based optimization. He is presently Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, among the founders of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics he served in its editorial board from 2007 to 2010 and served as an associate editor in the MIT Press Presence journal. He is an IEEE Senior Member, Member of the steering committee of the IEEE Brain Initiative, member of the National Academy of Technology of France, and Knight of the National Order of the Merit.

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