Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University takes the responsibility for the coordination of the entire project and also leads two technical work packages WP1 (System architecture, task planning, and fleet management) and WP6 (Fault detection and fault tolerance). The University of Applied Sciences with locations in Sankt Augustin, Rheinbach and Hennef was founded in 1995.
The AGAPLESION Frankfurter Diakonie Hospital gGmbH serves as a test facility and end user. AGAPLESION gAG, founded in 2002, is one of the largest healthcare groups in Germany comprising hospitals as well as residential and care facilities.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven takes a leading role in the development of a versatile easily deployable sensor network for range sensing and force-torque sensing in work package WP2 (Sensor cubes and distributed sensing). KU Leuven is further in charge for work package WP5 (Safe human-robot interaction) and shared task execution. KU Leuven, founded in 1425, is one of the oldest universities of Europe and was ranked as most innovative university of Europe.
The Locomotec GmbH takes the role as a system integrator and is responsible for application development. Its main obligation is the implementation and the field-testing of the use-cases within WP7. The Bavarian company, founded in 2010, develops service robots in the area of mobility and logistics. In addition, an intelligent training robot for runners has been invented, which is currently transformed to also guide blind and visually impaired runners.
Speciaal Machinefabriek Ketels v.o.f. is in charge of WP2 (Advanced mechatronics design). The Dutch company designed in particular the SmartWheel, as well as the docking and loading mechanism. The portfolio of SMFK, founded in 1926, includes technologies such as pneumatics and hydraulics, electronic control systems, sensor technologies and software.
Technical University Eindhoven is in charge of the entire topic of motion planning and motion control ranging from low-level control on joint and Cartesian space of a single wheel to motion planning for a vehicle in time-varying environments to multi-robot path planning and control (WP4). TU Eindhoven, founded in 1956, integrates education and research to enable students and scientists to become thought leaders and to design and achieve the unimaginable.