Problems To Be Solved

Although industrial robots have been widely used in the automotive manufacturing, metal manufacturing and other industries, industrial robots are generally not intelligent and not safe for human. The major problems we want to solve are as follows.

(1) Existing industrial robots are mainly concentrated on simple processes such as laser welding, painting, handling, and loading and unloading. For manufacturing processes that require human judgment, most work are still done by human. With the current rising labor costs, the manufacturing industry is generally facing the problem of labor shortage.

(2) Most of the existing industrial robots do not have intelligence, and they still use pre-arranged and fixed motions. Robots are complicated to program and time-consuming. They need to be processed by highly-paid professionals, and they cannot perform frequent task conversions according to product changes.

(3) Most robots need to be “closed in cages” to prevent harm to the human body. Humans and robots are completely separated and there is no cooperative relationship.

With the ever-changing of products and the increasing competition in the global market, global manufacturing companies are seeking smart and flexible robots. One of our research directions is to develop a new generation of intelligent robotic solutions that can solve the above problems.

Solutions Being Developed

The solution we are trying to develop is a soft collaborative robot with intelligence. This is a new generation of robots with fast learning, rapid deployment, high flexibility and adaptability. It has the ability to perform complex tasks with human. The solution has the following features:

(1) Robotic brain: The robotic brain will integrate the research results in machine vision, deep reinforcement learning, imitation learning, one-shot learning, meta-learning, intelligent autonomous system, and a new generation of control technology, making the robot efficiently learn new skills needed to perform complex tasks and quickly adapt to new or complex environments (or tasks). Our robotic brain enables robots to accurately handle more complex, broader tasks (such as machining complex-shaped parts, picking complex boxes, assembling complex products, stacking/unstacking irregular objects, and manipulation of deformable objects, etc..

(2) Robot body: Our robot body will integrate "soft" robot technology and adopt advanced human-machine collaborative architecture, featuring high security, easy operation, and openness. We will first start with the single arm robotic solutions, then expand to two arms robotic solution. It can perform complex tasks that general industrial robots cannot perform, providing manufacturers with the high-performance automation they need while maintaining flexibility, safety, and affordability.

3) Adaptive Technology: Our robots will integrate the research results in intelligent autonomous systems, enabling robots to adapt themselves to complex environments. At the same time, the unprecedented range, shape, size, or weight of components can be processed to meet the speed and precision required by today's and tomorrow's manufacturing plants and warehouses. At the same time, it can be applied to a wider range of scenarios.

(4) Flexibility: Our robots can quickly adapt to product changes, and quickly and flexibly deploy to various production lines, greatly reducing the time required for product manufacturing, from parts processing, injection molding, welding, polishing, assembling, painting, packaging, labeling, and many other tasks, even economically viable in small batch production.