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Infobótica Research Group - 2012 scientific report
Our research group has achieved several scientific results this year, including scientific articles in peer-review journals, scientific projects awarded by public calls and communications to conferences and meetings.
Members of the Infobótica Research Group have published a RESEARCH ARTICLE entitled "Towards a new open communication standard between homes and service robots, the DHCompliant case" in the Robotics and Autonomous System journal. The aim of this article was to present a new protocol to integrate domestic robots into a smart home environment.
Reference: Alonso, IG; Fres, OA; Fernandez, AA; del Torno, PG; Maestre, JM; Fuente, MDAG. Towards a new open communication standard between homes and service robots, the DH Compliant case. Robotics and Autonomous systems, 2012 (60) 6; 889-900.
The interoperability of service robots and digital home was a user demand from the past years. In response to that necessity, the researchers from the Infobotica Research Group, in cooperation with a group of companies and universities, have proposed a new open standard and architecture. It is composed of different virtual services, protocols as well as an open adapters' architecture, on top of the UPnP protocol stack. The proposed application protocols and the general architecture provide a communication environment for positioning devices, rules compliance checks, the collaboration between devices and managing energy efficiently. The different tools, adapters, and protocols, developed within the DHCompliant architecture, have defined a new level of application protocol that has allowed increased integration of those modules into home automation, improving their interoperability, and allowing the addition of new services to the same standard and commercial hardware.
Besides this publication, the Infobotica Research Group has also taken part in the MEETING 2012 IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) with a Work in Progress entitled "Work in progress: Smart Way in a robotic village".
Reference: Garcia, JJT; Alonso, IG; de la Rua Garcia, RB; Ibor, CM. Work in progress: Smart Way in a robotic village. IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC), 2012.
The aim of this research is to develop a set of technologies and standards for the interoperability of an energy-efficient robotic village. Furthermore, the approach for achieving that will be done in the form of a living lab. So the research presented here will be to proof and to tune different technological standards and technologies considered "green", in a large experimental context of a Robotic Village. The research topics associated with it will be related with the increase of the energy efficiency in different daily areas and how they will contribute to the objectives of 2020 agenda from the UE, of reducing human impact on climate change. One of those research areas is the Smart Way, where technological challenges of the EV, the automation in road infrastructure building and the interoperability of road management and transportation systems will be gathered in order to boost a progressive variation of current transportation model. Concretely, the studies and developments necessary to achieve an increase in energy density and service life, reduced recharge times and price decrease will be carried out.
Finally, our research group has been awarded with three NATIONAL PROJECTS of Research and Development collaborating with several Spanish companies:
On one hand, the SHE project has the aim of providing users a tool to manage, control and plan their energy consumption and expenditure. This way, the final user will be able to interact with the electric appliances of his/her home, allowing the progressive reduction of his/her invoice.
On the other hand, since the storage of big quantities of electricity is not feasible and an electricity power station has to generate the electricity needed at each moment, the SHE project also involves the management of the demand for energy: efficiency and energy saving, time discrimination and management of the demand of interruption interruption.
This project is the second part of the DHCompliant project, which established an UPnP-based standard that allows the intercommunication between Smart Home and service robots.
Given the success achieved in the first project, this second approach has the main objective of expanding the application field of the standard, which was restricted only to Smart Home and service robots. With the development of the protocol in Web Services technologies it is pretended to expand it use to a wide range of appliances.
It is also planned the development of an interface which allows to control over all the devices that are interconnected among them. Through tis interface, the user will be able to plan and manage all the elements embedded on the system, reaching a high degree of control of his/her home.
This is a technology innovation project leaded by Telefónica together with Infobótica Research Group. Its main objective is, in the field of the Home Automation, to remotely monitor a Smart Home or domestic robots in order to, for example, control cleaning tasks.
In this Project the two commercial robots used were the Rovio, one of the most sold platforms of remote video surveillance; and the Samsung Tango, an advanced domestic cleaning robot, which is still not commercialized in Europe.
Besides, the Infobotica Research Group is also involved on several projects related to robots to improve safety on roads and highways as well as others concerning the use of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). All of them are still subject to confidence agreements and cannot be publicly announced.
The Infobotica Research Group is currently looking for partners in order to start a new project named Manufactured Printed Village (MPV) based on the automated 3D printing of smart homes. This is a very interesting solution in case of rebuilding after natural disasters, giving cheap and fast solutions to the poor.