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For AI driven contact based task control, a dynamic evaluation method of deformable object grasping has been validated experimentally on the dual-arm robotic platform.
CA-INP as coordinator has a full overview of the activities performed in these two years by SOFTMANBOT project. For Robotic perception, a novel pipeline named “ROBUSfT” has been proposed that generates the 3D shape of deforming objects from images coming from a monocular camera. Furthermore, a software architecture is under development that connects all project parts for all partners.
These newsletters are brought out to keep you informed on the latest developments of SOFTMANBOT project, including interviews, upcoming events, project progress and achievements, information on the project partners and other related news. This issue, coming in November 2021, gives you an overview of the status of SOFTMANBOT and of the actions undertaken by SOFTMANBOT partners. 
As well as, an unilateral teleoperation system, both for grasping and manipulation, has been presented to be used for retrieving data from human demonstrations. 
Finally, a novel approach to manipulate deformable objects has been proposed and it has been validated on bi-arm manipulation experiments at
These experiments will be tested at our industrial partner Michelin. The SOFTMANBOT team continues working, with more strength than ever, to achieve all its goals successfully, despite of the pandemic and of the "new normal". In mid October we had our 24M General Assembly in person in Paris, the strategy for the project's progress in the coming months was defined.
     This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
     under grant agreement No 869855. 
The partners of SOFTMANBOT project, met in Paris for the two-year project milestone.
SOFTMANBOT has developed robotic cells for the manipulation of deformable and flexible materials in the manufacture of footwear, toys, textiles and tyres.
This technology, which is being tested at laboratory scale, will soon be incorporated in the facilities of industrial partners: PLASTINHER URBAN SL, JUEMA SL, Decathlon Italy and Michelin for validation in real manufacturing conditions.
 In addition to the technological level of the research, SOFTMANBOT has a high social component, as it seeks to protect workers' health by freeing them from repetitive tasks that require significant strength and to make production more efficient and sustainable.
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The European Robotics Forum 2021 (ERF 2021), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, was held as a virtual event 13-15 April 2021. The ERF2021 covers all aspects and current themes related to the field of robotics. Researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and public funding officers from all over Europe come together to discuss technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics and robotics-related AI can be accelerated. SOFTMANBOT project, together with 3 sister projects (APRIL project MERGING Project and REMODEL project funded by the European Commission through the call DT-FOF-12-2019 – Handling systems for flexible materials (RIA), is currently working to advance the state of the art on the handling of soft materials with robots. This challenge will play a significant role in the factories of the future, in sectors such as the textile, food, electric and electronics industries.

The four projects have co-organized a workshop on the 13th of April, to compare their approaches to soft objects manipulation and to identify synergies and specificities.The workshop aimed to increase awareness of the importance of developing solutions for manipulating soft and deformable objects, to inform about the main scientific and technical challenges involved, and to highlight the economic and societal impact of such solutions for the European industry. In order to give the audience an overview of the specific needs of various industries, each project focused its presentation on one chosen use-case – although they all cover several industrial sectors in their work plan. The workshop attracted more than one hundred participants and we will share the link to see the recordings in the next few weeks.
To discover more, you can download here SOFTMANBOT’s presentation.

     On the 31st of May Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia,
     EU AnDy Project and the SOFTMANBOT project
     joined forces for the Workshop on Teleoperation
     of Dynamic Legged Robots in Real Scenarios
     during IEEE ICRA 2021.
     This workshop aimed at gathering researchers
     from legged robotics, teleoperation, and human
     motions studies together in order to present the
     latest results in humanoid and quadruped robot
     teleoperation and draw the challenges that the
     research community faces to effectively
     teleoperate the robot for different scenarios. 


     You can find the video of the talks in the following
     YouTube link:

      For more details about the workshop, please visit
      the workshop website:


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SOFTMANBOT Project Has Received Funding From The European Union’s Horizon 2021 Research And Innovation Programme Under Grant Agreement No. 869855. The newsletter Reflects Only The Authors’ Views And The European Union Is Not Liable For Any Use That May Be Made Of The Information Contained Therein.
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