Overall strategy and general description

The work within the PAN-Robots project will be separated into eight different work packages.

WP 1 will focus on overall management activities like administrative, technical and risk management as well as quality control to ensure the good quality of the whole project work.

WP 2 will organize dissemination of the project results and achievements to various stakeholders, audiences and research communities. A special focus will be laid on the promotion of the explored results with regard to efficiency, safety and energy optimization.

In WP 3, an analysis of the needs of internal logistics systems will be carried out in order to identify relevant scenarios and use cases for PAN-Robots. Based on the outcome, a set of requirements for the system will defined.

WP 4 will specify the scenarios and use cases selected for the project. Moreover, the hardware and software system architecture and all its components will be defined. This includes specifically the control center HMI and all relevant interfaces.

The key technologies of PAN-Robots, such as the omnidirectional stereo sensor, the environment perception and localization system as well as factory exploration algorithms for initial robot deployment, will be developed within WP 5, which is split in 2 parts separated by a preliminary testing phase. One general focus of this work package will be to ensure all components and modules operate flawlessly together and enable the system development in WP 6 and the system integration in WP 7.

Based on the key technologies developed in WP 5, WP 6 will focus on the development of system running in the infrastructure such as infrastructure sensor systems, a global environment model and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Furthermore, the control center (CC) including an intuitive HMI (human machine interface) will be developed, offering a simple but powerful system setup and operation control. On the on-board side of WP6, path-planning and navigation modules for the AGVs as well as pallet loading and unloading procedures will be implemented.

Within WP 7, the demonstrator AGVs and the test site will be equipped with all components and modules developed including the control center.

A modular evaluation and validation plan will be provided in WP8 within the first 12 months. Many different tests will be performed in order to evaluate the developed system and its components compared to its specification. A system benefit and impact assessment will be conducted and the overall PAN-Robots results and achievements will be assessed with regard to the define project objectives. The project will conclude with WP9 demonstration.