The objective of dissemination will be both progresses and final outcome of the project. One of the scopes of the consortium is to strengthen the International and European visibility of the project through effective dissemination of projects results, and share the scientific knowledge and understanding gained from the project research work, with the European scientific and industrial community and other stake holders, as well as international organisations with an interests in IF. To reach this goal, several Tools and Channels has been designed and will be used to achieve dissemination objectives, targeting policy makers, general public, robotic companies and technical audience.
SIROM project leaflet will be designed and be made available for downloading and collection at venues. Workshops and seminars will be organised and updated at this website.
Videos of conceptual design and prototyping will be made available for public viewing, which will be enhanced by images and text descriptions.
- University of Strathclyde, with the support of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Intuition of Engineering and Technology (IET) Robotics & Mechatronics TPN will organise the 16th Mechatronics Forum International Conference-MECHATRONICS 2018: Reinventing Mechatronics in Sept, 2018. Detailed information can be found at conference website: http://mechatronicsforum.co.uk
- SIROM project will support the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), to be held at Bremen, Germany, on 1-5 OCT 2018. More information can be found at the conference website: https://www.iac2018.org/
Publications and Conferences
At the the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018) conference, SIROM team has been invited to submit and publish one journal paper and presented three conference papers published the IAC proceedings with the following details:
- Javier Vinals, Eduardo Urgoiti, Gonzalo Guerra, Ignacio Valiente, Judit Esnoz-Larraya,· Michel Ilzkovitz,·Mario Fran´ceski, Pierre Letier, Xiu-Tian Yan, Gwenole Henry, Albino Quaranta, Wiebke Brinkmann, Marko Jankovic, Sebastian Bartsch, Alessandro Fumagalli, Manfred Doermer “Multi-functional interface for flexibility and reconfigurability of Future European Space Robotic Systems”, Advanced in Astronautics Science and Technology – Special Issue with Selected Papers from IAC-2018, Springer, page 119-133, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42423-018-0009-1, published online: 6 September 2018.
- Wiebke Brinkmann, Marko Jankovic, Christoph Stoeffler, Gonzalo Guerra, Eduardo Urgoiti, Javier Vinals, Sebastian Bartsch, “Modular Active Payload Modules for Robotic Handlings in Future Orbital Missions”, IAC-18-D1.6.5. In Proceedings of the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018), October 1-5, Bremen, Germany, International Astronautical Federation (IAF), 2018
- Javier Vinals, Eduardo Urgoiti, Gonzalo Guerra, Ignacio Valiente, Judit Esnoz-Larraya, Michel Ilzkovitz, Mario Franćeski, Pierre Letier, Xiu-Tian Yan, Gwenole Henry, Albino Quaranta, Wiebke Brinkmann, Marko Jankovic, Sebastian Bartsch, Vangelis Kollias, Nikos Pogkas, Alessandro Fumagalli, Alessandro Pilati, Manfred Doermer, “Future space missions with reconfigurable modular payload modules and Standard interface – an overview of the sirom project”. In Proceedings of the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018), October 1-5, Bremen, Germany, International Astronautical Federation (IAF), 2018.
- Alessandro Tringalia, Silvio Cocuzza ,Xiu-Tian Yan, “Predictive control of a space manipulator through error and kinetic energy expectation”. In Proceedings of the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018), October 1-5, Bremen, Germany, International Astronautical Federation (IAF), 2018.
The interactive presentation delivered by SIROM project staff on “Multi-functional interface for flexibility and reconfigureability of Future European Space Robotic Systems” received a nomination as one of the 3 finalists for the best paper award in Category D Infrastructure from 341 received entries.
At the Mechatronics 2018 conference, 3 conference papers have been accepted and presented with the following details:
- Scott Brady and Xiu T Yan, “An engineering design tool capable of nurturing the development of new mechatronic actuators”.
- Thomas McMaster and Xiu Yan, “Development of a heat flow code to simulate production of a functionally graded material robotic gripper using the additive manufacture process”.
- Xiu T. Yan, Mark A. Post, Alessandro Bianco, Cong Niu, Roberto Palazzetti, Ying Lu, Craig Melville, Aron Kisdi and Wayne Tubby, “The AgriRover: a Mechatronic Platform from Space Robotics for Precision Farming”.
The international IEEE Aerospace Conference is organized to promote interdisciplinary understanding of aerospace systems, their underlying science and technology, and their application to government and commercial endeavors. The annual, week-long conference, is designed for aerospace experts, academics, military personnel, and industry leaders. Thus, it was an ideal platform to present the SIROM project and its initial results/ideas to a wide, mainly non-European, audience.
The 2018 conference was the 39th in the series and it took place at the Yellowstone Conference Center in Big Sky, Montana, USA in the first week of March 2018. It was attended by Marko Jankovic and Wiebke Brinkmann, from the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), DFKI, Bremen, Germany, where they presented two papers related to the SIROM project entitled: "Concepts of active payload modules and end-effectors suitable for Standard Interface for Robotic Manipulation of Payloads in Future Space Missions (SIROM) interface" and "Design and Evaluation of an End-Effector for a Reconfigurable Multi-Robot System for Future Planetary Missions", respectively. The presented results and insights were positively accepted by the conference attendees and have sparked interesting after-presentation discussions that led to networking opportunities and information exchanges.
The presented papers will be published in the near future in the IEEE Xplore digital library further promoting the dissemination of the SIROM project and making the project even more visible to the non-European professionals.
Yan Xiu-Tian, Brinkmann Wiebke , Palazzetti Roberto, Melville Craig, Li Youhua, Bartsch Sebastian, Kirchner Frank “Integrated mechanical, thermal, data and power transfer interfaces for future space robotics” Frontiers in Robotics and AI Vol 5, (2018)
Researchers from SIROM project attended 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation (ASTRA 2017), which was held on 20-22 June, 2017, at Leiden, Netherlands. Following paper was presented:
Wiebke Wenzel, Roberto Palazzetti, Xiu T Yan, Sebastian Bartsch, “Mechanical, thermal, data and power transfer types for robotic space interfaces for orbital and planetary missions – A technical review”..
Four papers have been presented at 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which was held on 25-29 September, 2017, Australia. The paper details are:
- Roberto Palazzetti, Wiebke Wenzel, Sebastian Bartsch, Karen Donaldson, Xiu-Tian Yan, “Toward a multifunctional interface for future planetary and orbital missions”, IAC-17.C2.2.7.
- Thomas McMaster, Xiu T Yan, “The design of a lightweight robotic arm link using functionally graded materials: a case study”, IAC-17.C2.IP.40.
- Thomas McMaster, Xiu T Yan “A methodology for design of lightweight parts in harsh environments”, IAC-17.C2.9.5.
- Scott Brady, Xiu T Yan, “Lightweight Means of Actuation for Use in Space-Based Robotics”, IAC-17.C2.7.4.
Public engagement activities
Mechatronics 2018 : Reinventing Mechatronics , was held successfully in Sept, 2018. The conference was organised by the University of Strathclyde, with the support of Intuition of Engineering and Technology (IET) Robotics & Mechatronics TPN and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
The three days conference was attended by around 60 delegates. Delegates are from Europe, USA, China, South Korea, and middle east. One e-book entitled REINVENTING MECHATRONICS Proceedings of MECHATRONICS 2018 with an ISBN number: 978-1-909522-37-4 (e-Book) was published. Another book is to be published by Springer based on selected papers with extended and new materials in 2019.
The 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was held at Bremen, Germany, from 1-5 OCT 2018. This is the biggest global Space Congress since its first meeting and academic, industrial and governmental delegates gathered together to share the latest thinking and developments in multidisciplinary and big space research and development for the benefits of mankind. IAC 2018 covered virtually all space sectors and topics, and it offered everyone too many opportunities to find out the latest space research development and advancements. It also offered an excellent networking opportunities for all new and old delegates to IAC to explore potential partnerships. The theme of this session is "IAC 2018 – Involving Everyone" as the organisers wanted to share their vision of a more diverse space sector. It attracted over 6300 delegates from all over the world.
Project members from SIROM project supported and participated the conference by showcasing the SIROM project findings at a booth exhibition in the exhibition hall led by DFKI. The booth also showcase all six Operational Grant projects. SIROM team joined PERSPEARA team and other Operational Grant (OG) teams to promote the research and development outcomes of all six OG’s achievements so far in the dedicated exhibition booth. The robot Coyote was the star in the exhibition booth and the booth has attracted a lot of interests from both IAC delegates and general public on Germany’s national holiday on Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018.
Mechatronics Forum Prestige Lecture of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers:
Title: A review of current European Space Robotics Research
Venue: IMechE Headquarter at 1 Birdcage Walk, London
Dissemination and project result Documents
Please download SIROM project leaflet at this page - SIROM Leaflet
Please download the SIROM project Newsletter - SIROM Newsletter 2017
Multidisciplinary design and modelling work demonstrates a possible design of the IF, tackles some main issues related to the layup and to the mechanical and thermal functionalities, and shows how shapes deform during the operations.
D1.4 OG5-D1_Multidisciplinary design and modelling Public is available to download - D1.4 OG5-D1_Multidisciplinary design and modelling Public
D2.1 OG5-D0_Reviews Data Package summarizes all the activities and works performed in WP2 Preliminary Design and Modelling from PM1 (Month 3) to PDR (Month 9). includes the following:
• List of all reports and presentations performed
• Design, manufacturing and AIT description
• Software documentation and description
• Ground support test equipment description
• Test and demonstration plan, procedures and results
• Product Tree
• Technology development plan
• Dissemination plan / Publications
• Exploitation plan
D2.1 OG5-D0_Reviews Data Package WP2 is available to download - D2.1 OG5-D0_Review Data Package WP2_rev1.pdf .
Design Definition File (DDF) describes the SIROM design and include the following information:
a. a brief description of the product and of the main technical requirements throughout its life cycle phases.
b. the description of the system or product design documentation, based on the product tree.
DDF D2.9 OG5-D2 Design Definition File rev 1 is available for download here.
Interface Control Document is provided as the inputs from SIROM OG5 for the compilation with all of the Operational Grants (OG) that have been awarded in Call 1 of the SRC.
These OGs develop basic building blocks that, at later stage in the SRC, will be assembled into application solutions and finally fly as part of the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) in the timeframe 2023-2024.
Though it is not intended to integrate the results (intermediate and final) of the OGs as part of the current activities, it is important that these building blocks are designed to be intrinsically compatible.
This is the fundamental purpose of this document: describing the interfaces and interactions needed between the OGs so that one day they can seamlessly work together.
Interface Control Document D2.14 OG5-D2_Interface Control Document rev 1 is available for download here.
The objective of the user manual (UM) is to provide information on design, operations and data of the product that is required by the user to handle, install, operate, maintain and dispose the product during its life time. The user manual (UM) shall address the whole product life cycle and all its modes: 1. Handling 2. Storage 3. Installation 4. Operations (nominal and contingency) 5. Maintenance 6. Disposal.
D2.17 OG5-D2_User Manual_v_1.pdf is available to download here
This document contains information on design, operations and data of the product that is required by the user to handle, install, operate, maintain and dispose the product during its life time.
D3.14 OG5-D2_User Manual.pdf is available to download here
This document contains updated information on design, operations and data of SIROM and is the updated version for the document D2.17 OG5-D2_User Manual above.