Projects

Project #1 AIARA: Artificial Intelligence Enabled Highly Adaptive Robots for Aerospace Industry 4.0
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS
Kinova

Germany
DLR ZLP in Augsburg
ZAL
Broetje Automation https://www.broetje-automation.com
Fraunhofer IPT

Keywords3D Vision, Adaptive Robotics
SummaryThe AIARA project seeks for novel solutions for flexible and versatile robotic manipulation using reinforcement learning methods. Conventionally, an agent is trained for a specific task of the robotic system. The agent should be retrained if the objective of the robotic task is changed. In AIARA, we aim at novel methods to develop an adaptive agent for a cluster of various tasks, such that retraining is avoided for certain environmental changes. The methods are then further applied to multi-arm collaboration scenarios to train multiple agents with inter-adaptation. Our ambition is to lead the way towards reliable manipulation of adaptive learning robots in complex environments.
Funding SourcesNSERC CRD and CRIAQ in Canada
Lufo-8 in Germany
StatusFunded June 2020, 3 years
Highly qualified personnel (HQP) in CanadaProf. Dr. Homayoun Najjaran (PI)
Abtin Djavadifar (Lab Manager)
Zengjie Zhang (Postdoc)
Kashish Gupta (PhD student)
Amir Soufi (PhD student)
Ram Durshan (Master student)
(Another master student in Sept. 2021)
Project #2 Deep-Learning for Distributed Intelligent Systems with Applications in Robotics and Computer Vision
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS
VCVision

Germany (“it’s OWL” members)
Resolto
Fraunhofer IOSB-INA

Keywords3D Vision, Adaptive Robotics
Summary
Funding SourcesMITACS and IRAP in Canada
BMBF in Germany
StatusFunded January 2020, 3 years
Highly qualified personnel (HQP) in CanadaProf. Dr. Homayoun Najjaran (PI)
Abtin Djavadifar (Lab Manager)
Mehran Ghafarian (PhD student)
Aria Salari (Master student)
(Another PhD and another masters student in sept 2021)
Project #3 3D Active SLAM for Mobile Mapping of the Interior of Floating Roof Fuel Tanks
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS

Germany
Rosen Group

Keywords3D Vision and Mapping, Active SLAM
Summary
Funding SourcesMITACS in Canada
Rosen
StatusFunded September 2019, 3 years
Highly qualified personnel (HQP) in CanadaProf. Dr. Homayoun Najjaran (PI)
Abtin Djavadifar (Lab Manager)
Jamil Fayyad (PhD student)
Kai Neubauer (Master student)
Jesse Roch (Master student)
Project #4 Embedded Artificial Intelligence for Production Systems (EASY)
Integration of AI into Manufacturing Execution System (IMES)
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS
NTWIST

Germany
Düspohl
Encoway
Fraunhofer IOSB-IEM
Keywords3D Vision, Adaptive Robotics, Human-Robot Collaboration
SummaryThe Intelligent Manufacturing Execution System (IMES) project is intrinsically an intersection between Industrial Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science that is aimed at achieving an intelligent adaptable manufacturing orchestration system, alleviating the obstacles of industry 4.0 implementation so that the manufacturers can cut operational costs, improve product reliability, and make the occupational environment safer. The project aims to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning, execution, and monitoring tasks in Manufacturing Execution Systems, by developing the Digital Twins of the production line comprising multi-agent systems powered by OPC-UA and proposing effective AI-based decision-support systems.
Funding SourcesNSERC and IRAP in Canada
BMBF in Germany
StatusFunded October 2020, 3 Years
Highly qualified personnel (HQP) in CanadaProf. Dr. Homayoun Najjaran (PI)
Abtin Djavadifar (Lab Manager)
Dr. Masoud Jalayer (Postdoc)
Ardeshir Shojaeenasab (PhD student)
Todd Charter (Master Student)
Oluwaseyi Ogunfowora (Master student)
(Another PhD student will be added in Sept. 2021)
Project #5 UBC-Festo Centre for Research and Training
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS

Germany
• Festo
Keywords3D Vision, Adaptive Robotics, Modular Production System, Cyberphysical Factories, Virtual and Augmented Reality
Summary
Funding SourcesUBC School of Engineering
Festo
StatusUBC has established two facilities including, Modular Production System (MPS) lab and Cyberphysical (CP) lab. Two UBC professors have been certified with Train-the-trainer to train both UBC students and external applicants. The BC government provided funding to train 75 trainees in spring 2021. The centre will expand to provide its services internationally.
Highly qualified personnel (HQP) in CanadaProf. Dr. Homayoun Najjaran (PI)
Prof. Dr. Dean Richert (Co-PI)
School of Engineering staff and teaching assistants.
Project #6 AIEI-Photogram - AI-Enabled Aerial High-Precision Industrial Photogrammetry using UAV Formation
PartnersCanada
UBC ACIS
• NRC-Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Keywords3D Vision, Adaptive Robotics, Unmanned Systems
Summary
Funding SourcesNRC
StatusFunded