We have developed techniques for the monitoring and diagnosis of a team of service robots in the context of the national project ROBOCARE, which was Funded by MIUR L. 449/97 and coordinated by the ISTC (CNR) from 2002 to 2006.
The ROBOCARE project, involving several partners, aimed at studying issues and challenges involved in the design of systems for the care of the elderly that adopt both fixed (mainly sensors) and mobile heterogeneous agents (robots).
Within the ROBOCARE project, we have developed innovative techniques for the on-line monitoring and diagnosis that have been proved useful also for other kinds of multi-agent systems.
We have also developed a software prototype for the supervision in the applicative domain of ROBOCARE with a graphical interface able to provide the user with a synthetic interpretation of the monitoring data and the failure in the actions performed by the robots.
After the end of the project, we have extended the approach taken in ROBOCARE for providing an autonomous closed control loop over the execution of a plan involving a team of robots. In particular, we are developing mechanisms for integrating monitoring and diagnosis with planning and recovery mechanisms.
Currently, our group is actively involved in the research agreement "Path planning in mobile service robots" between the Computer Science Department and ERXA, a company based in Turin operating in the field of robotics.
Based on this agreement, a 15 months research grant has been assigned to a graduate student; the research activity is carried at ERXA, under the scientific supervision of Prof. Pietro Torasso.
Our group is one of the research units of Universit? di Torino involved in the partnership to ARP - Associazione Robotica Piemonte (Piedmont Robotics Association) and has actively participated to the Passion for Robots event in June 2007 at Politecnico di Torino.