Research Showcase

This page provides an opportunity to members of the committee to showcase Important Success Stories and Videos of Research Results.

Kineo : a success story of motion planning algorithms

Kineo Computed Aided Motion was created in 2000 as a start-up company from LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France). The company develops and markets advanced software solutions for automatic path planning in industrial domains such as product lifecycle management. This technology, resulting from the recent progress of the motion planning research and now incorporated by major providers of PML solutions (UGS-Technomatix, Dassault Systèmes), demonstrates ability of the algorithms to explore complex industrial scenarios and cost-saving through faster computations (up to 50% time reduction). Since 2012, Kineo CAM is part of Siemens PLM.
For more details on Kineo's story, see article in the June 2006 issue of the IEEE RA Magazine.

KIVA Systems : Defying the laws of fulfillment

The Kiva warehouse management system by KIVA Systems is the first commercially available, large-scale autonomous robot system. The Kiva system uses hundreds of inexpensive robots capable of lifting and carrying inventory pods to bring the products to stations where workers can pick items off the pods and hence increases the productivity by a factor of two or more. The first permanent installation was deployed in the summer of 2006.

The Kiva system is a multi-agent system, where a Job Manager (JM) allocates system-wide resource (i.e., pods, robots, stations) and each robot handles its own task planning, path planning (using a standard implementation of A*), and motion planning. Observe that all robots operate in a controlled, known environment and they are essentially independent (i.e., no collaboration between robots).

The Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre (FCC) : Motion planning in automotive industry

The motion planning software developed by the Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre (FCC) is used at the Volvo Cars plant in Sweden. One of the problems the planner solved for Volvo cars and others is the sealing problem (i.e., using robots to spray a sticky substance along the seams of a car body).

MoMA-LigPath : Motion planning algorithms to simulate molecular motions

The Robotics group at LAAS-CNRS has developed a web application to simulate protein-ligand unbinding. The application, called MoMA-LigPath, applies the ML-RRT algorithm to compute motions of flexible molecular models.
A paper presenting the web server was published in the NAR 2013 Web Server Issue.