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JARVIS is an EU-funded project committed to advancing human-robot collaboration in a user-centric manner. The JARVIS consortium comprises 16 organisations from across Europe, boasting extensive expertise in both research and industrial applications. Building upon the success of prior EU projects, JARVIS brings substantial experience in open calls and Human-Robot Interaction to the forefront.

To strengthen the competitiveness of the EU industry, there is an increasing need for flexible production, exploiting the capabilities of both the machinery and human workforce. Wider industrial adoption is lagging due to the following restrictions:

  • Limited cognition and intelligence:
  • Low performance of collaborative operations:
  • Limited collaboration fluidity as the operators must adapt to the particularities of the robots.
  • Complexity in robot programming which requires the involvement of skilled engineers.

JARVIS aims to develop a reusable set of tools that enable AI driven multimodal means of interaction:

  • involving interfaces for physical and remote information exchange, robot control and programming,
  • providing social skills to a plethora of robotic platforms to achieve seamless user-centric interaction that extends human ability for complex tasks and
  • demonstrating scalability of application and ability to achieve economies at scale.

Being an industry-oriented Innovation Action, JARVIS is driven by industrial requirements which can be mapped to the following objectives:

  • Development of AI enhanced means of interaction for seamless human-robot communication, control and programming
  • Development of socially interactive robots
  • Security, privacy and safety towards trustworthy AI
  • Development of cognitive and intelligent mechatronics for advanced HRI, dynamic scene modeling and understanding
  • Application of HRI in large scale pilots
  • Boosting companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to adopt industrial HRI solutions
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The project aspires to address the implementation of advanced HRI through a holistic approach. Finally, JARVIS aspires to expand the adoption of Human Robot Interaction approaches in a pan-European fashion offering European innovators the opportunity to be involved by means of Financial Support for Third Parties (FSTP) financing with the help of a number of open calls.

Expected Results/Impact

The consortium of JARVIS acknowledges technological barriers as well as the required enablers for improving the HRI functionalities in the different industrial cases.  The JARVIS technologies will be tested for flexibility, scalability, and user acceptance in four use cases, aiming to demonstrate production line and cross sector applicability:

Making a Major Impact in Scientific, Economic, and Societal Fields, JARVIS aspires to make a major impact in three key fields:

  • Scientific impact: Contributing to the state-of-the-art in robotics, AI, human-machine interaction, communication, and sensing technologies.
  • Economic Impact: Launching 2 open calls, with a total of 21 approved applicants, JARVIS aims to guide, support, and monitor SMEs and startups’ performance, fostering new solutions and pilots.
  • Societal Impact: Aiming for a reduction of human exposure to harmful environments through teleoperation, high operator acceptance, and improved ergonomic conditions through Human Robot Collaboration.